CWS: Carolina keeps its cool, outlasts the Titans

By Eric Sorenson - June 21, 2006

UNC 6 - Cal State Fullerton 5. The Tar Heels advance to Saturday's championship game.

Carolina wasn't going to fall for that whole "Titan hex" stuff. Jay Cox almost put that superstition out to pasture all by himself, blasting a pair of home runs, gathering four RBI and making a trio of wicked defensive plays, most notably the smash-into-the-wall catch of David Cooper in the 9th inning.

The biggest part of the win may have been the arm of starter Daniel Bard, who pitched 6.0 innings, and though he gave up 12 hits, he didn't give up a walk-fest and didn't play mind games with himself against a team that likes to play mindgames on opposing pitchers.

Key play of the game:
Wes Roemer's 3rd inning fielding error off the bat of Mike Cavasinni. If he makes that play, Carolina doesn't get that extra out and Cox would not have been given the chance for a crushing three-run homer.

Key play of the game II:
Reliever Andrew Carnigan cleanly fielding Blake Davis' safety squeeze bunt to get John Curtis out at home in the 8th inning. Carnigan had just come into the game and that's when Fullerton likes to pull a quick surprise on new pitchers. Tonight, for once, it didn't work.

Posted by Eric Sorenson at 09:33 PM on June 21, 2006

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