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Tar Heels turn attention to second straight super regional

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina goes into its best-of-three NCAA regional showdown against South Carolina injury-free.

It's not that the games have taken a toll. It's the celebration afterward that caused problems.

The Tar Heels scored three runs in the ninth inning of their 11-10 win over East Carolina on Saturday night. That set off a wild celebration as Reid Fronk dove across home plate to score the game-winning run.

Winning pitcher Rob Wooten went to give Fronk a celebratory bear hug from behind and broke one of his right front teeth on the back of Fronk's head. That gave Fronk a gash that required five stitches.

North Carolina rallied to beat Western Carolina on Monday, and the postgame was more subdued. Players marked the win with hugs and high-fives.

Games One and Two are on Friday and Saturday nights at 7 in Boshamer Stadium, which will be demolished this summer and replaced with an expanded, $17 million ballpark in its footprint.

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