UNC Baseball Begins ACC Tournament Play Thursday
CHAPEL HILL – The No. 5 UNC baseball team begins round-robin play Thursday as the No. 1 seed in the ACC tournament against Miami.
The Tar Heels finished the season 48-8 and as the ACC regular season and Coastal Division champions at 21-7 in conference play. The Hurricanes were the final team to make it into the tournament at 35-21, 14-16.
However, Miami handed Carolina its first loss of the season in the teams’ conference opener, 4-1 in Chapel Hill. Prior to that, UNC had its second-best start in school history winning its first 16 games. And, one loss in round-robin play—especially early in the tournament—makes it that much harder to make it to Championship Sunday.
The Tar Heels finished the season on a high note defeating Atlantic Division champion Florida State in a one-game, non-conference meeting. However, Carolina dropped its final two conference series, 2-1 to Georgia Tech in Atlanta and 2-1 to Virginia in Chapel Hill.
Georiga Tech, Florida State, and Virginia are all possible opponents—as well as Virginia Tech—for Carolina if it makes it to the one-game championship on Sunday.
First pitch of game one of the tournament for Carolina is 3:00 p.m. Thursday at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. You can hear all three Carolina games as well as the championship if the Tar Heels advance on WCHL and streaming here.
Tune in to the WCHL Morning News Thursday at 8:20 a.m. to hear the head coach of the Tar Heels, Mike Fox, discuss the upcoming tournament with Ron Stutts.
No. 29 Miami Hands No. 1 UNC Baseball First Loss
CHAPEL HILL – The No. 1 UNCbaseball team met its match for the first time this season as No. 29 Miami once against proved too much for the Tar Heels.
After four innings, the game remained scoreless, but Miami put three runs on the board in the top of the fifth from two hits. Junior left-handed pitcher Kent Emanuel gave up two of his three walks in the inning, both of which scored.
In the bottom of the fifth, freshman designated hitter Landon Lassiter opened the inning with a single to left field. After two wild pitches he landed on third which put him in position for freshman right-fielder Skye Bolt to knock him in. On a single to left, Bolt tallied his 17th RBI of the year and brought the deficit to two.
But, with one out in the seventh, Miami extended its lead back to three where the contest would end at 4-1.
With the decision, Miami has won 11 of the last 12 contests since the 2010 season. The Hurricanes now control the series 30-21-1.
The series continues Saturday with a 6:00 p.m. first pitch at Boshamer Stadium.