North Carolina closer Dalton Pence celebrates the super regional-clinching win (Aaron Fitt)

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Fitt: UNC’s triumph showcases ecstasy, agony, high drama — and love

At The Ballpark

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — It’s easy to be cynical about college athletics in this era of rampant transfers, ever-increasing NIL dollars and grotesque cash grabs masquerading as nonsensical conference realignment. But Saturday at Boshamer Stadium provided a reminder that the life blood of college sports remains the relationships that players forge with each other, with their coaches, and with their fans, and the love they all share for one another.

You could see it in the euphoric faces of the victorious Tar Heels, as they dog-piled and lifted each other skyward and hugged and hugged and hugged, all the while[…]

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