Small ball is working for Carolina

June, 18, 2009
06/18/09
8:43
PM ET
OMAHA, Neb. -- Augie Garrido surely must be smiling.

The Texas coach and small-ball guru is here at Rosenblatt tonight taking in the North Carolina-Arizona State game. And he saw UNC score its first two runs on sacrifice bunts -- both executed with two strikes.

The Tar Heels plated a total of three runs in the fourth to take a 4-0 lead over the Sun Devils.

Jacob Stallings, whose sac bunt in the second gave UNC a 1-0 lead, picked up his second RBI in the fourth on a sacrifice to the same spot to the right of the mound. It allowed Garrett Gore to score from third for a 2-0 lead. Then back-to-back RBI singles to left by Mike Cavasinni and Ryan Graepel extended the UNC lead to 4-0.

ASU starter Josh Spence has thrown 89 pitches (55 strikes) and he has to be near the end of his night on the mound. Remember, he threw 122 pitches on Sunday and is going tonight on three days' rest.

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