If you haven’t been watching already, it’s time to start paying attention to the UNC baseball team. Carolina is heading into the ACC Tournament tonight as the #1 team in the nation after winning a 3-games series against Miami, the previous #1. The Heels have a 45-10 regular season record, including 22-7 in conference. They have gone the entire season without losing a single multi-game series. They have three players (Dustin Ackley, Tim Fedroff, and Kyle Seager) batting a .382 average of better. They return pretty much their entire offensive lineup from last year’s College World Series finals team. Their top three starting pitchers (Alex White, Adam Warren, and Matt Harvey) have a combined 22-6 record. Their closer, Rob Wooten, has a 1.17 ERA and is 5-1 in his own right. They might have the nation’s most versatile player in Tim Federowicz. And the Heels have battle tested in what is quickly becoming the nation’s toughest baseball conference, with two other legitimate CWS title contenders this season (#3 Miami and #4 Florida State).
Excited yet? You should be.
It’s understandable if you’ve missed out on the Diamond Heels’ performance this year. After all, they’ve been been playing their home games 20 miles from campus in Cary, and only two of the team’s games have been televised in the state of North Carolina. But it’s the postseason now, and that means all of Carolina’s remaining games should be available for your viewing pleasure.
It all starts tonight at 8pm (although it’s looking more like 9 at this point) when the Heels play Virginia in their first of three round robin games. They will then play Wake Forest on Friday night and Florida State on Saturday at 1pm for the right to play in Sunday’s ACC Championship game. All games will be televised on FSN South in NC and SportSouth or FSN South in the rest of the Southeast.
(Photo from Inside Carolina Gallery. All stats from Tar Heel Blue.)