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Americans tie first game, win second o5-2 during Saturday double-header at Durham Athletic Park.

It was nothing but sunshine, strikeouts and fireworks for Team USA in Friday’s Fourth of July contest.

Tuesday’s game started as a blowout by the Americans, but Chinese Taipei stuck around and the fans on hand were treated to an interesting new set of extra-innings rules.

The Duke baseball offense for next season was dealt a major blow Wednesday when all-ACC 1B/RF Chris Marconcini opted to play his final year of eligibility at Florida State.

Virginia’s Mike Papi said coach Brian O’Connor’s Omaha-area roots are an intangible that helps the team. O’Connor grew up in neighboring Council Bluffs, Iowa, and pitched for Creighton in Omaha.

Waxhaw’s Preston Morrison didn’t get offers from area major colleges, but helps TCU make College World Series.

NC State’s Carlos Rodon goes No. 3 overall to the Chicago White Sox. He was joined in the first round by teammate Trea Turner (No. 13 to San Diego) and ECU pitcher Jeff Hoffman (No. 9 to Toronto).

Carlos Rodon was born in Miami and his father says there are a lot of Cuban fans hoping the Marlins take him with the second pick in Thursday’s baseball draft.

Six times – virtually one year in three since the Durham Bulls Athletic Park opened – the conference brought its baseball tournament to Durham, most recently in 2013.

Trea Turner twice was cut from a high school travel team, but he grew into a three-time All-American at NC State. Thursday night, he’ll likely join Carlos Rodon as a first-round pick in the MLB draft.

Jeff Hoffman will watch the baseball draft on Thursday from his home in Latham, N.Y., and for a while, he will not be happy. Hoffman, a junior right-hander at East Carolina, began the season hoping to be selected first overall.

Long Beach State scored five runs in the ninth to beat UNC 12-5 in the Gainesville regional.

NCAA baseball: The UNC Tar Heels will still be playing Monday three days after losing their first game in the Gainesville Regional. North Carolina trailed Long Beach State, 5-4, when Game 5 was postponed.

Carlos Rodon starred as a young boy in Holly Springs. He led his high school team to a state championship and took NC State to Omaha. Now he’s poised to become the fourth player from the Triangle taken among the top 3 picks in the baseball draft.

As Campbell coach Greg Goff gathered his players along the right field line after the fourth-seeded Camels’ season ended with a 9-0 loss to South Carolina in the Columbia Regional Sunday afternoon, things turned emotional. He had to say goodbye to a group of nine seniors that won 17 games four years ago but this season won the school’s first-ever NCAA tournament game before bowing out to the top-seeded Gamecocks in an elimination game.

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