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UNC scores late to end LSU’s season

OMAHA, Neb. — The seventh-seeded LSU baseball team saw its remarkable season come to an end on Friday night as second-seeded North Carolina eliminated the Tigers from the 2008 NCAA College World Series on a ninth-inning grand slam by catcher Tim Federowicz that gave the Tar Heels a 7-3 win at Rosenblatt Stadium.

LSU concluded the year with a 49-19-1 record and the most wins since the 2000 team won 52 games. The Tigers, who once held a 6-11-1 record in Southeastern Conference play, completed one of the most incredible turnarounds in league history that saw the squad win the SEC Western Division, the SEC Tournament, the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional and the NCAA Baton Rouge Super Regional.

The turnaround was sparked by an SEC record 23 consecutive wins that began on April 22 at Tulane. During that stretch, LSU rallied for come-from-behind victories in 18 of those games and drew record crowds in the final games at Alex Box Stadium.

North Carolina (53-13) advanced to face Fresno State in the bracket two championship at 6 p.m. Saturday. The Tar Heels must defeat the Bulldogs twice to reach the CWS championship series that begins Monday at 6 p.m.

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