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March 21, 2013

Schedule change: UNC set to host BC

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The Atlantic Coast Conference baseball series between No. 1 North Carolina and Boston College, originally scheduled to be played Friday through Sunday in Chestnut Hill,
Mass., will be moved to Chapel Hill, N.C. due to unplayable field conditions after a recent
snowfall in the Boston area.

The series will begin with a doubleheader on Saturday with first pitch set for 12 p.m.

The second game will follow 40 minutes after the conclusion of game one. The finale is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Boston College will be the home team but UNC will be the home team for RPI purposes.

Looking For Third Straight ACC Series Win

Carolina enters the weekend tied for the ACC Coastal lead with a 5-1 mark through the opening two conference series of the year.

With a series win against Boston College the Tar Heels would win their third straight conference series to open the year for the second consecutive year and the fifth time in the last 15 years.

Carolina has finished no lower than fourth in the league when winning the first three ACC series under head coach Mike Fox, including the ACC Coastal Division title a year ago.

Heels Own Best Scoring Margin In The Nation

The Tar Heels enter the weekend with the largest scoring margin in the country with a
+7.2 scoring margin.

Carolina is second in the country with a 9.6 scoring average thanks to 191 runs in 20 games this season.

The Tar Heel pitching staff has been just as good so far this spring with the second-fewest runs allowed per game at 2.3 (46 runs).

Through the opening 20 games of play a year ago the Tar Heels had scored 132 runs (6.6 per game) and allowed 67 runs (3.4 per game) for a 3.2 scoring margin.

The 2012 Tar Heels finished with a scoring margin of +2.5 runs per game (6.0-3.5).

UNC-Boston College Series

Friday's contest will be the 16th all-time meeting between Carolina and Boston College.

The Tar Heels own a 14-1 series advantage over the Tigers as the teams met last year after a two-year break in the series.

Carolina has won 6 straight games over the Eagles, dating back to a 3-1 loss in May of 2009.

The loss was the first in the series by the Tar Heels after winning the first 9 contests in the series.

Heels Off To Second-Best Start In School History

The Tar Heels are off to their best start since 2000 as Carolina reeled off 16 straight wins to open the 2013 campaign before their first loss this past Friday against Miami.

Carolina matched the second-best 20-game start to a season with a 16-0 win on Tuesday matching the1999 squad that also won 19 of its first 20 games.


March 23-24, 2013
Boshamer Stadium (4,100)
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Weather Forecast

#1 North Carolina: 19-1 (5-1)
Boston College: 3-15 (0-6)
All-Time Series: UNC leads 14-1-0

Game 1
Saturday, March 23
12:00 PM
Probable Staters:
BC: RHP Eric Stevens
(Jr., 0-4, 4.97 ERA, 29.0 IP, 8/14 K/BB)
UNC: LHP Kent Emanuel
(Jr., 3-1, 1.41 ERA, 38.1 IP, 28/9 K/BB)

Game 2
Saturday, March 23
40 minutes after Game 1
Probable Staters:
BC: LHP Andrew Chin
(RFr., 1-4, 5.14 ERA, 21.0 IP, 14/13 K/BB)
UNC: RHP Benton Moss
(So., 5-0, 2.03 ERA, 31.0 IP, 39/13 K/BB)

Game 3
Sunday, March 24
1:00 PM
Probable Staters:
UNC: LHP Hobbs Johnson
(Jr., 0-0, 3.45 ERA, 15.2 IP, 16/10 K/BB)

ACC Standings
Baseball America
Perfect Game
USA Today

Game Notes

The longest winning streak to open a season in UNC history was 21 straight for the 2000 group.

Since the ACC went to an extended league schedule in 1987, the Tar Heels exited the opening weekend of league play undefeated for
the first time.

Bats Give Big Boost From Last Year

A key to Carolina's early season success has been the Tar Heels' ability to score runs and swing the sticks compared to a year ago when the Tar Heels finished with the 72nd-highest scoring offense and the 145th-highest batting average in the country.

Getting A Jump On ACC Play

Carolina swept its opening weekend series in ACC play for the fourth time since head coach Mike Fox took over the program in 1999.

The Tar Heels locked up a second-straight ACC series win to open the season for the second consecutive year.

Since 1999, the Tar Heels have finished no lower than third in the ACC when winning the
first two series of ACC action.

UNC Teams Winning First Two ACC Series (Since 1999)
2002 - 6-0 after 2 series, finished 3rd in ACC
2006 - 4-2 after 2 series, ACC Coastal Champions
2008 - 5-1 after 2 series, finished 2nd in ACC Coastal
2009 - 4-1 after 2 series, ACC Coastal Champions
2012 - 5-1 after 2 series, ACC Coastal Champions
2013 - 5-1 after 2 series, TBD


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