Big Stretch Starts Tuesday For Tar Heels
No. 1 North Carolina begins a stretch of 15 games in 20 days on Tuesday when the Tar Heels head west to take on Elon before hosting Liberty Wednesday night.
The Tar Heels are coming off a series sweep of Maryland, their fifth series sweep of the year, and will head to Elon with the nation’s longest road winning streak.
Carolina has won 11 straight road contests dating back to the 2012 season and is 4-0 so far in 2013 with the bulk its road schedule coming up.
North Carolina-Elon Series History
• Tuesday’s contest will be the 39th all-time meeting between North Carolina and Elon.
• The Tar Heels hold a 29-9 advantage over the Phoenix and have won four straight in the series.
• Carolina claimed an 11-3 in a rain-shortened contest at home and a 3-0 road victory in 2012.
North Carolina-Liberty Series History
• Wednesday’s contest will be the 16th all-time meeting between North Carolina and Liberty.
• The Tar Heels hold a 14-1 advantage over the Flames after having their 14-game winning streak snapped a year ago.
• Liberty claimed a 5-3 win in Chapel Hill a year ago.
Middle Of The Order Doing Their Job
• A key to UNC’s success in 2013 has been the production of the middle of the order for Carolina.
• Entering the week, Carolina is one of two schools in the country with three hitters ranked among the top 20 in the country in RBIs.
• All three of UNC’s 3-4-5 hitters have eclipsed 36 RBIs on the year after only two hitters eclipsed the mark for the entire season a year ago.
• The trio of Colin Moran, Skye Bolt and Cody Stubbs have combined to go 64-for-145 (.441) with runners in scoring position which have led to 109 RBIs.
Moran Continues To Reach Base
• Junior Colin Moran enters this week with the sixth-longest active reached base streak at 30.
• Moran failed to reach in the opener but has been able to reach base safely in each of the 30 games since.
• Teams have been pitching around Moran throughout the season and the selective hitter has drawn the seventh-most walks in the country at 31, an average of one per game.
• Moran checks in at 15th in the nation with a .513 on base percentage and all of the times reaching base has led to Moran scoring the fourth-most runs in the country.
• Moran has scored 40 runs in 31 games, six shy of his single season career high of 46 set in 2011. He has scored a run in 23 of UNC’s 31 games this season.
Stubbs Named ACC Player Of The Week
• North Carolina senior first baseman Cody Stubbs has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Player of the Week.
• Stubbs went 12-for-24 (.500) at the plate and drove in 12 runs in pacing the top-ranked Tar Heels to a 5-1 week, including an ACC series sweep of Maryland. Stubbs capped off North Carolina’s three-game series with Clemson by going 6-for-8 with a run and three RBIs in last Monday’s doubleheader before scoring twice and driving in two more runs in a midweek win at UNC Wilmington.
• The Waynesville, N.C., native extended his hitting streak to seven games during the sweep of the Terrapins as he tallied a hit in each contest and drove in seven runs in the series. Stubbs reached base 16 times during the week and raised his batting average to an ACC-leading .402. Stubbs currently also moved into the ACC lead in RBIs with 42 after driving in 12 on the week.
• The ACC Player of the Week honor is the second of the season for Stubbs, who was also cited on March 11.
Heels Own Best Scoring Margin In The Nation
• The Tar Heels enter the week with the largest scoring margin in the country with a +6.4 scoring margin and is one of just two schools in the country with a +5.0 or better scoring margin, along with Virginia at +5.1.
• Carolina is first in the country with an 8.7 scoring average thanks to 271 runs in 31 games, 0.3 runs per game ahead of Campbell and Georgia State.
• The Tar Heel pitching staff has been just as good so far this spring with the fewest runs allowed per game at 2.4 (73 runs), percentage points ahead of second place Arkansas (2.4/77 runs in 32 games).
• Through the opening 31 games of play a year ago the Tar Heels had scored 197 runs (6.4 per game) and allowed 116 runs (3.7 per game) for a +2.7 scoring margin.
• The 2012 Tar Heels finished with a scoring margin of +2.5 runs per game (6.0-3.5).