When commenting on the intersection between life and baseball, this is what Bob Feller, World War II combat veteran and Hall of Fame pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, had to say:
Everyday is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is.
For the North Carolina Tar Heels, they can rebound this weekend after a disappointing week and weekend series.
The good news for Carolina is that they are still in the polls after losing four of five last week.
Here is a rundown of the results from the weekend series and weekday game:
UNC Baseball Results - Week 2
|2/23/2018||at East Carolina||L 1-2||2-4|
|2/24/2018||vs. East Carolina||W 5-4||3-4|
|2/25/2018||vs. East Carolina||L 0-12||3-5|
|2/27/2018||vs. High Point||W 10-0||4-5|
For a recap of the ECU series, check out the article by my colleague Chad Floyd.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Tar Heels hosted High Point University. Junior right hander Taylor Sugg earned the start for Carolina, and allowed just one hit through three scoreless innings.
A Michael Busch sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth scored Kyle Datres, and it proved to be the difference against the Panthers.
Lefty Caden O’Brien relieved Sugg in the fourth, and his 1 2⁄3 scoreless innings were enough for him to earn the win.
The Heels scored five runs in the fifth through some small ball, including both Busch and Cody Roberts tallying two RBIs apiece on singles.
A four-run eighth for UNC was highlighted by sophomore Kip Brandenburg knocking in three runs on a double.
The Tar Heel pitching staff received a much-needed boost in the 10-0 win over HPU. Six pitchers appeared in the shutout, allowing just two hits and nine total on base.
This was the 850th victory for head coach Mike Fox at Carolina. He now has 1,389 career wins.
First baseman Michael Busch continues his hot start for UNC. He leads the team with a .371 batting average and .571 slugging percentage. His 15 RBIs are tied for second in the ACC. Busch and Brandon Martorano are tied for the team lead with two home runs each.
Third baseman Kyle Datres is right behind Busch with a .359 average. He leads the teams in hits (14) and extra base hits (4), including three doubles.
In one start and four total appearances, lefty Caden O’Brien leads the team with a 1.23 ERA in 7 1⁄3 innings pitched.
Starter Tyler Baum has struck out 18 batters in 10 innings of work this season.
Tonight, the Tar Heels open a weekend series against Liberty. UNC leads the all-time series 17-2, however one of those wins by Liberty came last year in Chapel Hill when Carolina was ranked third in the country.
Liberty started the year with four straight wins, including a series sweep of VCU. After Wednesday’s loss at Elon, the Flames are 6-2 as they head to Boshamer Stadium this weekend.
Catcher Tre Todd is leading the way for the Flames, batting .409 with two home runs and eight RBIs. Jonathan Embry and Dylan also have eight RBIs on the year.
The series will likely open with Tar Heel righty Tyler Baum and Liberty right-hander Noah Skirrow on the mound. Saturday afternoon, Carolina ace Luca Dalatri will face off against righty Jackson Bertsch.
After a good amount of rain across the state yesterday, the forecast looks clear for the weekend. It is expected to be sunny and in the mid-50s in Chapel Hill all weekend.
If you are coming out to the Bosh tonight, consider bringing some food items to support the Million Meals Challenge:
UNC and Harris Teeter have teamed up in the Million Meals Challenge to support local families in need and you can help. Bring any non-perishable items to our game on Friday! Bring 3 or more and get a $5 gift card. pic.twitter.com/HiAu5aPIP8— Carolina Baseball (@DiamondHeels) February 28, 2018
Here’s a look at the upcoming schedule for UNC:
UNC Baseball Upcoming Schedule
|3/2/2018||3:00 PM||vs. Liberty|
|3/3/2018||2:00 PM||vs. Liberty|
|3/4/2018||1:00 PM||vs. Liberty|
|3/6/2018||3:00 PM||vs. VCU|