CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Danny Bethea hit a walk-off three-run homer to help St. John's stun North Carolina 5-4 on Saturday night.
Bethea's shot sent Red Storm players spilling onto the field to celebrate. St. John's (39-21) can reach the NCAA tournament's super regionals with a win Sunday night.
North Carolina (45-15), the No. 6 national seed, appeared on its way to its 17th straight win as a regional host thanks to a two-run homer from Shell McCain and a strong performance from starter Kent Emanuel. But Jeremy Baltz had a leadoff double against reliever Michael Morin (6-4) in the ninth, then Sean O'Hare reached on an infield hit before Bethea's winner.
Emanuel allowed five hits and two runs in eight innings for the top-seeded Tar Heels, while St. John's starter Sean Hagan allowed four runs in 8 1/3 innings.
North Carolina faces instate rival East Carolina on Sunday in an elimination game.
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