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March 29, 2013

Diamond Heels ready to face Clemson

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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 History

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 2011.

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 start.

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.


March 30-April 1, 2013
Boshamer Stadium (4,100)
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Weather Forecast

#1 North Carolina: 23-1 (7-1)
Clemson: 16-9 (5-4)
All-Time Series: Clemson leads 96-84-1

Game 1
Saturday, March 30
6:00 PM
Probable Staters:
CU: RHP Daniel Gossett
(So., 3-1, 1.33 ERA, 40.2 IP, 34/11 K/BB)
UNC: LHP Kent Emanuel
(Jr., 4-1, 1.17 ERA, 46.1 IP, 35/9 K/BB)

Game 2
Sunday, March 31
7:00 PM (RSN)
Probable Staters:
CU: RHP Clate Schmidt
(Fr., 2-0, 4.05 ERA, 26.2 IP, 18/10 K/BB)
UNC: RHP Benton Moss
(So., 6-0, 1.89 ERA, 38.0 IP, 45/15 K/BB)

Game 3
Monday, April 1
6:00 PM (ESPNU)
Probable Staters:
UNC: LHP Hobbs Johnson
(Jr., 0-0, 3.48 ERA, 20.2 IP, 21/12 K/BB)

ACC Standings
Baseball America
Perfect Game
USA Today

Game Notes

The Tar Heels allowed four runs combined during the week and still lead the country in runs allowed per game at 2.2

Carolina is one of two ACC teams among the top 10 in the country in both scoring and ERA along with Virginia.

The Tar Heels are hitting .316 as a team on the year, while holding opponents to a .188 mark and have a team OPS more than 400 points higher (.899 for, .488 against)

Top 10 National Rankings (As of 3/24)
Scoring - 1st, 9.4
On Base Percentage - 2nd, .431
Slugging Percentage - 5th, .479
Walks - 7th, 136
Batting Average - 9th, .319
Hits Allowed Per 9 IP - 1st, 5.97
ERA - 2nd, 1.70
WHIP - 7th, 1.05

Getting On Base And Scoring Runs

The Tar Heels entered the week with the second-highest On Base Percentage in the country, trailing just Georgia Tech and the teams enter the weekend tied a .431.

Carolina has traditionally beenn among the top teams in the country in getting on base and have turned those base runners into runs this year.

UNC drew the fourth-most walks in the country a year ago but turned those 304 walks into just 372 runs due in large part to the 145th-highest batting average at .276

Entering the weekend the Tar Heels have drawn 148 walks and turned those into 216 runs thanks to a .316 batting average.


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