Thanks to four home runs, North Carolina beat Rice 7-4 to advance to the championship series of the College World Series in Omaha. It will be a rematch of last year's final against Oregon State, which the Beavers took 2 games to 1.
Oregon State will try to become the first team to repeat as champion since LSU did it in 1996 and 1997. The last time the same two teams met in the final game in consecutive years was in 1972 and 1973 when USC defeated Arizona State both times. At that time, the entire tournament was double elimination and there was no championship series.