Jacksonville Daily Progress
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).
Carter BloodCare teaming up with Rangers on special offer
Carter BloodCare is offering blood donors the chance to watch a Texas Rangers baseball game at a significantly reduced rate. For the month of June, those who give blood with Carter BloodCare will receive a special online-only ticket offer for fifty percent off select seating sections from the Rangers. Donors will also be registered to win suite tickets. Tractor Supply in Jacksonville (1626 S. Jackson Street) will be hosting a Carter BloodCare blood drive on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Belinda Murphy at (903) 574-4513.
Rangers' Kinsler takes a lick but keeps on ticking
ARLINGTON — Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler collided with Oakland catcher John Jasso while plating a run in the third inning. The mishap opened a cut on the left side of Kinsler's chin, which required several stitches to close. The game was delayed about eight minutes between innings while the Rangers' medical staff patched up Kinsler. Kinsler is not expected to miss any time due to the injury.