North Carolina closer Dalton Pence celebrates his game-ending strikeout to clinch the ACC title (Aaron Fitt)

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UNC wins heavyweight showdown at Duke to clinch outright ACC title

At The Ballpark

DURHAM, N.C. — When it was over, North Carolina coach Scott Forbes described Friday’s game at Duke as an intense rivalry battle between “two Omaha-caliber” teams — and that’s exactly how it looked from the stands at Jack Coombs Field. These two rivals have great respect for each other, and as it turned out, that respect played a pivotal role in Friday’s outcome.

With the score tied 4-4, UNC’s Vance Honeycutt led off the ninth with a single against Duke superstar closer Charlie Beilenson. That brought up Casey Cook, who already had two hard hits in the game, including a[…]

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