Despite have a rougher ACC Tournament than they liked, Carolina rebounded this weekend by reeling off three straight wins at home to justify their #1 RPI rating and advance to the Super Regional. The three-game performance included two shutouts, a 4-0 win over Maine and a 14-0 domination of James Madison. After JMU worked their way out of the losers bracket they faired slightly better, tying the game at 3 in the top of the fifth before UNC took control, winning 9-3.
The game was dedicated to Barbara Fox, mother of coach Mike Fox, and the team wore pink socks in her honor. Barbara passed away from cancer this Saturday at 76, and the coach had missed the entire regional as a result.
UNC will now move on to play Stanford in the Super Regional. The Cardinal were the two-seed in the Cal-Fullerton bracket but also went 3-0 to advance. Stanford is 35-20 on the season and has struggled a bit this season, with their last eight games of the season decided by 13 runs. They won their regional by a combined score of 25-5, however, and appear to be peaking at just the right time. SBNation blog Rule of Tree has more.