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UNC Evens GT Series With 3-1 Win

ATLANTA – The No. 1 UNC baseball team evened its series with Georgia Tech Saturday night 3-1 after rain delayed the start more than an hour and a half.

Offensively, it was another slow night for the Tar Heels in Atlanta. UNC got on the board in the top of the first after senior Chaz Frank started the game off with a double. He was batted around for the score, but two additional runners were left on base.

The Heels left one more on in the second and two more in the third with which they could have extended the lead, but the defense held and Carolina remained in control, 1-0.

Carolina extended its lead to two in the sixth and added a security run in the ninth. Georgia Tech tried to get in the contest late with a single run in the bottom of the ninth, but freshman Trent Thornton held on as the closer and Carolina took the 3-1 win.

UNC and Georgia Tech meet in the rubber match Sunday at 1:00 p.m. You can hear all the action live on 97.9 FM WCHL and here.

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Atlanta Series Will Provide A Challenge

CHAPEL HILL – The No. 1 UNC baseball team could come within one win of locking up the Coastal Division title this weekend with a sweep of Georgia Tech; game one of the series begins Friday night in Atlanta.

The Tar Heels have a four-game lead on the Virginia Cavaliers, whom they will face in the final series of the regular season. Of the final seven conference games, four wins will guarantee an outright division crown for UNC.

However, Carolina Head Coach Mike Fox said on his weekly radio show Monday night that despite the Yellow Jackets sitting at 12-12 in the ACC, his Tar Heels can’t get caught looking ahead.

“We’ve historically not been as successful in Atlanta as we would like to be,” Coach Fox said. “We’re going to go in there facing a team that I think is fighting for their lives.”

Junior Kent Emanuel will once again take the mound Friday night in search of his tenth win of the season.

First pitch between Carolina and Georgia Tech is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Friday. The series continues Saturday at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. All three games of the contest can be heard live on WCHL and streaming here.

 

From the Associated Press:

UNC’s Moran driving offense for No. 1 Tar Heels 

CHAPEL HILL – Colin Moran has grown from the top freshman in the country to one of the nation’s most dangerous hitters and a top draft prospect for No. 1 North Carolina. 

The junior has the chance to become the fourth player in NCAA history to lead the nation in runs scored and RBIs. He entered the week first in RBIs and tied for the lead in runs scored, while ranking among the leaders in most major hitting categories. 

Moran has helped give UNC the nation’s top-scoring offense and kept them on course to return to the College World Series for the sixth time in eight seasons. It’s also solidified Moran’s standing as one of the top talents in next month’s draft. 

Moran says he’s “just felt comfortable and gotten into a groove.”

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Baseball Hosts JMU Tue, Wed; Looks Ahead To GT

CHAPEL HILL – The UNC baseball team is back in action after just less than a week off for exams, and despite having the best record in the land, remains in the No. 2 spot in two of the four national polls for the second straight week.

The Tar Heels fell to No. 2 behind Vanderbilt in the National College Baseball Writers’ Association and the Collegiate Baseball polls last week and remain there after this week’s polls were released Monday. However Carolina remained in the top spot in the Baseball America and USA Today Coaches polls. UNC is 42-4 overall while Vanderbilt is 41-6.

Tuesday, the Tar Heels host the James Madison Dukes who are 20-23 on the season and hail from the Colonial Athletic Association. UNC is 2-1 against the CAA this season with a 9-8 loss to UNC Wilmington late last month and wins over UNCW and VCU.

Monday night on Mike Fox Live, the head coach explained how the exam break can really take the team out of its rhythm of competition, but allows for a refocus just before the final push to the postseason.

“We got a lot of work done, which is good because we’re not able to practice a whole lot during the regular season,” Coach Fox said, “We were able to spend as much time or as little time as we wanted all throughout the weekend, and it was a good four- or five-day period for our players and our program.”

A sweep this weekend against Georgia Tech could wrap up the ACC Coastal title for the Tar Heels. While the focus is on JMU Tuesday and Wednesday, Coach Fox says it’s hard not to look ahead to Atlanta.

“We’ve historically not been as successful in Atlanta as we would like to be,” Coach Fox said. “We’re going to go in there facing a team that I think is fighting for their lives.”

Georgia Tech is third in the Coastal, five games behind Virginia and two games ahead of Virginia Tech.

But, before the Heels can travel to Atlanta, they’ll host two mid-week contests against the Dukes of James Madison Tuesday and Wednesday. First pitch both nights is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. at Boshamer Stadium and can be heard live on WCHL and here immediately following the WCHL Evening News with Aaron Keck.

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