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Tomorrow, Arkansas will face North Carolina in game one of their fourth super regional in a row. They will have to continue to hit well like they did last weekend and pitch like they did last Monday in their win in Stillwater over Oklahoma State.
2022 Chapel Hill Regional
10.North Carolina 42-20 (15-15) ACC
Despite finishing fourth in the ACC Coastal, the Tar Heels won the ACC Conference Tournament. Then, they won their Chapel Hill Regional in seven games after falling to VCU in the 1-0 game. After beating Georgia in the elimination game, they defeated VCU twice and are hosting a super regional against one of the hottest teams in America, the Arkansas Razorbacks.
(2) Arkansas 41-19 (18-12)
In the highest scoring regional of all-time, Arkansas’ bats got them through a tough three games against the host Oklahoma State. They used an eight-run 8th inning to win the 1-0 game, lost a lead in the ninth and lost in extras in the regional final, and then went up 5-0 in the fifth inning and gave up just three runs in the winner-take-all game on Monday to advance to Chapel Hill and their fourth consecutive Super Regional.
Game 1: 2.Arkansas at. 1.North Carolina (10 AM CT, ESPN)
Both teams used their good offense to win their regional but something tells me that with rested Friday starting pitchers, such as Arkansas’ Connor Noland, it will be a pitchers’ duel. North Carolina wins game 1 after a timely late inning hit.
Game 2: 2.Arkansas at. 1.North Carolina (12 PM CT, ESPN/ESPN2)
Arkansas evens the series on the back of Michael Turner, Cayden Wallace, and Jalen Battles’ bats. A Razorback closer will finish the deal and the series heads to a win or go home situation.
June 13 (If necessary)
Game 3: 2.Arkansas at. 1.North Carolina (TBD, TBD)
Arkansas returns to the College World Series, led by their starting pitcher, which could be Zack Morris. An almost four inning start would propel the hogs to a victory late. They would head to Omaha for the first time since 2019.
Winner: Arkansas in 3