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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North Carolina vs. Oregon State
Game 1: 7 p.m. EST
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.
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.)