The freshly crowned Coastal Division champions continue to roll as they wrap up their regular season against Duke. The North Carolina Tar Heels clinched one of the top two seeds in the ACC Tournament with their series win against Virginia Tech last weekend. After the series win, North Carolina remains ranked third in all the major polls and are still second in RPI.
The Diamond Heels will likely be the number two seed in the ACC Tournament. To capture the top seed, Carolina will need to sweep Duke and Louisville will need to be swept by Florida State. Considering Louisville’s series is at home and FSU has not played as well in conference play, this is an unlikely scenario. As the second seed, UNC will be in Pool B and play the seventh and eleventh seeds. Based on the current standings, the Heels will face Miami and Virginia Tech in pool play.
Here are the results from the past week:
UNC Baseball Results - Week 13
|5/13/2017||at Virginia Tech||W 9-4||40-9|
|5/13/2017||at Virginia Tech||L 4-8||40-10|
|5/14/2017||at Virginia Tech||W 20-0||41-10|
|5/16/2017||vs. UNCW||W 7-2||42-10|
Against UNCW, right fielder Brandon Riley started the scoring with a solo shot to put UNC up 1-0 in the second. Shortstop Logan Warmoth and third baseman Kyle Datres each had a RBI in the third to increase the UNC lead to 3-0.
In the fourth, second baseman Zack Gahagan scored left fielder Tyler Lynn on a RBI ground out to add another run to the lead. Lynn knocked in two in the fifth to push the Carolina lead to 6-0.
Starter Tyler Baum had a no-hitter until the sixth when it was broken up by UNCW’s Zack Canada. Baum earned the win against UNCW, and finished with six shutout innings, allowing just one hit and striking out five.
Here are the highlights from the 7-2 win over UNCW, via UNC Athletics and the ACC Digital Network:
A stellar start from Tyler Baum and a long ball from Brandon Riley help the Heels pick up the midweek W against the Seahawks pic.twitter.com/TEl3SMuWNU— Carolina Baseball (@DiamondHeels) May 17, 2017
After a big weekend from the Carolina offense, Logan Warmoth and Brian Miller are now top five in the ACC in hits. Warmoth is tied for third with 76 and Miller is fifth with 74.
J.B. Bukauskas continues his stellar season from the mound. The starter is tied for the league lead in wins (8) and earned run average (1.80), and his tied for second in the ACC with 98 strikeouts.
Duke is 27-25 on the year, and 11-16 in conference play. The Blue Devils are coming off a series win against Georgia Tech. This was their first series win since taking a series against Virginia Tech in March.
The team from Durham is led by designated hitter Griffin Conine. He leads Duke starters in batting average (.320), home runs (13), RBIs (55), extra base hits (26), slugging percentage (.598), and on-base percentage (.446). His 55 RBIs are good for fifth in the ACC.
Righty starter Ryan Day leads the Duke pitching staff with a 3.23 ERA, while lefty starter Mitch Stallings leads the team in strikeouts (65). The team ERA average is 4.92.
Join the Tar Heel Blog staff at the final regular season home stand this year. Bring your dog to Boshamer Stadium on Thursday for “Bark at the Bosh.” The first 250 pups will receive a Carolina dog leash. Friday night will be Dustin Ackley bobblehead night. After Saturday’s finale, there will be a screening of the Kevin Costner classic “Field of Dreams.”
Here is the schedule for the regular season finale:
UNC Baseball Upcoming Schedule
|5/18/2017||6:00 PM||vs. Duke|
|5/19/2017||6:00 PM||vs. Duke|
|5/20/2017||2:00 PM||vs. Duke|