Maine faces Tarheels in NCAA tournament


ORONO (AP) – Maine will play North Carolina on Friday in the opening round of the NCAA Division I baseball tournament.

The Black Bears will face the Tarheels on their home field at Chapel Hill in a 6 p.m. game. Maine comes into the tournament with a 35-20-1 record; North Carolina is 45-13.

The other two teams in that double-elimination regional are Winthrop and North Carolina-Wilmington. Maine will play one of those teams on Saturday.

Maine gained its automatic tournament berth last Saturday with a dramatic 5-3 victory over Stony Brook that gave the Black Bears their second America East championship in a row.

Maine was scoreless going into the top of the ninth inning, when it rallied to come away with the win.