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Arizona State Tops UNC in Extra Innings

Ben Bunting has a frustrating afternoon at the College World Series. Photo from <a href="http://www.big12hardball.com/2009/6/14/909330/north-carolina-vs-arizona-state-in">Big 12 Hardball</a>.
Ben Bunting has a frustrating afternoon at the College World Series. Photo from Big 12 Hardball.

Carolina's fourth consecutive trip to the College World Series didn't start as smoothly as the other three, with the Heels dropping their first game 5-2 against Arizona State. The game was primarily a pitching duel between Alex White and ASU's Josh Spence; White went nine innings giving up only one run and seven hits, while his opposite number went seven with one run and eight hits. It was under the Heels' closers in the tenth where things went off the rails, as the Sun Devils got four runs that UNC just could not make up.

The Heels face the loser of tonight's Texas-Southern Miss game on Tuesday at 2 pm in an elimination game.