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North Carolina edges South Carolina 6-5 in NCAAs

By AARON BEARD
AP Sports Writer

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Freshman Skye Bolt hit a game-winning RBI single through the right side in the ninth inning to lift North Carolina past South Carolina 6-5 Saturday in the opener of the NCAA super regional best-of-3 series.

Bolt's two-out hit scored Parks Jordan from second for the Tar Heels (56-9), putting them within a win of reaching the College World Series for the sixth time in eight seasons. It was yet another close win for the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament as North Carolina shook off a shaky start from top pitcher Kent Emanuel and an early two-run deficit.

Reliever Trent Thornton (10-1) earned the win, allowing one run in three innings. Tyler Webb (3-3) took the loss for the Gamecocks (42-19).

The Tar Heels reached the super regionals with a 12-11, 13-inning win against Florida Atlantic on Monday night.

Game 2 of the best-of-3 series is Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Sophomore left-hander Jordan Montgomery (5-1, 1.67 ERA) will make the start for the Gamecocks. He will be opposed by North Carolina lefty Hobbs Johnson (4-0, 2.09). The game will be televised on ESPN. If game 3 is necessary, it will be played Monday. Game time and television network are to be determined.

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