UNC Brings Nine-Game Win Streak Home
Tar Heels Bring Nine-Game Win Streak Back To Boshamer
No. 1 North Carolina returns to the friendly confines of Boshamer Stadium after a successful road sweep at Virginia Tech over the weekend to host No. 30 Coastal Carolina and Elon this week.
The Tar Heels and Chanticleers both enter Tuesday’s contest riding nine-game winning streaks. Coastal Carolina has won four straight road contests, while Carolina boasts a four-game home winning streak.
Carolina and Coastal Carolina will be meeting for the second time this season after the Tar Heels claimed a 7-1 win over the Chanticleers on Feb. 18 in a schedule addition after an early season rain out.
The Tar Heels and Phoenix will be meeting for the second time in as many weeks after UNC posted a 14-3 win at Elon last week.
North Carolina-Coastal Carolina Series History
• Tuesday’s contest between the Tar Heels and Chanticleers will be the 56th all-time meeting between the two clubs.
• Carolina owns a 40-15 advantage in the series and has won three in a row after the early season win.
• The Tar Heels have won four of the last five meetings against the Chanticleers.
North Carolina-Elon Series History
• Wednesday’s contest between the Tar Heels and Phoenix will be the 40th all-time meeting between the two clubs.
• Carolina owns a 30-9 advantage in the series and has won five straight in the series after the win a week ago.
Bolt To Miss An Extended Period Of Time
• Freshman outfielder Skye Bolt fouled a ball off his right foot in Friday night’s contest at Virginia Tech that resulted in a broken second metatarsal.
• Bolt will miss an extended period of time due to the injury and for the second consecutive year the Tar Heels will have to replace one of their top hitters after Colin Moran missed 21 games a year ago.
• The Tar Heels went 13-8 in Moran’s absence a year ago and are 2-0 without their star freshman so far.
• Bolt will undergo X-rays again on April 29 and his playing status will be reevaluated.
Moran Named ACC Player Of The Week
• Junior third baseman Colin Moran was named the ACC Player of the Week Monday after driving in 16 runs in a 5-0 week for the top-ranked Tar Heels.
• Moran registered a RBI in all five of UNC’s games and three or more RBIs in four of those contests. The Rye, N.Y., native batted an even .500 (12-for-24) at the plate with a pair of doubles and two home runs to add to his team lead of nine long balls.
• Moran became the first player in the country with 50 runs scored and 50 RBIs and currently leads the nation with 51 runs scored after crossing the plate 11 times last week, including a career-high five times in Saturday’s 9-8 win at Virginia Tech.
• The 16-RBI week for Moran gave him 56 for the season and moved him to within four of the national lead of 60. In addition to the 12 hits on the week, Moran drew four walks and did not strike out in 29 plate appearances. Moran currently leads the ACC in RBIs in conference-only contests with 28 and ranks second with 22 runs scored behind freshman teammate Landon Lassiter’s 26.
Holberton Wearing Many Different Hats
• Junior Brian Holberton has appeared throughout the Tar Heel lineup this season in addition to playing either corner outfield spot and also appearing behind the plate.
• With leadoff man Chaz Frank out for five games due to a hamstring injury, Holberton took over the leadoff role and reached base at a .556 clip and hit a team-high .429 with seven runs scored.
• Holberton has crushed ACC pitching has he has posted a .397/.467/.683 batting line with 19 runs scored, 17 RBIs and five home runs.
• With Skye Bolt out of the lineup in the final two games at Virginia Tech, Holberton moved into the cleanup spot and went 4-for-9 with two runs scored, three RBIs and a go-ahead two-run home run in the eighth inning Saturday.
Moran On Record-Breaking Pace
• Junior Colin Moran currently leads the Tar Heels in both runs scored and RBIs and would become the 13th player in school history to accomplish the feat.
• Moran is currently on a record-breaking pace for both runs scored and RBIs entering the weekend.
• The Rye, N.Y., native has scored 51 runs, the most in the country, and is averaging 1.42 runs per game through 36 games, a pace that eclipses Dustin Ackley’s mark of 1.21 runs per game in his single season 82-run record year of 2008.
• Moran has 56 RBIs on the year, the second most in the nation, and is averaging 1.56 RBIs per game compared to Marshall Hubbard’s 1.30 pace in his 83-RBI 2004 season.
Moran Continues To Reach Base
• Junior Colin Moran enters the week one of the longest active reached base streaks in the country at 35.
• Moran failed to reach in the opener but has been able to reach base safely in each of the 35 games since.
• Teams have been pitching around Moran throughout the season and the selective hitter has drawn the fifth-most walks in the country at 35, an average just shy of one per game.
• Moran checks in at sixth in the nation with a .519 on base percentage.
• Moran has scored 51 runs in 36 games eclipsing his single-season runs scored mark of 46 during his freshman campaign.
Thornton Thriving In New Role
• Freshman Trent Thornton has forced his way into the weekend bullpen after dominating in five midweek starts and has been one of the top relievers for the Tar Heels in the last couple of weeks.
• Thornton owns the second-lowest ERA in the country at 0.56 and proved his worth in the bullpen the last three weekends.
• The Charlotte, N.C., native earned his eighth win of the year Saturday as he threw three scoreless innings at Virginia Tech in UNC’s 9-8 extra-inning win.
• Last weekend against Maryland as he earned the save in Saturday’s 5-3 win with a scoreless ninth inning before throwing 4.1 scoreless frames in Sunday’s finale to pick up his seventh win of the year, which is tied for the third most in the country.
• Thornton made the move to the weekend in Carolina’s second game againt Clemson as he threw 6.1 innings and struck out seven in the resumption of a rain delay win against the Tigers.
Starting Pitching Providing Chances To Win
• Entering the season the Tar Heels returned all three starters from the 2012 rotation and returned the second-most rotation wins in the country.
• The starting pitching has been even better than advertised midway through the 2013 season as they have combined to go 22-1 with a 2.20 ERA during their time in games.
• Opponents are hitting .209 against Carolina’s starting pitchers and have posted a 191 to 64 strikeout to walk ratio.