The North Carolina Tar Heels have punched their ticket to Omaha, defeating South Carolina 5-4 to win the Super Regional. Parks Jordan worked a bases loaded walk to give the Tar Heels the lead in the sixth inning, and the bullpen was able to shut the Gamecocks down to preserve the win.
Tanner English's RBI single gave the Gamecocks a 1-0 lead in the second inning, but Brian Holberton hit a two-run home run in the bottom half to give the Tar Heels a 2-1 lead. Things began to get sloppy though, and South Carolina reclaimed the lead when Joey Pankake reached base on an error and two runs crossed the plate. English extended the Gamecocks' lead to 4-2 with an RBI double later that inning.
Trent Thorton pitched 4⅔ innings to earn the win, giving up three earned runs on three hits and striking out four, and Kent Emanuel came in with one out in the ninth to earn the save. Adam Westmoreland took the loss for South Carolina, going 3⅓ innings and allowing three earned runs.
This will be the Tar Heels' 10th trip to Omaha, but they are still searching for their first title.