CHAPEL HILL – Head Coach Mike Fox said game three of this weekend’s nationally-televised series between No. 1 UNC and No. 6 N.C. State might have gone on if it had been rescheduled for earlier in the day, but ESPN insisted on sticking to the original time–and Coach Fox was not happy about it.
“I’ll set the record straight here,” Coach Fox said. “The bottom line is that ESPN had the right to the game, and they evoked that right to play it at 7:00, and they were not interested in moving it even though it was pretty clear that it looked like it was going to rain. So, it wasn’t N.C. State; it wasn’t us; it was television having the rights to the game. That’s the contract the ACC signed in all their sports. To my knowledge, there was very little negotiation. They were asked to be flexible on the time, and they did not do that.”
Coach Fox made those comments on his weekly radio show Monday night on WCHL.
The Tar Heels are back in action on Wednesday, hosting The Citadel in Boshamer Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.; you can catch all the action on 97.9 FM, WCHL.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/mike-fox-sets-the-record-straight/
RALEIGH – No series winner will be decided on the baseball diamond in this year’s meeting between No. 1 North Carolina and No. 6 N.C. State as game three of the matchup was called off due to inclement weather.
The game will not be made up and the Tar Heels return to action Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. in Boshamer Stadium against The Citadel.
Two conference series remain for Carolina as the Tar Heels travel to Georiga Tech May 10-12; the season finale series against Virginia begins May 16.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/rain-ends-unc-ncsu-series-baseball-in-tie/
CHAPEL HILL – The No. 1 UNC baseball team faces by far its toughest opponent of the season this weekend when the Tar Heels travel to Raleigh to do battle with the No. 6 N.C. State Wolfpack.
North Carolina is unbeaten on the road (8-0) this season and swept conference foes Wake Forest and Virginia Tech away from Boshamer Stadium.
N.C. State holds the nation’s longest current winning of 15 games which is the second longest for the Pack since 16 straight in 2003.
Both teams lead their respective divisions; Carolina has a three-game lead on Virginia in the Coastal; State is one game ahead of Florida State in the Atlantic.
Carolina will likely put Friday’s starter, junior Kent Emanuel on the mound for the 6:30 p.m. first pitch. Emanuel is 8-1 on the season and throwing a 1.82 earned run average.
You can hear all the action on WCHL and streaming live online at Chapelboro.com immediately following the WCHL Evening News with Aaron Keck.