No. 1 North Carolina (23-1, 7-1 ACC) will host a three-game
conference series at
Boshamer Stadium this weekend when the Tar Heels welcome in Clemson
(16-9, 5-4 ACC) Saturday through Monday.
The series will open Saturday night under the lights with first
pitch set for 6 p.m. Junior
left-hander Kent Emanuel (4-1, 1.17 ERA) will take the mound against
sophomore righthander Daniel Gossett (3-1, 1.33 ERA).
Sunday's contest will be televised live on the Regional Sports
Network with first pitch
slated for 7 p.m. The Tar Heels will send sophomore right-hander
Benton Moss (6-0, 1.89 ERA) to the mound against freshman
right-hander Clate Schmidt (2-0, 4.05 ERA).
Monday's series finale will be Carolina's first
nationally-televised game of the year as
ESPNU will show the contest between junior southpaw Hobbs Johnson
(0-0, 3.48 ERA)
and a yet to be determined starter for the Tigers.
Tar Heels Looking For Best March
In School History
Carolina enters this weekend's
series with a 16-1 record in the month of March.
The Tar Heels will be unable to reach the 21 wins accumulated in
March by the 1990 squad but with two wins the 2013 Tar Heels will
own the best winning percentage of any team in the month of March
with a .947 mark.
Carolina already owns the best 24-game start in school history
with its 23-1 mark and regardless of the outcome on Saturday the
2013 Tar Heels will have the best 25-game start.
North Carolina - Clemson Series
Saturday's contest will be the 182nd all-time meeting between
Carolina and Clemson.
The Tigers own a 94-86-1 series advantage over the Tar Heels.
Carolina has been very successful in the series as of late with a
series-best seven game winning streak entering the weekend.
TheTar Heels have won five straight in the friendly confines of
BoshamerStadium against the Tigers, including a series sweep in
Tough Sledding The Rest Of The Way
According to Warren Nolan's current RPI rankings the Tar Heels
have played the 119th toughest schedule to date during their 23-1
Carolina has played 13 games against top 100 RPI teams and own a
12-1 record in those games, including top 50 wins over Rice, Texas
A&M and two wins over Miami.
Of UNC's 34 regular season games left on the schedule, only two
games will be against teams with RPIs currently above 100.
Clemson enters this weekend with a Warren Nolan RPI of 34, while
the Tar Heels are at No. 5.
An Equally Balanced Club
With the release of the updated NCAA stats on Monday the Tar
Heels were leading the country in scoring at 9.4 runs per game and
runs allowed per game at 2.2 per game.
After the pair of midweek wins the Tar Heels are third in runs
per game at 9.0 behind Georgia Tech and Georgia State at 9.1.