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Long Beach State beats North Carolina 6-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 31, 2014 at 12:46 am •  Published: May 31, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Eric Hutting and Carlton Vaughn had two-run hits in the fourth inning to lead Long Beach State to a 6-1 victory over North Carolina on Friday in the opening game of the NCAA baseball Gainesville regional at Florida's McKethan Stadium.

After being retired in order in their first three at-bats, the Dirtbags (33-24) batted around in the fourth against Tar Heels starter Trent Thornton (7-4), scoring all of their runs and on all of their five hits.

Hutting drove in two with a single to left and Vaughn followed with a two-run double in the left-center gap against relief pitcher Trevor Kelly.

Long Beach State sophomore Andrew Rohrbach (7-2) didn't allow a run until the ninth. He gave up seven hits and did not walk a batter in 8 1-3 innings.

Long Beach State plays the College of Charleston, while North Carolina (34-26) faces Florida in an elimination game.