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UNC Baseball needs to "flush things pretty quickly" after loss to Mississippi State

If not for that inning, if not for that pitch, maybe this story begins differently. But unfortunately, both happened. And now the UNC baseball team must prepare for a College World Series elimination game Wednesday instead of sitting in the winners' bracket. "Well, good news is we get to play again," said after UNC's 12-2 loss to Mississippi State on Tuesday. (GoHeels.com)

Mike Fox, UNC Players Post-Mississippi State Press Conference Transcript

: "Well, good news is we get to play again. You've got to turn the page pretty quickly out here. And I don't think any of us will want our season to end on that performance, but you gotta give Mississippi State credit. I thought our defense just let us down terribly today. And they took advantage of that. So we're going to have to regroup here quickly." (ASAP Sports)

Dalatri's injury could have impact on UNC baseball's starting rotation going forward

UNC baseball coach had hoped to start Cooper Criswell on Monday, even if he had to pitch him for one inning on Saturday in an emergency situation. That emergency situation came up. Late in Saturday's game, UNC was running out of pitchers and Oregon State had the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh. So Fox inserted Criswell. (Charlotte Observer)

Brandon Martorano's Heavy Heart

Former North Carolina baseball player Zach Attianese and his father, Jude, died in a six-vehicle crash on I-75 in Michigan Friday night after a semi-truck struck the Attianese’s car. Saturday morning, just hours before UNC opened its College World Series against Oregon State, was tasked with sharing the news with his team following the pregame meal. (Inside Carolina)

Reliving North Carolina and Oregon State's steamy, crazy marathon at the College World Series

When it was over Saturday in the sauna of Omaha, and North Carolina had held off Oregon State 8-6 in the longest nine-inning game ever played in the College World Series, Tar Heels coach came up with the appropriate summation. “I think we all feel like we’ve been in a heavyweight fight.” So much was crammed in the first game of the tournament. (NCAA.com)

Eyes Forward For UNC Baseball

As they've done all season, the Tar Heel relievers, all five who pitched Saturday, provided stability. "The characteristic of this team I like the most is that we flush things pretty quickly," said. "And eyes forward, eyes forward, we've said that a lot. Once he's out of the game we gotta – it's the next pitchers, the next pitch. And our guys didn't really panic or flinch." (GoHeels.com)

After Tragic News, North Carolina Hangs On In College World Series Opener

North Carolina head coach didn’t want to have to share the news with his players — especially not today — just hours before the first game of the College World Series. But Fox had no choice. He gathered the Tar Heels on Saturday morning and told them that one of their former pitchers, lefthander Zach Attianese, and his father died in a car accident Friday. (Baseball America)

UNC wins College World Series opener after learning of death of former pitcher

North Carolina coach said the Tar Heels played with "heavy hearts" on Saturday in their College World Series-opening, 8-6 victory over Oregon State after learning of the death of former UNC pitcher Zach Attianese. Attianese and his father, Jude Attianese, were involved in a six-vehicle crash late Friday on I-75 in Michigan, according to a report by My Central Jersey. (ESPN.com)

North Carolina-Oregon State Postgame Notes

With Saturday's win, North Carolina is now 18-21 all-time in the CWS and 16-13 since 2006. Coach has either played or coached in all 18 wins. UNC improved to 37-0 on the year when scoring six runs or more in a game. Freshman LHP Caden O'Brien made his 29th appearance of the season, setting a new school record for appearances by a true freshman. (GoHeels.com)

Emotional UNC Knocks Off Oregon State

North Carolina coach and his team had just beaten the postseason juggernaut that is Oregon State, but he had to find a way to fight back tears at the end of what was supposed to be a joyous press conference. The Tar Heels began the College World Series with a complete team performance in an 8-6 win over Oregon State. (D1 Baseball)

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