Seth Williams said he feels very fortunate that he and his North Carolina teammates have now reached the College World Series three times in the past three seasons. But sometimes he wonders if the Tar Heels might be jinxed, since they have advanced to the national-championship series in each of the past two seasons, only to lose. North Carolina will begin its third try at winning the national title tonight in Omaha, Neb., at Rosenblatt Stadium. It will face red-hot LSU, which has won 25 of its past 26 games, at 7.
UNC to play surging LSU
The Winston-Salem Journal
In the days before his baseball team left for the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., UNC-Chapel Hill head coach Mike Fox absorbed a rush of media attention typically experienced by big-name football and basketball coaches.
Fox has put UNC back on top in baseball
The News and Observer
For two straight seasons, North Carolina had needed a late-game home run from third baseman Chad Flack to advance to the College World Series.
But the fact that he struck out on the Tar Heels' final at-bat last Sunday to a standing ovation, and still beat Coastal Carolina 14-4, shows how far he -- and his fellow seniors -- have pushed this UNC program.
UNC's senior class has set high standard
The News and Observer
Two years ago, Forest City native Chad Flack was a power-hitting idol at North Carolina after his timely home runs propelled the Tar Heels to their first College World Series in 17 years.
Flack's role at UNC: Winner
The Charlotte Observer
Rob Wooten and his North Carolina teammates have enjoyed their trips to baseball's mecca -- the College World Series at Omaha, Neb.
But the senior concedes that runner-up finishes in the Tar Heels' previous two appearances have been nothing less than frustrating. They're ready to shed the bridesmaid's role and return home with a national championship.
Unfinished business: Heel's right-hander ready to shed bridesmaid's role in Omaha
The Goldsboro News-Argus
Friday contained three of the greatest moments in my entire life. In my 20 years here, I have experienced quite a bit, but I have to say, it was one day that I will never forget.
To start, we had our traditional picture in front of the famed College World Series statue overlooking Rosenblatt Stadium.
Report from College World Series: He signs autographs with a smile
The Greensboro News-Record
North Carolina fought its way to the championship series of baseball's College World Series two straight years, only to come home without the trophy.
Now, the Tar Heels, seeded second overall in the NCAAS tournament, have returned for a third try.
Pitch to pitch, out to out
The Chapel Hill News
It's not often that Matt Harvey, busy enough with life in North Carolina, finds his mind wandering back to when he had to choose between college and professional baseball.
He's a Tar Heel now, the No. 3 pitcher in UNC's rotation. But every once in a while, Harvey said, he wonders where he might be if he had signed with the Los Angeles Angels last summer.
After Choosing College Over Pros, Harvey In World Series
The Hartford Courant
Senior Seth Williams remembers his first year at North Carolina when Rob Wooten was a redshirt freshman pitcher. He said the players looked forward to hitting off Wooten, who was trying to come back from shoulder surgery and not pitching well.
Never say never: Wooten leads Tar Heels' bullpen to CWS
The Durham Herald Sun
LSU has won more national championships than any of the other seven teams in the College World Series with five. It has the highest CWS winning percentage in the field at .630 with a 29-17 record. It has the highest winning percentage in NCAA postseason history at .725 with a 111-42 mark.
Balanced LSU ready for CWS opener
The Shreveport Times
There were reports Friday evening that had Green's father, Danny Green Sr., saying that Green had made the decision to come back to the Tar Heels, but Green Sr. said Saturday night that that wasn't the case. "I didn't say that," said Green Sr. "I don't know where they got that from. I'm not sure what Danny's going to do."
Green still undecided on return to Tar Heels
And so with one day left before North Carolina's Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington must make their choices final on whether to return to campus or depart for the NBA, every last word of fine print must be read to them, every pro and con unveiled, every warning shouted again.
Decision day upon UNC players