No. 1 North Carolina heads to Atlanta Friday for a three-game ACC
Coastal series against Georgia Tech. The Tar Heels hold the top spot
in the ACC Coastal with a 19-3 conference mark, while the Yellow
Jackets sit in third place with a 12-12 conference record.
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Carolina is in position to finish among the top 5 in team scoring
and team ERA, a feat accomplished by only three other teams since
North Carolina became the first team in the country to reach 40
wins with its 10-2 win over Charlotte and has a chance to reach 45
wins for the seventh time in eight years this weekend.
UNC will also be in search of its 20th ACC win of the year this
weekend, a feat the Tar Heels have accomplished in five of the last
seven years. The most ACC wins for a UNC club is 22 set in the 2006,
2008 and 2012 seasons.
Junior ace Kent Emanuel will be going for his 10th win of the
year on Friday which would set a new single-season career high for
the Woodstock, Ga., native. Emanuel claimed nine wins as a freshman
and followed up with eight more as a sophomore.
Since 2001, the Tar Heels have had five pitchers post 10 or more
wins in a season and each year that a Tar Heel has hit the mark in
the last 12 years UNC has advanced to the College World Series.
The 2013 season marks the first time since 2009 that two Tar
Heels have tallied at least 60 RBIs in a season when Dustin Ackley
(73), Kyle Seager (62) and Mark Fleury (60) accomplished the feat.
The duo of Colin Moran (75) and Cody Stubbs (63) have combined
for 138 RBIs this season and are currently the top two RBI men in
Moran currently leads the nation in both runs scored (63) and
RBIs (75) and would become just the fourth player in the NCAA since
1980 to accomplish the feat.
UNC has outscored its opponents 165-30 in the first three innings
this year and own the best scoring margin in the country at 6.1.
Carolina maintained its hold on the top spot in this week's RPI
and has been No. 1 the past three weeks.
North Carolina-Georgia Tech History
Friday's contest will be the 124th between North Carolina and
The Yellow Jackets hold a 68-55 advantage in the series after
claiming a 2-1 series win in Chapel Hill last year, the last series
loss for the Tar Heels.
Since Georgia Tech joined the ACC in 1980: Overall - Georgia Tech leads, 59-47 at Georgia Tech - Georgia Tech leads, 26-19 Last 5 - Georgia Tech leads, 4-1 Last 10 - Georgia Tech leads, 7-3
Carolina has a chance to do something only three other teams have
done the past 25 years in college baseball.
If the Tar Heels keep up their scoring and run prevention pace, they
will become just the fourth team since 1989 to finish among the top 5 in
the country in both scoring and earned run average.
Only 11 teams since 1989 have finished a year in the top 10 in both
scoring and earned run average.
Teams Finishing Top 5 In Scoring And ERA
2013 - North Carolina (1st-Scoring; 3rd-ERA)
2001 - Delaware State (1st-Scoring; 1st-ERA)
1996 - LSU (5th-Scoring; 5th-ERA)
1989 - Southwestern Louisiana (5th-Scoring; 2nd-ERA)
Reaching The 45 Win Plateau
With a win this weekend, Carolina would reach the 45 win mark for the
seventh time in the last eight years as they enter at 44-4.
After Carolina's 10-2 win over Charlotte, the Tar Heels will go down
as one of nine teams in NCAA history to record 40 wins in 43 games or
Carolina became one of just two teams to accomplish the feat in the
last 24 years joining Florida Atlantic in 1999, a club that reached 40
wins in 41 games.
Fewest Games To 40 Wins
41 Games (40-1) - Florida Atlantic, 1999; Texas A&M, 1989; Texas, 1977
42 Games (40-2) - Oklahoma State, 1988; Hawaii, 1979; Arizona, 1974
43 Games (40-3) - North Carolina, 2013; Miami, 1981; Arizona State, 1972
44 Games (40-4) - Virginia, 2011; South Carolina 1975 & 2000
Closing In On 20 ACC Wins
A win against Georgia Tech this weekend will give the Tar Heels their
20th conference win of the year, a mark they have reached five times in
the last seven years.
A sweep would move Carolina to 22 ACC wins, which would tie for the
most in a single
season for the Tar Heels. The most wins by an ACC club in conference
action is 24, done six times since 2006 , most recently by Florida State
UNC's Most Single Season ACC Wins
22 - 2008 (22-7), 2012 (22-8), 2006 (22-8)
21 - 2007 (21-9)
20 - 2011 (20-10)
19 - 2013 (19-3), 2009 (19-10)