The Washington Times - June 20, 2008, 08:03AM


No. 2 UNC 2, No. 7 LSU 0
(Game suspended in top of first)


The nice weather in Omaha this week finally broke last night. Rain fell for the first time since the start of the College World Series, forcing the suspension of the LSU vs. North Carolina elimination game. Officials waited more than two hours before making the final decision to resume the game tonight at 7 p.m. and push the schedule back for the rest of the series leading up to the championship. North Carolina leads the game 2-0 in the top of the first and has the bases loaded with one out.

Head Coach Paul Manieri is hoping the rain was a good thing and will allow his Tigers to regroup and once again come from behind to advance. It will be interesting to see if Manieri sticks with starter Blake Martin. The junior left-hander certainly won’t be tired but he was a bit wild last night before the rain came. Martin (5-3) allowed two hits, hit a pair of Tar Heels and walked in a run before the game was called for the night.

Thursday Wrap

LSU will need to dig itself out of yet another hole tonight if they want to hang around Omaha for the weekend. The only question is how deep that hole will be. Already down a pair of runs with just one out and the bases loaded, it’s imperative that the Tigers squash this rally right away and answer back quickly. The Tar Heels are not a team to mess around with and the more four-run leads the Tigers have to come back from, the more the likely it is they’ll fail one of these times. Facing the best pitching staff in the nation doesn’t help matters either. UNC is hungry for its elusive first baseball national championship in school history. There’s no doubt that LSU has the talent to do it, but they’re young, starting three freshmen, and the pressure may be getting to them. If the Tar Heels push across at least two more runs when they resume play, this may turn into an easy night for North Carolina. I think UNC moves on to face unbeaten Fresno State tomorrow night.