UNC Regional Final Notes
Top-seeded North Carolina (54-9) will be searching for its 12th NCAA Regional title Monday night when the Tar Heels host Florida Atlantic at 6 p.m. in a winner-take-all matchup.
Since the NCAA Tournament went to the regional-super regional format in 1999, the Tar Heels have won six regional titles (2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011) after claiming five others before 1999 (1948, 1960, 1966, 1978 and 1989).
Regional Game Sevens By The Numbers
• There will be four game sevens Monday night to close out the NCAA Regional round as UNC will host FAU, Vanderbilt will host Georgia Tech, Oregon will host Rice and Mississippi State will host Central Arkansas.
• UNC has played a pair of game sevens and dropped a 10-3 decision to Penn State in 2000 at the Montclair regional and fell 3-1 against South Carolina at the Columbia Regional in 2002.
• There have been 82 game sevens since the NCAA went to the regional format in 1999:
• Host teams are 52-19 (.732) in game sevens
• The higher seed is 54-28 (.659) in game sevens
• The team that won game six is 45-37 (.549) in game sevens
Avoiding A Losing Streak
• Carolina is the only team in the country to not suffer a losing streak in 2013 and is looking to become the first Tar Heel squad to accomplish the feat since the 1953 team went a full season without suffering back-to-back losses.
• The 1984 team made it through the regular season and the ACC Tournament without back-to-back losses but fell to South Carolina and New Orleans in consecutive games in the NCAA Tournament.
• UNC is 8-0 after a loss this season and is outscoring its opponents 64-13.
Tar Heels In Search Of The Big Hit
• Carolina has pounded out 39 hits in three games of the Chapel Hill Regional and have scored 16 runs but are 2-1 in regional action.
• UNC is hitting .368 in the regional and have been led by Chaz Frank who owns 8 hits in 14 at bats (.571).
• Three other Tar Heels are hitting over .400 in regional action as Brian Holberton is 6-for-13 (.462), Cody Stubbs is 5-for-11 (.455) and Landon Lassiter is 5-for-12 (.417).
• For the season UNC's 3 and 4 hitters (Colin Moran and Skye Bolt) have combined to go 69-for-178 (.388) with runners in scoring position but have combined to go 1-for-8 (.125) so far in the regional.
• Senior right-hander Chris Munnelly will take the mound for the Tar Heels Monday night as he will be making his fifth career postseason appearance and third career postseason start.
• Munnelly got the call as a freshman in an elimination game against Oral Roberts during the 2010 NCAA Norman Regional.
• Munnelly threw five innings of three-run ball to pick up the win as Carolina advanced to the regional final.
• The Winston-Salem, N.C., native also started against James Madison in the 2011 regional and struck out four over 4.2 innings of work as the Tar Heels claimed the 9-3 win.
• In Munnelly's 18 appearances in 2013, he has allowed more than two runs just twice en route to a career-low 2.36 ERA and a 6-0 record.
• Over his last six appearances, Munnelly is 2-0 with a save and a 2.35 ERA in 15.1 innings of work.
For Florida Atlantic:
• The Owls will bring back Friday afternoon starter Jeremy Strawn on short rest Monday night after allowing five runs over five innings of work in a loss against Towson.
• Strawn threw 82 pitches on Friday and is expected to throw only a few innings.
• The start will be the 17th of the year for Strawn, who is 5-3 with a 3.28 ERA in 90.2 innings of work.
One Win From 55
• Carolina is one win from the second-highest win total in school single season history.
• With a win Monday night Carolina would own 55 wins for the year, the second-most in school history behind the 2007 squad that posted 57 wins.
• The 2013 Tar Heels are the sixth team in school history to record 50 or more wins in a season and still have a chance to reach the 60 win mark.
• Only two other ACC teams have reached the 60 win plateau in a single season with the last coming in 2002 when Florida State accomplished the feat.
• The first ACC team to reach 60 wins was Clemson in 1991.
Shoring Up The Defense
• The Tar Heels snapped a string of five straight seasons with team fielding percentages above .970 last year when UNC posted a .968 mark.
• Carolina has shored up the defense in 2013 and own the second-highest fielding percentage in UNC single season history with a .976 mark.
• Since May 1, the Tar Heels own a .981 fielding percentage with only 13 errors to their name.
• Through three NCAA Regional games the Tar Heels have committed just one error in 103 chances for a .990 fielding percentage.