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One Pitch Overshadows Austin Bergner's Strong Outing

Every single play is amplified at the College World Series, certain ones more so than others. In North Carolina’s 12-2 loss to Mississippi State on Tuesday, it was a 1-2 pitch that changed the dynamic of the game and sent the Tar Heels to the losers bracket. Austin Bergner (7-3) was dominant from his first pitch, hitting 94 miles per hour with his fastball and controlling his off-speed pitches. (Inside Carolina)

Fortunes change quickly for Tar Heels in 12-2 loss to Bulldogs

UNC fell to Mississippi State 12-2 Tuesday, but the score doesn't tell the story of how well Austin Bergner pitched. At one point, he retired 16 straight Bulldogs. He struck out eight – only Alex White and Andrew Miller have ever whiffed more batters in a UNC uniform at the College World Series. ESPN analyst Kyle Peterson said “He looks like a big leaguer today.” (WRAL Sports Fan)

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

Mike Fox: "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)

This is bananas: Mississippi St. beats Carolina 12-2 at CWS

Jordan Westburg hit a grand slam, doubled and drove in seven runs and Mississippi State went on to beat North Carolina 12-2 in the College World Series on Tuesday. The Bulldogs (39-27) continued their surprise postseason run and, with two wins at the CWS, are off until Friday. They need one more to advance to the best-of-three finals. (Associated Press)

Early Grand Slam Propels Mississippi State Past UNC in College World Series

UNC's Austin Bergner did about everything you could want from a starting pitcher Tuesday in UNC's College World Series game against Mississippi State–with the exception of one pitch in the second inning. With the bases loaded, Jordan Westburg took Bergner deep for a grand slam that gave the Bulldogs a lead they wouldn't relinquish on the way to a 12-2 win. (Chapelboro.com)

Mississippi State Blasts North Carolina, 12-2, in College World Series

North Carolina’s road to the College World Series finals took a detour into the losers bracket after Mississippi State shut down the Tar Heel bats in a 12-2 loss Tuesday. MSU nine-hole hitter Jordan Westburg tied a CWS-record with seven RBI, including a grand slam. The Tar Heels will play Oregon State in an elimination game at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday (ESPN). (Inside Carolina)

Carolina Insider Podcast: College World Series, Roy Williams & More

Jones and Adam go to Omaha for the College World Series and visit with men's basketball coach Roy Williams in Tuesday's episode of the Carolina Insider podcast. Hosts Jones Angell of the Tar Heel Sports Network and Adam Lucas of GoHeels.com also announce their 2018 Poddy nominees. Carolina Insider is a production hosted by Angell and Lucas. (GoHeels.com)

UPDATE: Tar Heels-Bulldogs Pushed To Tuesday Morning

Due to a lengthy delay to Monday's elimination game between Oregon State and Washington and the potential for more severe weather later in the evening, No. 6 North Carolina's game against Mississippi State has been postponed. The game is now slated for an 11:15 a.m. ET start on Tuesday and will air on ESPN2. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels Face Mississippi State In Game Two Of College World Series

After winning Saturday's first game of the College World Series against No. 3 Oregon State, No. 6 North Carolina will face Mississippi State tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN. Austin Bergner (7-2, 4.28 ERA) will get the start against the Bulldogs. In 75.2 innings this season, the sophomore has struck out 76 batters and held opponents to a .248 batting average. (GoHeels.com)

UNC baseball uses analytics to power defensive shifts

Major League Baseball teams have taken to shifting defenders more than ever thanks in part to analysis of where players hit the ball. North Carolina has followed suit, as evidenced in its 8-6 victory against Oregon State in Game 1 of the College World Series. Mississippi State will be the next team asked to solve the shifts when it meets UNC at 7 p.m. Monday. (Commercial Dispatch)

Tar Heels catcher playing with heavy heart after friend's death, but finds solace on field

The news of his good friend’s death ripped through his soul Saturday morning, just a few hours before he was set play in the biggest game of his college career. Yet Brandon Martorano never considered sitting out. The North Carolina catcher had just been told that he lost the buddy who was at the center of seemingly each of his Little League memories. (Omaha World-Herald)

UNC faces walk-off happy Bulldogs in key CWS game

The Tar Heels and Bulldogs have gotten to this point in Omaha quite differently, but the winner tonight will put itself in a strong position to reach the championship series. UNC is 6-0 in tournament play and has averaged better than nine runs per game. With UNC's offense rolling, it may take some pressure off a pitching staff that put in quite a bit of work in the opener. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Chansky’s Notebook: All Hands On Deck

North Carolina’s committee was better than Oregon State’s. If there is one thing the Tar Heels have learned from so many trips to the College World Series, it’s that baseball is a team game on this level, perhaps more than any other. The opening win Saturday over Oregon State demonstrated that you have to almost win by committee to survive and advance in Omaha. (Chapelboro.com)

On the heels of upset victory, North Carolina confirms style of play is CWS-worthy

The word “upset” may not begin to describe North Carolina’s 8-6 victory over Oregon State in the opening game of the College World Series. OSU has six players who earned All-America honors. UNC has no All-Americans and four who were picked All-ACC. Oregon State starting pitcher Luke Heimlich had more victories (16) than UNC’s top three starters combined. (Omaha World-Herald)

Threat of big innings could decide UNC baseball's matchup against Mississippi State

Mississippi State has won their fair share of games on big innings. In three consecutive weekends, the team from Starkville, Mississippi has won on walk-off hits, advancing to Omaha by two clutch home runs in the NCAA Regional and Super Regionals, then bringing home the first run of the game on a one-out single to beat Washington in the bottom of the ninth on Saturday. (Daily Tar Heel)

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