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Alabama Loses Game 1 of Super Regional 11-5 to North Carolina


Sewell-Thomas Stadium (image courtesy of RollTide.com)

Alabama looked like boys amongst men last night as North Carolina embarrassed them 11-5 in the Tide's home stadium.

Carolina pitcher Andrew Miller, who was recently chosen sixth overall in the MLB draft, kept Alabama on a short leash last night and baffled the Tide hitters striking out 11, many of them looking.

The Tide didn't manage a hit until the fourth inning and even though they were only down 3-0 at that point, it was clear that North Carolina would win the game.

Offensively, North Carolina rocked Alabama pitcher Wade LeBlanc (11-1) for eight runs through 5 & 2/3 innings. It was LeBlanc's first loss in 13 decisions, his last coming in the 2005 season. LeBlanc gave up a two run shot in the first inning to Josh Horton and the Tarheels never looked back.

The Tarheels scored double digit runs in all three of their regional games and continued the trend by lighting up the score in Tuscaloosa with a dominating performance.

Tonight's game will be on ESPN2 at 6 p.m.