UNC, NC State both postpone Super Regional baseball openers to Saturday

From staff reportsJune 7, 2013 

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Katherine Brown and her two-year-old son Harrison Brown survey the soggy conditions at Boshamer Stadium as the South Carolina Gamecocks wait in their dugout for their scheduled afternoon practice on Thursday June 6, 2013 in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Tar Heels and the Gamecocks were both forced to practice inside after rain moved through the area on Thursday. Brown is the assistant to South Carolina coach Chad Holbrook.

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— Tropical Storm Andrea caused the postponement of both the University of North Carolina's first game in an NCAA baseball tournament Super Regional and NC State's first Super Regional game.

The Tar Heels' opener against South Carolina at Boshamer Stadium in Chapel Hill, originally scheduled to begin today at 1 p.m., will now be on Saturday at 12:05 p.m. The entire best-of-three Super Regional has been moved back by a day, with the second game now set for Sunday at 1 p.m., and the third game, if necessary, on Monday at a time to be determined.

After using all three of its weekend starting pitchers during its 13-inning victory against Florida Atlantic earlier this week, North Carolina welcomed the opportunity for some rest before playing against South Carolina in a Super Regional.

The second game will be on Sunday at 1 p.m. If the teams are tied at one game apiece, they would play on Monday at an undetermined time.

“The NCAA and the participating institutions all agreed this was in the best interest of the student-athletes and fans,” J.D. Hamilton, the NCAA director of championships, said in a statement about moving the series back by a day.

The postponement means that Kent Emanuel, the junior UNC left-hander who was named the ACC Pitcher of the Year, will be able to start the first game of the series. Emanuel had been scheduled to pitch on Saturday regardless of whether it was the second game, as was originally scheduled, or the first.

Hobbs Johnson, the sophomore left-hander who was scheduled to pitch on Friday, will now instead start the game on Sunday. Benton Moss, the sophomore right-hander, would start on Monday if the third game is necessary.

Meanwhile, the opener of the Super Regional between N.C. State and Rice at the Wolfpack's Doak Field, which had been scheduled for 4 p.m. today, has been delayed until 4 p.m. Saturday Details of television coverage are still to be determined.

The Wolfpack was slated Friday to send ace Carlos Rodon to the mound to face the Owls. During five postseason appearances, the left-handed sophomore has given up just 12 hits over 37 and two-thirds innings. He has 10.75 strikeouts per nine innings and a 0.72 ERA in those starts.

Rice was slated to counter with junior Austin Kubitza, who has an 8-2 record and a 2.02 ERA this season.

The winners of both Super Regional series will advance to College World Series in Omaha, Neb. N.C. State is playing for its first College World Series trip since 1968.

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