Chapel Hill, NC-- Colin Moran hit an RBI triple in a three-run sixth inning and staff ace Kent Emanuel picked up his first career save by getting the final two outs to help North Carolina beat South Carolina 5-4 on Tuesday, sending the No. 1 overall seed to the College World Series.
Brian Holberton hit a two-run homer for the Tar Heels (57-10), who trailed 4-2 before pushing ahead for good in the sixth to win the decisive third game in the weather-delayed super regional series. It will be the Tar Heels' sixth trip to Omaha in eight seasons.
Reliever Trent Thornton (11-1) earned the win, allowing one earned run over 4 2-3 innings. Then Emanuel -- who had thrown 238 pitches in the NCAA tournament -- came on for a pair of one-pitch outs that sent the UNC players spilling out of the dugout and onto the field to celebrate.
Sunday, NC State made it to the College World series after beating Rice in 17 innings.
UNC and NC State will play each other Sunday at 3pm in Nebraska. The game will be televised on ESPN2.
Carolina and NC State played each other early on the the playoffs in an epic 18 inning game in May.