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BREAKING 12:15pm 6-16-08 #7 LSU Tigers Fall to #2 NC Tarheels 8-4; LSU vs Rice: June 17th
Monday, Jun 16, 2008 10:01am

OMAHA, NE From ESPN  (By: Tom Pace, Talk of the Town)  BREAKING: LSU-CWS 12:15pm  6-16-08    The LSU bats fell eerily silent at the College World Series on Sunday, as #2 North Carolina downed the Tigers 8-4, dropping the Bayou Bengals into the loser's bracket against the Rice Owls, Tuesday, June 17th at 1pm. 

LSU is now one game away from elimination.  As Elizabeth Merrill at ESPN.com reported: The scene was painfully familiar to Alex White. On this same mound last summer, with roughly 20,000 people in the stands, he lasted just a tad longer than a Zesto's cone in a winner's bracket game against Rice.

That day, he pitched the first 1 1/3 innings in a 14-4 loss. He hears about it every now and then, especially since North Carolina is back in the College World Series. 
Alex White's maturity on the mound was evident against LSU on Sunday. 

"They're not going to let you forget last year, Alex," North Carolina coach Mike Fox joked late Sunday.

They will now. White gave up a leadoff home run Sunday night to LSU at the College World Series, then rebounded to pitch a gem in an 8-4 win that let the Tar Heels become the only high seed to avoid an upset in the opening weekend.  

White lasted seven innings, scattering four hits against the Tigers' mighty offense. He retired eight batters after giving up a Matt Clark homer in the second and struck out six for the night.

When White got out of a jam with two runners on in the sixth, coach Mike Fox told his young pitcher that the inning showcased the most noticeable difference from last year -- that White was mature enough not to panic and let the Tigers back in the game. 

But LSU did make things interesting in the eighth inning, when three straight singles helped the Tigers pull within four. The comeback was quashed when center fielder Leon Landry hit into a double play. Replays showed that Landry clearly beat the throw, but first base umpire Jack Cox's ruling stood. 

The pro-LSU crowd moaned, and the Tar Heels pumped their fists and trotted to the dugout. "Obviously it was a big call," LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. "It was a tremendous momentum-breaker for us at that point."  

But North Carolina was in control for most of the game, pounding out 17 hits and riding White's steady demeanor
 


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