CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WCIV/AP) -- Cody Stubbs singled with the bases loaded in the 13th inning to help No. 1 overall seed North Carolina avoid a huge upset by edging Florida Atlantic 12-11 on Monday night in a wild regional championship game.
Stubbs' hit scored Landon Lassiter from third to cap a game filled with momentum swings, sending the Tar Heels (55-9) spilling onto the field in a mad dash to celebrate.
UNC took a 6-2 lead into the ninth inning, but gave up six runs --including a grand slam by Tyler Rocklein -- to trail 8-6. But the Tar Heels tied it to send it to extras, but fell behind again by three in the 12th after the second-seeded Owls (42-22) got a three-run homer by Levi Meyer in the top of the inning.
The Tar Heels came back yet again, and then won it to advance to the super regionals vs. South Carolina.
The Gamecocks will face North Carolina in the Super Regional in Chapel Hill on Friday at 1 p.m.