Posted: 9:27 p.m. Monday, April 29, 2013
By Brian Barbour
Last week's results: lost to UNCW 9-8, def. Charlotte 10-2. split with NC State 7-1, 3-7
Record Last Week: 2-2
Record This Season: 41-4, 19-3 ACC
Upcoming Schedule: 5/1 vs The Citadel
For the first time this season UNC lost twice in the same week.
The first setback came against UNC Wilmington which came to Chapel Hill ranked #21 by Baseball America. And it appeared early on the Tar Heels would quickly dispatch the Seahawks. UNC scored a pair of runs in each of the first three innings to open up a 6-0 advantage. However the fourth inning saw things fall apart for Chris Munnelly and then Trevor Kelley as they combined to give up six runs on three walks and three hits. UNC answered in the bottom of the frame with two runs to take the lead back. UNCW would take the lead for good on a two run homer in the 8th. It was the first non-conference loss of the season for the Heels. And just to show that the letdown after beating UNC is not just a basketball phenomenon, the Seahawks lost two of three over the weekend to a just a .500 Towson team and fell out of the Top 25.
Over the weekend came the much anticipated series with NC State that ended up only going two games. The third was canceled due to rain on Sunday and will not be made up. UNC and NC State ended up splitting the two games with each team dominating the game their ace pitched. On Friday that was UNC with Kent Emanuel giving up one run and striking out nine in eight innings. Colin Moran's three run homer in the first ended up being all the Heels needed on the way to a 7-1 win.
On Saturday night, NCSU ace Carlos Radon got the best of the Heels for seven innings before giving way to the bullpen. UNC took advantage with a three run home run from Cody Stubbs however, the Wolfpack had already roughed up Benton Moss for six run through four innings and went on to win 7-3. The Heels did make noise in the 8th inning but couldn't quite get a timely hit.
Despite two losses, UNC remained #1 in the Baseball America poll and now gets a short respite with the exam week starting. North Carolina plays just one game this week, a Wednesday match-up with The Citadel. The Heels will return to a normal schedule next week with a pair of midweek games before heading to Atlanta for a crucial three game series with Georgia Tech. The Heels are three games ahead of second place Virginia in the Coastal Division with six conference games left. Three of those will come against Virginia in Chapel Hill to close out the regular season.