The North Carolina baseball team, 27-18 overall and 13-11 in ACC play, will be looking to continue its four-game winning streak when welcoming East Carolina, 27-18 on the season and 13-8 in Conference USA action, to Boshamer Stadium Tuesday evening for a 6 p.m. first pitch.
Carolina slugger Skye Bolt says unlike most seasons, the Diamond Heels don’t have to automatic firepower to mow down opponents. He says this year; it takes a scrappy effort from the entire lineup to be successful.
“We got to go out there and play hard-nosed ball. We’re not a team that can just show up with talent and win ball games naturally. We can’t wait for things to happen. We got to start making them happen. We’re going to have to cycle some guys in and out and figure out who can get it done,” Bolt says.
Bolt says getting lightning-fast Adam Pate on base to help manufacture runs can really aid the Carolina offense.
“He knows that he can run. We all know that he can run. Having your fastest guy on the team on first base with no outs is how you want to start every inning,” Bolt says.
Exam break is coming up for the Tar Heels, but a chance at revenge comes first. The Pirates took down the Tar Heels 3-2 a week ago down in Greenville.
Head Coach Mike Fox says every game is of the utmost importance from here on out.
“Every game is the most important one for us. The next one is tomorrow night. They’re all extremely important this time of year. You have to take care of business at home. Every game from here on out is pretty critical for us,” Coach Fox says.
With this urgency in place and an increasing number of balls being delivered to the outfield, the Tar Heels appear to be moving back in a positive direction at just the right time.