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February 21, 2013

Tar Heels ready to take on Stony Brook

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No. 1 North Carolina will host Stony Brook this weekend as the Tar Heels continue their
seven-game homestand to open the season.

The Tar Heels are coming off a 3-0 weekend with a pair of wins over Seton Hall and a 7-1 win over Coastal Carolina on Monday.

Stony Brook enters the weekend 0-3 after getting swept at FIU last weekend. The Seawolves are coming off the school's first College World Series appearance in 2012.

North Carolina - Stony Brook Series

Friday's meeting will be the seventh between the two clubs and the third weekend series in Chapel Hill.

Carolina holds a 6-0 advantage in the series.

The last time the clubs met was the third series of the 2011 season when Carolina took all three from Stony Brook - 5-1, 18-4 and 11-6.

The teams also played early in the 2007 season when Carolina held the Seawolves to five runs in the weekend series.

Early Season Success

Carolina has racked up the wins early in the season throughout the years and especially under head coach Mike Fox.

Since Fox took over prior to the 1999 season the Tar Heels are 100-14 before March 1.

The Tar Heels have been even better at home during the stretch posting a .918 winning percentage (78-7) at home before March 1 since 1999.

Bolt Off To Hot Start

Freshman outfielder Skye Bolt entered Carolina as one of the top prospects in the country and the Woodstock, Ga., native has lived up to the reputation through the opening week.

Bolt is leading the Tar Heels with the bat so far with a .667/.833/.714 slash line through
the first three games. Bolt also leads the ACC in batting average and on base percentage.

Johnson To Miss Start

One of the returning rotation members will miss his scheduled start this week as a precaution.

Junior left-hander Hobbs Johnson left his start Monday after four and a third innings of work due to forearm tightness.

Johnson had been battling occasional tightness in the preseason but is expected to miss only one or two starts as a result.

Munnelly Gets The Call


Stony Brook (0-3)
North Carolina (3-0)

February 22-24, 2013
Boshamer Stadium (4,100)
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Weather Forecast

Friday, February 22
3:00 PM
Probable Staters:
SB: RHP Brandon McNitt
(Jr. 0-0 7.20 ERA)
UNC: LHP Kent Emanuel
(Jr. 1-0 0.00 ERA)

Saturday, February 23
1:00 PM
Probable Staters:
SB: RHP Frankie Vanderka
(Jr. 0-0 0.00 ERA)
UNC: RHP Benton Moss
(So. 1-0 1.80 ERA)

Sunday, February 24
1:00 PM
Probable Staters:
SB: LHP Daniel Zamora
(Fr. 0-1 1.50 ERA)
UNC: RHP Chris Munnelly
(Sr. 0-0 0.00 ERA)

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Quick Facts

Senior right-hander Chris Munnelly will be called upon to make the spot start for the Tar
Heels on Sunday.

The start will be the 33rd of Munnelly's career after starting eight games a freshman, 14 as a sophomore and 10 a year ago.

The Winston-Salem, N.C., native made an appearance out of the bullpen on Monday and
delivered a 1-2-3 inning with a punch out.

Emanuel Continues Dominance

Junior left-hander Kent Emanuel did something no other Tar Heel had ever done last Friday when he became the first pitcher in UNC history to throw a shutout in the season opener.

Emanuel held Seton Hall in check all night long as he surrendered just four singles and
struck out five batters over his nine innings of work.

The Pirates managed just one runner past second base in the contest as Emanuel recorded his second career shutout.

The shutout was the first thrown by a Carolina pitcher since Emanuel closed the door on
Texas in the 2011 College World Series.

Emanuel lowered his career ERA to 2.06, the sixth-lowest mark in school history.

The Woodstock, Ga., native needs six strikeouts to reach the 200 mark for his career.


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