CHAPEL HILL --- For the 13th consecutive year, North Carolina will have a chance to play for a spot in the College World Series. The Tar Heels earned an at-large bid and will be the No. 3 seed in the 2014 NCAA Gainesville Regional, the NCAA baseball committee announced Monday. Carolina will open the event against second-seeded Long Beach State Friday at 1 p.m., with host Florida and CAA champion College of Charleston rounding out the four-team field.
Carolina is making its 29th NCAA appearance all-time and 15th in 16 seasons under head coach Mike Fox. The Tar Heels are 59-31 in NCAA play under Fox and have won 49 games in the postseason since 2006, the most in the country.
UNC and Long Beach State have met just once, a Tar Heel win in Chapel Hill in 1992. The Dirtbags enter the tournament with a 32-24 record after finishing second in the Big West Conference. Florida (40-21) and Carolina last met in 2005 at the NCAA Gainesville Regional, and the Tar Heels are 16-12 all-time against the Gators. Carolina and Charleston (41-17) met in this season's opening weekend, with CofC taking two of three.
2014 NCAA Gainesville Regional Schedule
Friday, May 30
Game 1: 1 p.m. - No. 3 North Carolina (34-25) vs. No. 2 Long Beach State (32-24)
Game 2: 7 p.m. - No. 4 College of Charleston (41-17) vs. No. 1 Florida (40-21)
Saturday, May 31
Game 3: TBA - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
Game 4: TBA - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Sunday, June 1
Game 5: TBA - Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4
Game 6: TBA - Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5
Monday, June 2
Game 7: (if necessary) - TBA - Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6