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Friday, December 09, 2022

Baseball Host VT in Weekend Series – University of North Carolina Athletics

Chapel Hill — After back-to-back ACC Coastal Division road series at Duke and Miami (Fla.), No. 18 North Carolina returns to Boshammer Stadium this weekend to host a three-game series against division foe Virginia Tech .

One game in the series is scheduled for Friday, April 1 at 6 p.m., followed by a pair of afternoon games on Saturday, April 2 (2 p.m.), and Sunday, April 3 (1 p.m.). All three games will be streamed on ACCNX.

It was the Hokies’ first visit to Chapel Hill since 2018, when Carolina won the three-match series to lead them 26-4. The Diamond Heels are 20-1 at home against Virginia Tech since joining the ACC in 2006.

UNC leads an all-time series 39-7, with two losses coming at Blacksburg last season.

pitching matchup

The Diamond Heels entered the weekend, ranked in the top 20 out of five of the major six collegiate baseball polls, ranked number 14 by Collegiate Baseball. UNC is ranked 15th by Baseball America and comes in 18th in D1 Baseball, NCBWA and USA Today coach polls.

last time out
Alberto Osuna A two-run home run at the bottom of the seventh inning against UNCW on Tuesday night propelled the Diamond Heels to a 6-4 win over the visiting Seahawks. Carolina jumped 4-0 on the strength of Danny Ceretti Three-run homer in the first. After UNCW posted four runs in the third, the UNC bullpen went to work holding the Seahawks to one hit for the remainder of the game. Davis Palermo Scored five runs in 3.1 innings of work without allowing a hit, Shadow PVhouse threw a hitless seventh and Kyle Moto Closed it with three strikes in the last two frames.

HOKIES SCOUTING

Virginia Tech enters a five-game winning series at The Bosch this weekend, including a 10-5 victory over No. 12 Notre Dame in South Bend. The Hawkeyes are tied with UNC for third place in the Coastal Division with four losses after playing only one game against the Irish last weekend. The Take .325 team is second in the ACC in hits with a batting average and leads the conference in home runs (.47) and slugging percentage (.612). Hokey sophomore Jack Hurley leads the league with a .470 batting average, while Cade Hunter is fifth with .409.

top pitching staff

The Diamond Heels entered the fourth weekend of ACC play, finishing third in NCAA Division I with a 2.44 team ERA behind Tennessee (1.86) and Virginia (2.33). UNC 10. allows forthFewest hits in every nine innings in the country (7.11) and 19th-Best strike-to-walk ratio (3.20). Carolina also leads the ACC in the fewest walks per game (3.24).

freshman flash
New Vance Honeycutt Leads the ACC in stolen bases with 18 and ranks ninth overall among all NCAA Division I players. He also leads all the D1 freshmen into theft hideouts. Honeycutt is 17-for-18 on the base path this season and started his career with 10 swipes in a row before being caught. His 18 stolen hideouts are the most by a Carolina freshman since 2000.

all about that base
With a run twice against UNCW on Tuesday, Jr. angel zarate Extended his consecutive run on the base streak to 48 games and reached base via hits in 44 of those games. Unfortunately, Tuesday night was not one of those games that ended his hitting streak in 24 games.

hot at home
Carolina has won 21 straight games at home in the final four games of the 2021 season. It is the program’s longest home win streak since winning 26 straight games between the end of the 2018 season (18) and the start of the 2019 campaign (8). The Diamond Heels are 17-0 at home this season and have outplayed their opponents by 87 runs in those games.

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