Game Day: UNC vs. OSU, Game 1

OMAHA, Neb. – In a season which nine different teams were ranked No. 1 at some point and traditional powers such as Southern Cal and Texas failed to make the CWS; this year's theme revolves around increasing college baseball parity. UNC and OSU square off in Game 1 on Saturday at Rosenblatt Stadium at 7 p.m. (ESPN-HD)

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    Today's Game

    North Carolina vs. Oregon State

    Game 1: 7 p.m. EST
    TV: ESPN

    Records: UNC 53-13, OSU 48-15

    Pitchers: OSU, RHP Dallas Buck (12-3, 3.43 ERA); UNC, LHP Andrew Miller (13-2, 2.36 ERA)

    Last Games: Behind two Jay Cox home runs, North Carolina eliminated Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday; Oregon State allowed two hits Thursday in its 2-0 shutout of Rice.

    Game Notes:

  • Neither UNC or OSU has ever played for a CWS title.

  • UNC is a perfect 8-0 since going 0-2 in the ACC Tournament.

  • UNC has scored 76 runs in the NCAA Tournament.

  • In eight of Miller's starts this year, he has allowed zero earned runs.

  • Cox leads the Tar Heels with 15 HRs, Chad Flack has 14 and Benji Johnson 13.

  • Josh Horton leads the team with a .409 batting average, Flack is second at .378 and Cox is third with .377.

  • OSU pitchers have combined for 20 consecutive scoreless innings coming into the championship.

  • OSU has won its last four games by a combined score of 25-8, since losing to Miami in the CWS opener.

  • In its last four games, OSU has allowed 17 hits.

  • OSU closer Kevin Gunderson has 19 saves this season.

  • The last ACC team to win the CWS Championship Series was Wake Forest in 1955. (Note: FSU was runner-up three times - '70, '86, '99 -- once as a member of the ACC; and Miami is ranked fifth all-time with four titles -- '82, '85, '99, '01 -- all coming before entrance into ACC. Southern Cal leads with 12 titles, Texas has won six, while Arizona State and LSU have won it five times apiece.)

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