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Catapano pitches in 2 World Series games; UNC 2nd

Rob Catapano, former Farragut High School All-state pitcher, is among the Tar Heel Nation dealing with coming up just short for a second consecutive season in the College World Series. As it was in 2006, Oregon State applied the Championship Series salt in the wound, denying UNC a national championship for the second straight season.

But Catapano’ s effort in a pair of brief relief appearances added up to 22 pitches against six batters, retiring all but one with one strikeout and a walk.

A southpaw middle reliever the entire season as a true freshman, Catapano came in against Rice in a second-round game Sunday, June 17 (eventual 14-4 UNC loss to the Owls), and retired all four batters faced — the first to end the seventh inning, then retiring the side in order in the eighth.

In game one of the best two-out-of-three Championship Series against OSU Saturday, June 23, Catapano retired the final batter in the bottom of the sixth, inducing a groundout (The Beavers went on to win 11-4, then captured the World Series title with a 9-3 victory Sunday, June 24).

The 19-year-old then walked the lead-off batter in the top of the seventh and was replaced.

For the season, Catapano appeared in 27 games (14 innings) with a 1-1 record and 4.50 earned run average.


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