updated 10:45 p.m.
CHAPEL HILL -- North Carolina shortstop Levi Michael had waited all weekend to cross home plate. Sunday, he did it at the right time.
With the score tied against James Madison in the top of the sixth inning, second baseman Tommy Coyle’s RBI single scored Michael – whose double halted an 0-for-11 slump in the three-day NCAA regional. It also began a late-game scoring barrage that pushed the Tar Heels to a 9-3 victory, and to their fifth trip to the NCAA Super Regionals in the last six years.
UNC (48-14), the No. 3 national seed, will face the either Stanford or Illinois out of the Cal State-Fullerton regional in a best-of-three series next weekend for the right advance to the eight-team College World Series. The Tar Heels are expected to host the Super Regional at Boshamer Stadium, although that – as well as game days and times – won’t be officially announced by the NCAA until Monday.