NORMAN, Okla. — North Carolina stayed alive today in the NCAA baseball tournament's Norman regional with a 12-4 drubbing of Oral Roberts in an elimination game.
Designated hitter Seth Baldwin broke open a one-run game in the fifth inning with a two-out, three-run homer that gave the Tar Heels a 6-2 lead. Baldwin's homer capped a four-run inning for the Heels, which Levi Baldwin began with a solo homer.
Carolina added another four runs in the eighth to put the victory away. The Heels banged out 17 hits, with Jesse Wierzbicki, Ryan Graepel and Jacob Stallings getting three apiece.
Freshman Chris Munnelly, who entered the game in the fourth inning, got the win, going five innings and giving up three earned runs on eight hits.
UNC, 38-21, now gets a rematch tonight at 8 with Oklahoma, which has won both of its games on its home field in the double-elimination regional.
The Tar Heels, who lost to the Sooners on Saturday in extra innings, must win twice to advance and keep alive their hopes for a fifth straight appearance in the College World Series. If they win tonight, a final game would be played Monday at 8 p.m.