With a chance to stay in contention for the Coastal Division lead, the North Carolina Tar Heels (18-16, 12-12 ACC) dropped the weekend series to Pitt.
Add in a loss to Coastal Carolina Tuesday night, and UNC has lost three of four.
The schedule until the ACC Tournament will be a grind for Carolina, as each of their four remaining conference opponents are ranked in at least a portion of the national polls.
This weekend, the Tar Heels host a Miami team that is ranked in two of the national polls:
UNC Baseball Upcoming Schedule
|5/18/2023||6:00 PM||at Clemson|
|5/19/2023||6:00 PM||at Clemson|
|5/20/2023||1:00 PM||at Clemson|
On Tuesday, Carolina never had a shot against Coastal Carolina.
The Chanticleers scored three home runs to start the scoring, and were up 6-0 before the Tar Heels even tallied a run.
Dallas Tessar got UNC on the board with a solo shot in the fourth.
Brett CEntracchio added a RBI single in the seventh, and Caleb Roberts attempted to spur a ninth inning rally with two on as he hit a RBI single down the line.
Yet, that was all Carolina could muster versus Coastal Carolina.
Miami (21-11, 13-10 ACC) are riding a four-game winning streak that includes a sweep of Clemson last weekend. The Hurricanes find themselves right in the middle of the ACC in team hitting, pitching, and fielding.
Christian Del Castillo, the Seton Hall transfer, leads Miami in batting average (.364), hits (44), and on-base percentage (.423). The redshirt junior falls in the top ten in the league in batting average and hits.
Third baseman Yohandy Morales is tied for sixth in the ACC with nine home runs, and is tied for ninth in the conference with 31 RBIs.
The star of the Hurricanes’ bullpen is Carson Palmquist. He has appeared in 13 games and 25.2 inning, allowing just a 1.40 ERA.
Despite ranking sixth on the Miami squad in innings pitched, he leads the team with 45 strikeouts.
Palmquist’s nine saves leads the ACC.
Below are the individual leaders for UNC:
- Batting average: .326 - Justice Thompson
- Slugging percentage: .595 - Caleb Roberts
- Home runs: 9 - Caleb Roberts (T-6th ACC)
- RBI: 27 - Caleb Roberts
- Hits: 42 - Justice Thompson (T-9th ACC)
- Runs: 28 - Justice Thompson
- On-base percentage: .449 - Caleb Roberts (8th ACC)
- ERA: 0.75 - Chris Joyner (minimum 10 innings pitched)
- Strikeouts: 67 - Austin Love (T-4th ACC)
- Innings pitched: 55.1 - Austin Love (3rd ACC)
- Wins: 4 - Austin Love (T-6th ACC)
- Saves: 3 - Nik Pry