NCAA Baseball CWS: LSU’s, Rumbelow's season ends with 4-2 loss to Tar Heels
OMAHA. (AP) — Brian Holberton homered, freshman Trent Thornton pitched a strong seven innings and No. 1 national seed North Carolina extended its stay at the College World Series with a 4-2 victory Tuesday against LSU.
The Tar Heels (58-11) play North Carolina State or UCLA in an elimination game Thursday. The No. 4-seeded Tigers (57-11) went 0-2 in their first CWS appearance since winning the 2009 national title.
Holberton's 12th homer of the season staked the Tar Heels to a 2-0 lead in the first inning against LSU starter Cody Glenn (7-3), and Colin Moran singled to make it 3-0 in the third.
Thornton (12-1) worked around two singles and three walks to hold the Tigers scoreless until the fifth. Leading 4-2, Thornton walked Christian Ibarra to start the eighth and was relieved by Chris McCue.
McCue hit Sean McMullen in the arm with 2-2 pitch to load the bases with two out. That brought up Mark Laird, who had a double and four singles in his first eight CWS at-bats. But McCue got Laird to fly out to short left field and keep it a two-run game.
McCue worked a perfect ninth for his second save.
Nick Rumbelow, a former Bullard High ace, did not see action in the game. Rumbelow worked a scoreless inning of relief in the Tigers' opener against UCLA on Sunday night and fanned three.
Alto looking to qualify for state 7-on-7 tourney
ALTO — Alto's 7-on-7 football team will be looking to qualify for the upcoming state 7-on-7 tournament in Leander when it takes part in the Rowlett State Qualifying Tournament on Friday. The Mean Sting are included in a pool with Coppell, Greenville and North Mesquite. Alto took part in the Gilmer 7-on-7 State Qualifying Tournament where they defeated Mount Vernon, 45-20. The 'Jackets lost to Gilmer (41-6), Chapel Hill (44-14) and to White Oak (34-20).