College baseball: Honeycutt blasts 2 homers; Tar Heels 2-0 in regional, will play again Sunday

Published 6:54 am Sunday, June 2, 2024

CHAPEL HILL (AP) — Vance Honeycutt hit two long home runs and North Carolina advanced to the championship round of the Chapel Hill Regional, defeating LSU 6-2 on Saturday night.

After 4 1/2 scoreless innings, North Carolina broke through in the bottom of the fifth with Honeycutt’s three-run shot deep to left field.

LSU, the defending national champion, fought back by drawing back-to-back bases-loaded walks in the seventh inning. Honeycutt answered in the bottom of the seventh, hitting a solo shot that was also deep to left field. It was his 61st career home run.

The Tar Heels added two in the eighth on a single by Gavin Gallaher and a groundout by Alex Madera.

LSU (41-22) will play an elimination game against Wofford on Sunday and North Carolina (44-13) will play the winner later in the day. If the Tar Heels were to lose, a final game would be played on Monday to decide the championship and which team will head to a super regional.

North Carolina’s Shea Sprague got the start and was taken out after one out in the fifth inning. He allowed no runs on four hits. Ben Peterson (2-2) pitched two innings and got the win although he was charged with both of LSU’s runs. Dalton Pence pitched 2 2/3 for his seventh save.

LSU’s Luke Holman (9-3) took the loss after allowing four runs in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out 11.