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Off the cuff: The announcers at the College World Series have been arguing about whether baseball players or basketball players are better athletes. Not sure if that's the proper question but the answer is that it's tougher to play baseball than to play basketball. UNC basketball great Phil Ford was accomplished at both and once said that baseball was tougher. Michael Jordan might agree with that as well. I think a lot more people can hit a 20-foot jump shot than can hit a 95 mph fastball.

In the first six games of the NCAA tournament, the Heels committed only two errors but in the last two games, they have committed three. Two of the errors are by Ryan Graepel who came in to play shortstop late in the season because of his defense. Ironically, he had three hits in one game and started the rally against LSU Friday night with a double in the ninth inning.

Of the four teams left, Carolina would seem to be the favorite. The problem is that UNC has to win two straight against Fresno State because the Bulldogs have yet to lose in the double elimination tournament.

Carolina has a tough road but the Heels have the best and deepest pitching staff left so they have a decent chance. The Tar Heels could play six days in a row. They have to beat Fresno State Saturday and Sunday to make it to the best-of-three-game CWS finals against either Georgia or Stanford.

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Mike Fox

Grand slam homer saves Tar Heels in the ninth inning
Also, check out my articles for the UNC alumni Web site on Carolina's 8-4 win over LSU and the 5-3 loss to Fresno State in the CWS.

Carolina in the College World Series once again

Federowicz heroics keep UNC alive in College World Series

North Carolina was the only team in the NCAA tournament that hadn't recorded a home run.

“Was” is the key word as Tim Federowicz blasted a grand slam home run in the ninth inning to break a tie and give the Tar Heels a 7-3 victory Friday night as they escaped elimination in the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

“My team has got a lot of heart. We just hung in there,” UNC coach Mike Fox said. “They (LSU) didn't make many mistakes on the mound but we finally hit a mistake. Timmy put a good swing on it and we're happy to still be playing.”

The win over Louisiana State University eliminates the Tigers and moves UNC, now 53-13, to a Saturday night rematch with Fresno State , which defeated the Heels 5-3 Tuesday. In order to reach a best-of-three World Series finals, the Heels will need to defeat Fresno State twice.

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Heel Prints reviewed each UNC basketball game
As a student sports editor years ago, prior to the season, Clifton Barnes predicted a national championship for the Tar Heels and indeed they won. In fact he wrote his lede paragraph for the national championship game almost a year early. He regrets that he didn't keep a journal after each game. While he didn't predict a championship this season, he did have those same feelings. He kept a journal after each game of the 2007-2008 season and you can reach them here. He now writes once a week or so about baseball and then after each UNC football game.
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