By AARON BEARD
AP Sports Writer
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina jumped on Stetson starter Jack Perkins in a four-run first inning and the Tar Heels clinched a trip to the College World Series by beating the Hatters 7-5 on Saturday.
Cody Roberts, Brandon Riley and Ashton McGee had RBI doubles in that first inning for the host Tar Heels (43-18), the No. 6 national seed who swept the best-of-three NCAA super regional series.
Reliever Caden O'Brien (6-0) earned the win, while UNC finished with 14 hits on the way to earning their first trip to the College World Series since 2013.
Jonathan Meola and Andrew MacNeil each hit solo home runs for the Hatters (48-13), the No. 11 national seed. Stetson had 13 hits but struggled with runners in scoring position for the second straight day.
Perkins (11-3) took the loss, allowing six runs and nine hits in 2 1/3 innings - his shortest outing of the year.
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