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Heels, Pack set to start delayed Super Regional play

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N.C. State and UNC had to delay the start of their Super Regional match-ups with Rice and South Carolina due to inclement weather from Tropical Storm Andrea.

The Wolfpack were originally scheduled to play at 4 p.m. Friday, but officials moved the start time to 7 p.m. before deciding to cancel Friday's festivities all together.

UNC's game, which was scheduled to get underway at 1 p.m. Friday before it was delayed until 3 p.m. on Friday will now start at 12:05 p.m. on Saturday.

Game two for the Wolfpack will be played Sunday at 4 p.m. And if necessary, a winner-take-call third game will be played Monday, with the time to be determined Sunday.

Game one will be aired on ESPN2 and Game two will be aired on ESPNU.

The Wolfpack (47-14) will welcome the Owls (44-18) to Doak Field for the first game in the best-of-three series. The winners of the Super Regional will advance to the College World Series in Omaha, beginning June 15.

N.C. State is seeking its first trip to Omaha since 1968.

The Pack advanced to the super regionals with its 9-2 win over William & Mary on Sunday. Rice will make its way to Raleigh after topping Oregon 11-4 Monday night.

Game two for the Tar Heels will be played Sunday at 1 p.m. If necessary, a winner-take-all game will be played, with the game time to be determined on Sunday.

The Tar Heels have played nine games over the past 15 days, including three that went 13 innings or longer. While that has taxed UNC's deep pitching staff, the players are able to rest and recover on their own terms.

"There is a lot of flexibility on our staff," UNC associate head coach/pitching coach Scott Forbes said. "We take a lot of pride in that and let every guy kind of come up with their own program. What we've done with our pitchers this week is we gave them all Tuesday off with no throwing unless they really wanted to. A couple of them did.

"Yesterday, guys who did not get on the mound a ton like (Reily) Hovis, Mason (McCullough) and (Tate) Parrish threw bullpen. Moss threw bullpen again to work on his mechanics a little bit."

On Monday, Carolina narrowly avoided joining Oregon — No. 8 overall — as national seeds to fail to get out of the regional round. North Carolina avoid a huge upset by edging Florida Atlantic 12-11 in a wild, 13-inning regional championship game.


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