UNC beats Stetson 7-4 to open NCAA super regional series
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Cody Roberts hit a go-ahead three-run homer as North Carolina beat Stetson 7-4 in Friday’s Game 1 of a best-of-three NCAA super regional series.
The host Tar Heels (42-18), the No. 6 national seed, can clinch their first College World Series trip since 2013 by winning Saturday’s Game 2.
Roberts’ shot against Hatters ace Logan Gilbert came with two outs in the fifth inning to break a 1-1 tie. Michael Busch added a two-run shot in the seventh after Stetson closed to within 4-3.
Mike Spooner hit a solo homer in the first for Stetson (48-12), but the No. 11 national seed went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position.
Cooper Criswell (6-2) earned the win, allowing four hits and a run in five innings.
Gilbert (11-2) took the loss. The No. 14 overall selection in this week’s Major League Baseball draft lasted 5 1/3 innings, matching his shortest outing this season.
The loss snapped a school-record 18-game winning streak, marking Stetson’s first loss since April 22. North Carolina has won 17 straight at home.