For the second year in a row, USC came up one run short of Omaha. Carolina lost a heartbreaking 3-2 contest at Stanford, falling in the super-regional two games to one. In a bad bit of déjà vu, it was the same score that did in Carolina one year earlier vs. La. –Lafayette in game three.
Stanford, led by future major leaguers Carlos Quentin and Ryan Garko, built a 3-1 lead through seven innings. USC cut it to one at 3-2 in the eighth on an RBI double from Tripp Kelly. Then, in the ninth, it looked as if Carolina would rally. With a runner on first base and two outs, red-hot Tim Whittaker came to the plate for Carolina. Whittaker, who was 4 for 4 on the day, lined a shot between short and third which looked like a hit. However, Stanford SS Scott Dragicevich made a lunging grab moving to his right to end the hopes for Carolina.
Although this was a disappointing day, things would change drastically for Carolina in the next few years as they would make Omaha an annual rite of spring.