North Carolina 4, LSU 2

 
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North Carolina starter Trent Thornton came out to pitch the eighth leading 4-2, but walked LSU leadoff hitter Christian Ibarra. That ended Thornton's day and in came Chris McCue. After recording an out, he allowed a single to JaCoby Jones and got pinch-hitter Tyler Moore to fly out. Sean McMullen was hit by a pitch which loaded the bases for Mark Laird -- who was 3-for-4 coming into the at bat. McCue -- Thornton's high school teammate -- got Laird to flyout as well to squash LSU's last threat.

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Trent Thornton is only a freshman and has been North Carolina's primary closer this season, but he started Tuesday's elimination game and dominated a potent LSU lineup. Thornton started his first game since March 27 and went a career-high 7-plus innings while allowing nine hits and two runs. Thornton improved to 12-1 this season, which sets the UNC record for wins by a freshman.

"It made the move look good but it wasn't me. Brian's been in that position before and we felt we needed to move some things around a little bit. We did think about having Brian in there; he can do a lot of things for us not just a home run ... but he can hit and he can bunt and he can do a lot of things for us. Paid off [Tuesday]. "
-- North Carolina coach Mike Fox
Speaking about moving catcher Brian Holberton to the four-hole in the UNC lineup

 
After being moved to the cleanup, Holberton sent a two-run homer sailing and the Tar Heels never looked back.
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Wherever North Carolina head coach Mike Fox plugs junior Brian Holberton into the line-up he’s likely to make a contribution. On Tuesday afternoon, Holberton did just that, blasting a first-inning, two-run homer to spark UNC to a 4-2 victory against LSU as the Tar Heels staved off elimination in the College World Series.
 

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LSU's Raph Rhymes came into Tuesday's game hitting .337 overall. He was hitting .311 with runners on base but went 0-for-5 and left eight runners on base. Four of his at-bats ended innings. LSU as a team left 13 runners on.

North Carolina will play NC State at 8 p.m. ET Thursday. It will be the second elimination game in a row for the top-seeded Tar Heels.

LSU is the second team eliminated at the 2013 College World Series and finishes the season with a record of 57-11.