Weekend Watch: Pack vs UNC

The Wolfpack takes on archrival Carolina in a three-game set. Pack Pride's Austin Johnson takes a look at the match-up.

Series At A Glance
No. 24 NC State (Overall: 28-14, Home: 18-5, Away: 8-6, Neutral: 2-3, ACC: 11-10)
vs
No. 4 North Carolina
(Overall: 35-9, Home: 28-6, Away: 7-3, ACC: 14-7)

Probable Starters

Friday
NC State: LHP Eric Surkamp (3-2) – 2.88 ERA, 60 Strikeouts, .240 Opp BA
UNC: RHP Robert Woodard (7-1) – 2.05 ERA, 51 Strikeouts, .226 Opp BA

Saturday
NC State: RHP Andrew Brackman (6-4) - 3.90 ERA, 62 Strikeouts, .273 Opp BA
UNC: RHP Alex White (4-3) - 3.26 ERA, 49 Strikeouts, .252 Opp BA

Sunday
NC State: RHP Jimmy Gillheeney (3-2) – 4.43 ERA, 33 Strikeouts, .270 Opp BA
UNC: LHP Luke Putkonen (6-1) – 3.78 ERA, 36 Strikeouts, .255 Opp BA

Notables

  • UNC leads the overall series 144-117-1, but the Pack has won three of the last four season series against the Tar Heels. Elliot Avent is 18-16 against Carolina since coming to NC State.
  • Carolina won three of four last year, sweeping the Wolfpack in a three-game series at Boshamer Stadium. But State got its revenge in the ACC Tournament, winning a 9-3 game in the opening round.
  • Against Georgia Tech last weekend, the Pack batted just .167 over three games, including a .118 mark with runnings in scoring position. They struck out 33 times in three games and averaged 2.3 runs a game during their trip to Atlanta


    Statistical Leaders

    Batting Avg: Joe Florio, .321
    Hits: Caleb Mangum, 45
    Runs:Florio, 37
    Home Runs: Mike Roskopf, 8
    RBIs: Mangum and Ryan Pond, 32
    Stolen Bases: Ramon Corona, 8

    Wins: Andrew Brackman, 6
    Saves: Eryk McConnell, 8
    ERA: McConnell, 0.80
    Strikeouts: Brackman, 62
    Innings Pitched: Brackman, 67
    Opp Batting Avg: McConnell, .225

    UNC
    Batting Avg:
    Dustin Ackley, .451
    Hits: Ackley, 79
    Runs: Reid Fronk, 47
    Home Runs: Ackley and Seth Williams, 6 RBIs: Ackley, 51
    Stolen Bases: Ackley and Dustin Horton, 6

    Wins: Adam Warren, 8
    Saves: Andrew Carignan, 9
    ERA: Warren, 1.80
    Strikeouts: Robert Woodard, 51
    Innings Pitched: Woodard, 66
    Opp Batting Avg: Warren, .218

    Atlantic Coast Conference
    Batting Avg:
    Tony Thomas Jr., .453
    Hits: Thomas Jr., 82
    Runs: Thomas Jr., 66
    Home Runs: Allan Dykstra WF, 15
    RBIs: Dustin Ackley UNC, 51
    Stolen Bases: Greg Miclat, VA 32

    Wins: Bryan Henry, 10
    Saves: Casey Lambert VA and Andrew Carignan UNC, 9
    ERA: Jacob Thompson UVA, 1.54
    Strikeouts: Henry FSU, 80
    Innings Pitched:Henry, 76.1
    Opp Batting Avg: Tony Bajoczky DU, .194


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