Tennessee Baseball vs. North Carolina Score, Updates in the College World Series

Photo By Kate Luffman/Tennessee Athletics

SCORE: Tennessee 0, North Carolina 0 | PREGAME


Top-ranked Tennessee baseball (56-12, 22-8 SEC) is set to battle No. 4 seed North Carolina (48-14, 22-8 ACC) Sunday night in Omaha, Nebraska in the College World Series.

First pitch at Charles Schwab Field is set for 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Tennessee enters Sunday’s matchup coming off an exhilarating 12-11 walk-off win over Florida State Friday night. The Vols posted four ninth-inning runs to complete the comeback, as Dylan Dreiling ended the game with a walk-off double.

Christian Moore was the MVP of the game, hitting for the cycle in just six innings while finishing the game with five hits on six at-bats (home run, two doubles, triple, single). Moore was also instrumental in the ninth-inning rally as well, smacking a two-out double to put the tying run – himself – at second base. Blake Burke, Billy Amick and Dreiling all followed up with crucial hits themselves to win the game.

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North Carolina is also coming off a walk-off win, as a Vance Honeycutt two-out base-hit in the bottom of the ninth gave the Tar Heels a 3-2 win over Virginia in the first game on Friday. Honeycutt has been a walk-off king for the Heels so far this postseason, as he also crushed a walk-off homer to beat West Virginia in game one of the Chapel Hill Super Regional.

If the Vols lose to UNC, they will face Florida State on Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET in an elimination game. If Tennessee wins, the Vols will be in good position to make the CWS Finals. The winner of FSU vs. UNC on Tuesday would play the Vols Wednesday and would have to beat them again on Thursday to advance to the CWS Finals. Tennessee hasn’t lost back-to-back games since the Alabama series. It would have to again in order to not reach the final series this weekend.

Tennessee is the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years. The Vols swept through the Knoxville Regional and won two of three games against Evansville in the Knoxville Super Regional.

North Carolina is the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Tar Heels were the ACC’s best team this season posting a 22-8 league record. The regular season ACC champions went 1-1 in the ACC Tournament, with their run coming to an end against Chase Burns and Wake Forest.

Since, UNC won three of four games in the Chapel Hill Regional, beating LSU in two of three games and LIU in its first game of the regional. North Carolina then swept West Virginia 2-0 in the Chapel Hill super.

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Tennessee entered the NCAA Tournament coming off an SEC Tournament championship victory, its second tournament title in three years.

While UNC didn’t go deep in the ACC Tournament, the Tar Heels own multiple impressive series wins this season, including sweeps over Wake Forest, Pitt, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame and Louisville. UNC’s series losses this season came against fellow Omaha teams Virginia and NC State and regional host East Carolina.

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Injury Note

Sophomore RHP AJ Russell is shut down for the remainder of the season and thus is inactive for the College World Series. Russell underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday to repair his UCL. However, Russell is with the team in Omaha.

PITCHING: Analyzing Tennessee And North Carolina’s Pitching Situation Ahead Of College World Series Matchup

Tennessee is the betting favorite to win the College World Series, and rightfully so, as the Vols have been the best team all year. Friday night’s win was massive for Tennessee to advance in the winner’s bracket. A win against North Carolina would put Tennessee as the overwhelming favorite to win Bracket 1 and advance to the CWS Finals.

Lineups, pitching matchup and additional pre-game notes are below, followed by the LIVE at-bat by at-bat game thread.

Starting Lineups


2B Christian Moore (R)

1B Blake Burke (L)

3B Billy Amick (R)

LF Dylan Dreiling (L)

CF Hunter Ensley (R)

RF Kavares Tears (L)

SS Dean Curley (R)

DH Reese Chapman (L)

C Cal Stark (R)

Lineup Notes:
  • Reese Chapman gets the DH nod after Dalton Bargo handled DH duties Friday against Florida State.
    • Bargo went 0-3 with 2 strikeouts Friday against the Seminoles.
  • Other 8 starters the same as it’s been.


CF Vance Honeycutt (R)

LF Casey Cook (L)

1B Parks Harber (R)

RF Anthony Donofrio (L)

3B Gavin Gallaher (R)

C Luke Stevenson (L)

DH Jackson Van De Brake (R)

2B Alex Madera (L)

SS Colby Wilkerson (S)

Pitching Matchup:

Vols Jr. RHP Drew Beam (8-2, 4.44 ERA, 17 app., 17 starts, 2 CG, 93.1 IP, 96 H, 56 R, 46 ER, 23 BB, 85 K, 30 XBH, .263 opp. batting avg., 1.28 WHIP)


Tar Heels Jr. LHP Shea Sprague (3-1, 4.00 ERA 16 app., 14 starts, 74.1 IP, 75 H, 38 R, 33 ER, 16 BB, 64 K, 25 XBH, .264 opp. batting avg., 1.22 WHIP)

Pitching notes:
  • Beam continues to pitch in a game two setting. Expect to see Kirby Connell and potentially Nate Snead or AJ Causey out of the bullpen today.
  • Sprague has been one of the main weekend arms for UNC this season. The day in which he has pitched has varied but he’s been a staple to the weekend rotation.
    • Sprague’s numbers won’t blow you away, as he’s more of a pitch-to-contact guy, but he’s solid. Similar year to Drew Beam, but has only thrown 100+ pitches once. Seems like 85-95 is his range.

Tennessee: Dark Mode

North Carolina: Light blue tops, white bottoms, white caps


  • There is NO Run-Rule in NCAA Tournament play.
  • Tennessee is the HOME team. Both teams were the home team on Friday, and Tennessee is the home team today because it is the higher seed, breaking the tie.

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FINAL: Tennessee Vols __, North Carolina Tar Heels __

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