ACC PREDICTIONS PREDICTIONS PREDICTIONS!

VT blog Gobbler Country and Furrier4Heisman held a preseason conference poll among ACC bloggers and was kind enough to invite my opinion, despite my recent sporadic-ness-ness-ness. (I will save the explanation for another time, but for now I’ll say life got in the way.) Anyway, here were may predictions:

Atlantic Division

1. Florida State

2. NC State

3. Clemson

4. Wake Forest

5. Maryland

6. Boston College

Florida State has the talent, eventually they have to pull it together, right? State is a team on the rise despite the (temporary?) loss of Nate Irving. I sincerely hope he comes back to haunt running backs’ dreams again…just not our backs. Clemson is still talented, but we don’t know how consistent they are. Wake Forest will take a step back on defense, the key to their success the last three years. Boston College is squarely in rebuilding mode after all they’ve lost.

Coastal Division

1. Virginia Tech

2. Georgia Tech

3. North Carolina

4. Miami

5. Virginia

6. Duke

Last year was the time to pounce on the Coastal Division and step up in Virginia Tech’s rebuilding year. That window is now closed, and now anyone who wants to win this division must go through the Hokies. Georgia Tech’s Success will depend on whether their triple option stand the test of a team getting a second look. I actually predicted that North Carolina can finish as well as 10-2, but they have to beat one or both of the Techs on the road in order to win the division; honestly, I don;t think this team is ready. Miami still needs to show consistency to be placed higher than fourth. Virginia lose too many important players from 2008 and Duke is, well, Duke.

Offensive Player of the Year: Darren Evans, Virginia Tech

Partly because he’s very good and partly to be contrarian. How Gobbler Country let me get away with calling him “Darrell Evans” in the email I sent him, I’ll never know.

Defensive Player of the Year: QUANTAVIUS THE MAGNIFICENT, UNC.

I have never been more confident of a prediction in my entire life. Ever.

Rookie of the Year: Josh Adams, UNC.

Not knowing much (read: anything about other rookies in the ACC, I decided to stick to what I know. Judging by the pairty in voting in this category, everyone else voted the same way. I think Jamal Womble will have a bigger impact, but I have a hunch Adams will have better stats.

Thanks again to Gobbler Country for holding this poll.

UNC 2007 Football Season In a Nutshell: The Drummers of Spinal Tap

As of right now, UNC has the title of “most excusable 2-6 team in the nation”. However, it really has been difficult to categorize this exciting, yet frustrating year. It’s much easier to characterize our losses than the season as a whole, and with the magic of the Internet, I’ve stumbled upon something comparable: the ill-fated drummers of Spinal Tap.

This is exactly where UNC is this season: on the cusp of success, but always losing under bizarre and mysterious circumstances (most of which are their own doing).

ECU and Virginia games: “Bizarre gardening accidents.”

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The game at East Carolina was the first time the Tar Heels faced a division I-A offense, and it showed. Patrick Pinkney had a field day against the Carolina secondary, on route to over 400 passing yards. However, UNC’s offense was able to keep pace, and had the ball in a 31-31 game, in ECU territory, with less than two minutes left.

This is where things got out of hand. First, Yates fumbled the second down snap. Then, on 3rd and 4 from the 34, UNC have the ball to tailback Johnny White, who was stopped for no gain and set up a 51 yard field goal attempt. The snap was good, but Ryan Bauchom completely botched the hold, he had to fall on the ball. East Carolina regained possession near midfield with 53 seconds left, and eventually won on a last second field goal of their own, ironically after their kicker had missed his last 3 attempts.

Against Virginia, one of the plays that prevented us from winning the game was the 4th quarter interception by defensive lineman Chris Long, which eventually set up the game winning field goal. The Cavaliers did not always put pressure on T.J. Yates in the second half, but the entire game the defensive line managed to bat down passes at the line of scrimmage. On one such play, Chris Long managed to deflect the ball to himself, catch it, and run 30 yards the other way into field goal range. Julius Peppers is the only player I can recall who was able to make such a play in college. it was simply unbelievable.

The way we lost our first two games were so bizarre that we may never again see the Tar Heels lose in quite the same way.

Virginia Tech and South Carolina games: “You can’t really dust for vomit.”

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The Tar Heels had kept each of these games close, but had allowed teh game to slip away due to their own very-ill-timed mistakes.

Against Virginia Tech, North Carolina was well into the third quarter, only trailing 10-3 and driving to score. Ryan Houston had played a solid game up to this point at tailback, and Carolina was faced with a second a goal at the 5. Houston got the ball and was stopped at the line, but the ball was propelled out of his hands and into the end zone, where Virginia Tech recovered. Not long afterwards, T.J. Yates, having just gotten out of terrible field position, threw a pass that deflected off of Kenton Thornton’s fingertips and into the hands of Xavier Adibi, who returned the interception to the 3 yard line and set a up Brandon Ore’s game-winning touchdown. Without those turnovers, UNC wins the game.

The South Carolina game was even more self-sabotage. For example, Quan Sturdivant had recoverd a Mike Davis Fumble at the SC 15 yard line, and the UNC offense quickly proceeded to throw away their golden opportunity; sack, holding penalty, uncontested rush to the left side, ill-advised throw under pressure, easy interception. The Joe Dailey trick play pick was just as inexplicable. (The one pass they let him throw all year and it’s an interception. Go figure.) A few other missed opportunities, such as Greg Little’s two dropped touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, would have almost certainly changed the outcome of the game.

Certainly we had help along the way with these two games, but for the most part, we were responsible for our own demise.

South Florida and Wake Forest games: “You know, dozens of people spontaneously combust each year. It’s just not really widely reported.”

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These were two games in which the Heels screwed up in just about every way possible. Carolina did a good job of keeping it under control for the middle of the game, but the team fell apart in spectacular fashion at the beginning and end of each of these contests. By the time it was over, all that was left of them was “a little green globule”.

Any future losses in 2007: “Well, I’m sure I’d feel much worse if I weren’t under such heavy sedation. “

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With four games left in the 2007 season, absolutely nothing should surprise us about this team. We have shown signs of promise in nearly every game we’ve played. More than 50 of the 84 players on our roster had never played a down of college football until this season. The Tar Heels have a nucleus of talented young players (42 true or redshirt freshmen), most of whom will be suiting up in 2008, 2009, and even 2010. This team will be very good, very soon. However, our inexperience makes pretty much every game a crapshoot; we cannot truly claim to know what will happen. So, losses to Maryland or Georgia Tech shouldn’t get your blood boiling too much.

The Duke game, of course, is when we make it big in Japan.

UNC vs. Wake Forest Live Blog

Today, North Carolina plays Wake Forest in Winston Salem. The Deacons, at 5-2 and 3-1 in conference, are on pace to have a decent chance at defending their Cinderella run to the ACC Championship. Meanwhile, UNC is at 2-5, but are past the hardest part of their schedule. The UNC defense needs a big game today in order to win and keep the slim bowl hopes alive. More importantly, they cannot have ill-timed turnovers like in their four close losses.

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12:11 pm: Brandon Tate returns the opening kickoff to the 29 yard line to start the game.

12:12 pm: On the very first play from scrimmage, Exactly what we needed not to happen…happened. Yates rushes a throw to the outside, but he doesn’t see linebacker Aaron Curry in the path of the ball, and suddenly Wake has the ball in field goal range.

12:13 pm: Kenny Moore takes the ball in Wake’s first play, and he runs the ball 20 yards on the right side to the 11 yard line.

12:14 pm: The Carolina defense holds on and prevents a touchdown. Sam Swank kicks the easy field goal, and Wake leads 3-0. The Tar Heels prevent the touchdown, but they show how not to score this game.

This has been one of the biggest problems for this team in 2007. We’ve had close games, but in all of our close losses we’ve started behind and had to play catch-up for nearly the entire game.

12:19 pm: UNC goes right back to the pass. This time Yates completes the screen to Bobby Rome, who runs for the first down.

12:20 pm: Greg Little takes the handoff on the end around, and he gets about seven yards to the right side. Johnny White’s next run, however, is stuffed behind the line of scrimmage.

12:21 pm: False start, right tackles. Exactly what we don;t need on 3rd and 5.

12:22 pm: Wake runs the blitz, no one blocks on the right side, and Yates had absolutely no chance to get the ball off. A sack, and UNC is forced to punt.

12:25 pm: Charles Brown is starting at cornerback in place of Jermain Strong, who has been suspended for undisclosed reasons. Like we really needed less depth in the secondary.

12:27 pm: Riley Skinner is given all kinds of time after the fake handoffs, and finds a wide open Kenny Moore on the sidelines for another Wake first down.

12:28 pm: SACK! UNC puts the pressure, and Charles Brown comes in for the sack to force a third and long.

12:29 pm: AHHHHHHHHH!!! Few things are more frustrating to watch than seeing your defense give up a first down…on third a long…off of a screen pass.

12:31 pm: The defense is starting to show its relative inexperience. Wake’s subterfuge on offense has led to quite a few open receivers. This time, Tereshinski (the Wake TE) is wide open 20 yards downfield as a result of the play-action rollout.

12:35 pm: TOUCHDOWN. Passing gets Wake into the red zone, but Josh Adams takes them the rest of the way, ending in a 6-yard walk into the endzone. Wake leads 10-0. and this game, 10 minutes in, is already starting to look bad.

12:39 pm: Another third down…another false start on our right tackle. This cannot happen if we want to win.

12:40 pm: Yates gets time in the pocket, and fires a pass down the middle to Zack Pianalto for a big first down.

12:41 pm: Johnny White takes the ball to the right side and get nine yards. He’s hit at the line of scrimmage on the next play, but he has enough for a first down.

12:42 pm: Tate takes the handoff, and he find a big hole to the right side. First down, and UNC is finally in Wake territory.

12:44 pm: Yates is flushed out of the pocket, but he finds a seam up the middle, and he scrambles for another UNC first down inside the 30.

12:45 pm: The first quarter ends. Wake Forest leads 10-0, but the Tar Heels are driving to get back into this game.

12:48 pm: Yates completes the pass to Richard Quinn, setting up a 3rd and short at the 20. Ryan Houston takes the handoff, but he’s stopped behind the line. UNC will have to settle for a field goal.

12:49 pm: The field goal is good. UNC gets on the board, and at 10-3 Wake, it’s a one possession game again.

12:52 pm: NO! UNC is feeling good, having just brought it back to a 7 point game, they kick the ball off…and Kevin Marion returns the kickoff 98 yards, untouched, for a touchdown. That was a huge special teams breakdown; there was no one to tackle the returner, and Wake suddenly leads 17-3 without their offense needing to take a snap.

12:55 pm: Great. Another false start penalty for Carolina.

12:56 pm: Anthony Elzy is trapped 5 yards behind the line of scrimmage, but he finds his way out of the pile, gets a huge run up the suddenly open middle, and he comes very close to a first down.

12:58 pm: Yates runs the QB draw, but he’s a yard short. I personally think the Heels are chicken to punt in this situation, but if they go for the first down, fail, and Wake scores, this game is over. UNC punts, and miraculously, they manage to down the ball inside the Wake Forest 1 yard line.

1:02 pm: UNC forces the three and out, and should get the defensive stop and good field position that they desperately need. After the punt, the Heels will start in Wake territory.

1:06 pm: SACK! Wake continues to put a lot of pressure on T.J. Yates. Even worse, the Tar Heels are called for their fourth false start penalty, and their third such penalty on third down.

1:08 pm: Nicks gets smoe decent yardage after the catch, but is stopped well short of the first down. 3 plays, one penalty, -7 yards. Not good.

1:10 pm: Wake is finally called for their first penalty of the game; they were caught holding Marvin Austin.

1:12 pm: UNC tackles the tailback on the swing pass, a loss of 2. Third and 19.

1:13 pm: The Tar Heels get another big defensive stop. Swank rugby kicks the punt to prevent a return.

UNC gets the ball back with under 4 minutes left until halftime. A touchdown before halftime would make it a one-possession game again.

1:15 pm: Yates is flushed to the left side, but he fires the ball to Nicks on the sidelines for a first down.

1:16 pm: ANOTHER FALSE START! What on earth is going on inside these players’ heads today?

1:17 pm: Pianalto catches the pass tp the left side, but it’s still 3rd and 5.

SACK! Yates goes down for the third time today, as a linebacker goes untouched up the middle. Fourth down.

1:21 pm: Wake has good field position with about a minute left, But Hilee Taylor’s sack forces the Deacons to use a timeout.

1:24 pm: UNC puts the pressure on Riley Skinner again, and he’s forced to run out of bounds. The Heels defense have held in the last three possessions.

1:26 pm: Carolina runs the clock out to end the first half. Wake leads 17-3 at halftime. If UNC wants any hope of coming back, the defense needs to keep plying they way they did near the end of the half, and T.J. Yates needs to find holes in the Wake defense. Most importantly however–and I think I’ve said this for all of our close games–WE CANNOT MAKE STUPID MISTAKES.

1:55 pm: If you’re just re-joining us, you can clearly see the most important thing we must do is not make mistakes. Well, less than 4 minutes into the game, we stopped Wake’s initial drive and force a punt, but a UNC player touches the loose ball before it’s downed, and Wake recovers in the red zone. Granted, it a freakish bounce, and at best it grazed Richie Rich’s leg, but still…UNC has not been very lucky today.

1:59 pm: Wake appears to fumble the ball, and UNC recovers. However, the call is close, and Grobe asks for the play to go under review.

Nearly four minutes later, they still haven’t made an official ruling.

2:01 pm: The refs finally make a decision…and the call is reversed. UNC’s fumble recovery is nullified.

2:03 pm: UNC defense steps up again, preventing the touchdown. Swank kicks the field goal and Wake leads 20-3. Not to repeat what I’ve just said about mistakes, but without UNC’s big mistakes, the score would be, at worst, 7-3.

2:09 pm: 3 and out, North Carolina. The Tar Heels need big points in this game, but on that drive it looked like they weren’t even trying to get the ball downfield.

2:14 pm: Wake Forest’s running backs are having their way with the UNC defense on this drive, the latest a big run into the red zone by Micah Andrews. The Heels defense must be exhausted; they’ve been on the field for nearly the entire third quarter.

2:18 pm: About the first real break we’ve gotten in the second half. Wake has been called for two straight blocking penalties, and have played themselves out of field goal range.

2:22 pm: Micah Andrews gets a decent run on 3rd down, and it’s just enough to give Wake Forest another field goal. Wake’s lead is now 23-3, and only 16 minutes remain in this game.

2:25 pm: UNC finally gets a few big plays, and within two plays UNC has driven 51 yards and into Wake territory.

2:26 pm: The third quarter ends, and Wake leads 23-3. This game appears out of reach, but will UNC try to emotionally pull us back into the game in the fourth quarter?

2:29 pm: Hakeem Nicks gets the pass on third and short, and he gets to the 23 yard line.

2:30 pm: Johnny White gets the handoff, and good blocking leads to another first down. UNC is now in the red zone.

2:31 pm: TOUCHDOWN! Yates runs the playaction, and Bobby Rome was wide open on the right side, and he walked into the endzone. UNC’s deficit is now 23-10. A nice drive by the Tar Heels, but by now I know better than to get too excited at this point.

2:34 pm: NOOOO!!! NOT AGAIN! Kevin Marion takes the kickoff from the UNC score again, and he gets a huge return again. Wake will start inside the red zone, as a trip is the only thing that stops the touchdown.

2:35 pm: TOUCHDOWN. Josh Adams finds a seam and gets a touchdown on the very next play. Wake leads 30-10, and UNC is defeinitely not coming back from this one.

2;39 pm: One can reasonably expect UNC to make mistakes, but one of the few things that UNC could reliably do was make catches. Watching Hakeem Nicks drop that pass, even though it was high, might be his first drop of the season.

2:41 pm: Yates is throwing the ball well again, and UNC has two straight first down.

2:42 pm: Nicks gets the ball again, and Wake is called for a late hit penalty on top of that. UNC is within striking distance again.

2:44 pm: INTERCEPTION! Yates throws a pass to the outside, but again he doesn’t see LB Aaron Curry, he intercepts the ball in stride, and this time he takes it 77 yards back for a TOUCHDOWN. Wake leads, 37-10, as mistakes continue to haunt the Tar Heels.

2:49 pm: Within the carnage is a bright spot: T.J. Yates now holds the UNC freshman records for completions (144) and passing yards (1, 871), eclipsing Darian Durant in each category.

2:52 pm: Yates makes a truly insane pass play, but it’s called back because a lineman was downfield.

2:53 pm: UNC turns the ball over on downs.

3:04 pm: An interesting stat that re-assures UNC’s place as the “youngest” team in 1-A this year: more true freshman have played for UNC in this game (11) than have played for Wake Forest in six years (10).

3:06 pm: As the game is drawing to a close, next week’s game between Wake Forest and Virginia will now have big ACC implications.

3:07 pm: This blowout finally comes to a merciful end. Wake Forest wins, 37-10 despite having only one true touchdown drive. This was a pretty devastating loss, who needed this win, but never seemed to have given themselves much of a chance, literally, from the very first play.

 

 

RIP Skip Prosser, 1950-2007

Very sad news in college basketball…Wake Forest head coach Skip Prosser has died at age 56.

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It seemed like only yesterday that he was sweating out of his mind as his point guard not named Chris Paul threw up yet another brick in the ACC Tournament.

In all seriousness, the ACC has lost a good coach and a great person today. Wake Forest had a couple of bad seasons, But with their young talent the Deacons looked to rise again this season. Now they must do so without their leader.

Skip Prosser will be missed. Condolences to his family and to the entire Wake Forest community.

ACC Baseball Championship Live Blog: UNC vs. Wake Forest

It’s the triumphant return of Tar Heel Mania! Today UNC plays Wake Froest in their first appearance in the ACC Baseball Championship game since 1990. Freshman Alex White had a phenomenal day of pitching on Saturday in leading UNC to victory over Virginia, 4-0. Winning today’s game would mean not only the ACC Title, but likely the ability to host both a regional and Super Regional at Boshamer Stadium in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels lost their two top pitchers from last year (Andrew Miller and Daniel Bard, but they still have a good pitching staff, and their high powered offense remained virtually intact from 2006, when they came within one win of the National Championship.

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1:10 pm: Well, that was quick. Three up, three down, as Wake Forest retires UNC’s first three hitters. Unbelievably, Wake is considered the home team in this game.

1:13 pm: UNC 3B Chad Flack can’t handle the grounder, and Ben Terry gets on base for wake to start the bottom of the first.

Sophomore Luke Putkonen is pitching for the Tar Heels. Apparently his only official loss this season is to Wake Forest.

1:14 pm: Wake delivers the sacrifice bunt, sending Terry to second. One out.

1:15 pm: Wow, Putkonen is delivering some fast pitches tonight. His fastballs are averaging 94 mph.

1:16 pm: Slugger Ben Terry grounds out to Horton, but Terry advances to third with two outs.

1:17 pm: The next batter got beaned, putting runners on the corners with two outs.

1:20 pm: The ball gets by the catcher Federowicz, and Terry comes in to score. 1-0, Wake.

1:22 pm: The next batter fouls off several pitches before grounding out to Horton to end the inning. Wake leads, 1-0 after the first innning. TheDeacons playing very good fundamentals in the game so far.

1:24 pm: Federowicz leads off the 2nd inning, Hitting a line drive into left field and getting an easy base hit.

1:25 pm: Horton hits it deep but Wake catches it at the right field warning track. One down.

1:27 pm: Flack tries to bunt, but is thrown out easily. Federowicz advances to second.

1:28 pm: Another flyout retires the side at the top of the 2nd. Wake hasn’t needed many pitches at all to get rid of UNC’s offense.

1:29 pm: Whoa. In two innings I have seen a grand total of three commercials. In a way it’s refreshing, but I was kind of hoping for a few small breaks.

1:30 pm: 2B Garrett Gore makes a great backhanded catch of a grounder and throws off balance to first base. One out.

1:33 pm: After quickly disposing of the next batter, Ochletree gets plunked by Putkonen.

I’ve heard the color commentator say that 1) Wake averages two hit batsmen per game, and 2) that’s its a part of their offense. Why would getting hit be a strategy?

1:35 pm: Putkonen gets the first strikeout of the game to end the inning. 1-0, Wake after 2.

1:39pm: Wake’s starting pitcher, Charlie Mellies, doesn’t have strong stuff (his fastball tops out at 84 mph), but his location is giving the Tar Heel batters fits. He got rid of the bottom of UNC’s order just with location; the got rid of two batter in two pitches. We go to the bottom of the 3rd inning.

1:44 pm: Putkonen walks Hood, and slugger Allen Dykstra will be at the bat with 1 out and a man on first.

1:46 pm: Dykstra pops out to Gore into foul territory. That ball almost sailed into the stands, but Gore makes a good play.

1:47 pm: The next batter hits one deep into right field, but Fedroff is there to make the catch and retire the side. 1-0 Wake after three innings, and the one run was off a wild pitch. We may have a pitcher’s duel on our hands.

1:51 pm: Gore and Federowicz get on base, and Josh Horton, our best hitter from 2006, is at bat with one out.

1:53 pm: Horton flies out deep to center field, but Gore tags to third base. Two down, runners on the corners, Chad Flack at the plate.

1:54 pm: Flack hits a line drive base hit over the third baseman, and Gore scores easily. Federowicz to third. The game is now tied, 1-1.

1:55 pm: Fedroff grounds out easily to Mellies to end the top of the 4th innig, but the game is now tied.

We may be the road team, but at least that means we’re wearing our very stylish Henley shirts.

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1:58 pm: Putkonen strikes out the first batter in the bottom of the fourth.

2:00 pm: Putkinen gets another strike out before a groundout ends the 4th inning, and Wake is not happy about the second strikeout call. Still, the game remains tied 1-1 after 4 innings.

2:03 pm: apparently, Wake’s Charlie Mellies has only pitched 11 innings all season. The Deacons were hoping to only get 5 innings out of him. He has certainly made the most out of his opportunity so far.

2:05 pm: Reid Fronk gets a base hit with two outs. The Deacon bullpen is already starting to warm up, anticipating Mellies’ departure from the game. He retires the side with an easy groundout. I would keep him in for at least one more inning if I were Wake.

2:10 pm: Another Wake batter gets plunked, but Putkonen retires the side easily. The game is tied at 1 after 5 innings.

2:14 pm: Brad Kledzik is in for Charlie Mellies. Wake hardly misses a beat defensively, getting two quick outs. But Josh Horton hits one deep into the right-center field gap for a double.

2:16 pm: What’s wrong with Chad Flack? Last year he made all the big hits; now he can’t hit a beach ball. He strikes out to end the top of the sixth.

Mellies’ final line: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R.

2:19 pm: Surprisingly, Ben Terry’s leadoff hit is Wake’s inly hit of the game. Putkonen is really pitching well.

2:24 pm: Putkonen continues his one hitter, retiring the side to end the 6th inning. The game remains tied at 1.

2:30 pm: The Wake shortstop can;t handle the grounder, Seth williams gets to first and Kyle Seager advances to third. Kledzik is pulled in the 7th with 1 out for Eric Niesen.

2:31 pm: TAR! HEELS! TAR! HEELS! TAR! HEELS!…

2:34 pm: Wake’s 3rd baseman bobbles the grounder from Fronk. He manages to throw him out at first, but Seager scores easily to give UNC a 2-1 lead in the 7th. WHOOOOOO!!!

2:36 pm: Neisen strikes out Gore, but UNC has their first lead of the game, and Petkonen is still pitching for the Heels, and with the 8th and 9th innings looming, We could be reaching the time for Andrew Carignan to shut the door on this game.

2:42 pm: Andy Goff fouls off an innumerable amount of pitches before finally striking out.

Matt Danford is warming up in the bullpen.

2:43 pm: Ocheltree hits a line drive into left field for Wake’s second hit of the game.

2:45 pm: Petkonen fans another batter for the 2nd out. Ben Terry is up next.

2:46 pm: a wild pitch bounces off Federowicz’s mask, and Ocheltree gets into scoring position.

2:47 pm: Putkonen hits yet another batter, putting Terry on base and runners on first and second with two outs. Putkonen has pitched well, but the hit batsmen have been his main problem today.

2:49 pm: Dustin Hood gets a hit past Horton. The left fielder throws home, but the umpire calls Ocheltree safe. The game is tied at 2. That call was crap. The throw was on time, and Federowicz tageed him before touching home plate. It was close, but he was out.

2:51 pm: Luke Petkonen is out of the game, and Matt Danford will come in to pitch for the Tar Heels. Two outs, and the bases are loaded.

2:55 pm: Willie Fox hits one into right-center fields, but Seth Williams makes the catch to end the inning. 2-2, after 7 innings.

2:57 pm: Dustin Ackley is walked to lead the 8th inning. He nearly steals second, but Federowicz foul tips the pitch, forcing Ackley back to first.

2:59 pm: After two tries, Ackley steals second, but Federowicz strikes out. Josh Horton is up next.

3:01 pm: Josh Horton hits a line drive deep into right field. Ochletree misses it completely, Ackley scores easily, and Horton gets a triple! UNC leads, 3-2 in the 8th! WHOOOOOOO!!!

3:02 pm: Wake gets a big break. Flack misses the suicide squeeze, and Horton is tagged out easily. Two out, nobody on.

3:04 pm: Flack ground out to short, but UNC now leads 3-2, heading into the bottom of the 8th.

3:06 pm: Danford is out, Andrew Carignan is in. He is by far the best closer in the ACC, and Wake will have a hard time trying to get back in the game.

3:11 pm: Wake threatens to tie the game, but Carignan gets out of the 8th with the 3-2 lead intact. We now head into the 9th inning.

3:13 pm: Fedroff, what the hell were you thinking swinging at that pitch? It wasn;t anywhere NEAR the strike zone!

3:15 pm: Ellis retires the side easily for Wake, and now it’s up to UNC’s pitching to finish this game and get the win.

3:20 pm: After figthing off several pitches, Ocheltree gets a base hit to start the 9th inning. Wake brings in a pinch hitter to bunt.

3:21 pm: Eric Williams gets the sac bunt, Ocheltree goes to second, and Terry is at the plate.

3:24 pm: Terry grounds to Horton, and he throws out Ocheltree at third. Terry is at firs with two outs, and Dustin Hood is Wake’s last chance.

3:25 pm: Hood bunts , but it goes right to Carignan, and he throws him out to end the game. UNC wins, 3-2, and wins the 2007 ACC Baseball Championship! WHOOOOOOO!!!

UNC will host a Regional at Boshamer next week, and I will try to be at the games. Looking forward to the NCAA Tournament, and I hope we can make it back to Omaha.

Coach Mike Fox gets the Gatorade shower in front of the camera….sweet.