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May 9, 2013

Diamond Heels on the road to Atlanta

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No. 1 North Carolina heads to AtlantaFridayfor 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.

News & Notes

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 1989.

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 aceKent Emanuelwill be going for his 10th win of the yearon Fridaywhich 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 ofColin Moran(75) andCody Stubbs(63) have combined for 138 RBIs this season and are currently the top two RBI men in the country.

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 Georgia Tech.

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


May 10 - May 12, 2013
Russ Chandler Stadium (4,157)
Atlanta, Ga.
Weather Forecast

#1 North Carolina: 44-4 (19-3)
#30 Gerogia Tech: 30-19 (12-12)
All-Time Series: Georgia Tech leads 68-55

Game 1
Friday, May 10
7:00 PM ESPN3/SiriusXM 91
Probable Staters:
GT: RHP Buck Farmer
(Sr., 8-3, 2.27 ERA, 83.1 IP, 92/23 K/BB)
UNC: LHP Kent Emanuel
(Jr., 9-1, 1.71 ERA, 89.1 IP, 67/17 K/BB)

Game 2
Saturday, May 11
6:00 PM ESPN3/SiriusXM 91
Probable Staters:
GT: RHP Dusty Isaacs
(Jr., 4-4, 3.74 ERA, 65.0 IP, 54/26 K/BB)
UNC: RHP Benton Moss
(So., 7-1, 3.34 ERA, 62.0 IP, 69/26 K/BB)

Game 3
Sunday, May 12
1:00 PM ESPN3/SiriusXM 91
Probable Staters:
NCSU: RHP Cole Pitts
(So., 5-3, 4.87 ERA, 57.1 IP, 37/25 K/BB)
UNC: LHP Hobbs Johnson
(Jr., 4-0, 2.00 ERA, 54.0 IP, 49/30 K/BB)

ACC Standings
Baseball America
Perfect Game
USA Today

Game Notes

Double Trouble

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 less.

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 in 2012.

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)


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