Baseball Notebook

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Week in Review: The Tar Heels ran the table this week, winning both of their mid week games and following that up by sweeping their weekend ACC series against Boston College behind outstanding pitching and timely hitting at the USA Baseball Training Facility in Cary. The Tar Heels improved their ACC record to 16-4 (34-7 overall) and are on an eight-game winning streak.
• April 15 - UNC-Greensboro (Greensboro, N.C.) - W 14-3
• April 16 - Charlotte (Cary, N.C.) - W 5-4 (12 innings)
• April 18 - Boston College (Cary, N.C.) - W 12-3
• April 19 - Boston College (Cary, N.C.) - W 6-0
• April 20 - Boston College (Cary, N.C.) - W 8-2

Batter of the Week: Sophomore outfielder Tim Fedroff batted .391 for the week while getting on base at a .500 clip. Fedroff hit for the cycle against UNC-Greensboro. He also added three stolen bases this week bringing his season total up to 10 thefts while only being caught once. He scored seven times on his nine base hits, while driving in six Tar Heel base runners. He also garnered five base on balls. Fedroff is hitting .398 for the season, leads the team with 25 base on balls and is second on the team behind Dustin Ackley with 50 runs scored (Ackley has 51).
Honorable Mention goes to senior utility man Kyle Shelton, who tied his career high in runs batted in against UNC-G on Tuesday evening, plating four Tar Heels - he drove in nine for the week.

Pitcher of the Week: Adam Warren pushed his career record to a perfect 19-0 with his seven innings of shutout work on Saturday night against Boston College. He only allowed three hits while walking five batters and striking out six Eagles on the evening. The Tar Heels as a squad lead the ACC in earned run average and in batters struck out.

Play(s) of the Week: The Tar Heels used a pair of Kyles to rally from behind in extra innings against a very talented Charlotte 49ers squad. Kyle Shelton knocked in the winning run in the twelfth inning after the Tar Heels loaded the bases with a walk, hit batsman and a Dustin Ackley single. The Tar Heels trailed in the eleventh inning until Kyle Seager hit a two out single to tie the game.

Interesting Notes: Kyle Seager continues to lead the ACC in runs batted in with 57. He added to his tally by hitting two home runs against Boston College in the first game of the weekend sweep. He has hit eight home runs on the year, trailing Tim Fedroff by one for the team lead. Senior third baseman Chad Flack was a perfect four-for-four in stolen base attempts this week.

Around the Coastal Conference: Miami was able to win its series against Florida State aided by the ACC Sunday evening travel curfew rule in seven innings, winning 11-10. Miami should continue to reside in the top of both major polls with this series victory. Florida State did win a game on Saturday against the Coastal Conference leaders, bringing Miami to a 17-2 conference record (33-4 overall). Virginia trails the Tar Heels in the Coastal standings and won their series against Wake Forest, bringing their ACC record to 13-8 (31-11 overall). Duke was able to erase a game-winning two-run home run in the top of the eleventh inning with a timely lightning warning in their game against Clemson on Sunday evening. They left the infield uncovered in Durham during the rain for the 30-minute lightning delay and the game ended in a tie with only 10 innings going into the books because of the poor conditions on the soggy infield.

Looking Forward: The Tar Heels head to Charlotte on Tuesday to complete the home and away series with the 49ers, then return home to Cary to face High Point on Wednesday. The No. 2-ranked Florida State Seminoles arrive for a critical ACC series this weekend in Cary.
• April 22 - Charlotte (Charlotte, N.C.) - 6 p.m.
• April 23 - High Point (Cary, N.C.) - 6 p.m.
• April 25 - Florida State (Cary, N.C.) - 7 p.m.
• April 26 - Florida State (Cary, N.C.) - 6 p.m.
• April 27 - Florida State (Cary, N.C.) - 1 p.m.

The season's first edition of the Mike Fox Show will be aired live on AM-1360 WCHL Monday (April 21) at 7 p.m. Carolina baseball play-by-play man Jones Angell will host the show live from Tyler's Restaurant and Taproom in Carrboro, and Tar Heel fans are encouraged to attend. The show continues every Monday until the second of June.


After winning the three games against Boston College this past weekend, your team's now on an eight-game winning streak...

"We were thrilled to have a good week and to end it on a good note obviously winning three games against Boston College. We finally got nice weather for three days in a row and had a great atmosphere and crowds out in Cary. It was a great weekend for us certainly."

Tell me about the tension and drama in extra innings in the game against Charlotte...

"That was kind of a crazy game. It seemed like it was a long time ago with the weekend series. We did not put ourselves in a good situation offensively all throughout the game to score a run or two. We were not very good from an offensive standpoint, just some situational hitting and did not get a bunt down to move some runners. We were very fortunate to win that game. Some big clutch hits from Chad Flack and Kyle Seager in the 11th inning. You have to think you are fortunate to win any time you get down to your last strike between winning and losing."

What did you think about Adam Warren's performance on Saturday night?

"I thought Adam pitched well. He is just so consistent for us. He gives us a chance outside of the one start in the beginning of the year for us after that he has been very solid for us. He did not quite have the command we would like for him to, especially early on. He got in a rhythm there in the middle part of the game and you look up and they have not scored and we turn it over to our bullpen when he has reached his pitch count. Adam has had a very solid year for us so far."

There is a big ACC matchup with Florida State followed by final exams. How is the team handling the balance between baseball and their school work?

"Well I am sure that it has been a tough balancing act for the last three or four weeks as the academic semester winds down and we have played so many games in a short period of time. It has been tough on them. With final exams, we will have a number of guys that will have exams early on Monday morning. We will go on the road tomorrow and we will have them do some studying on the bus and in Charlotte and get through these two mid week games and keep their minds focused on Charlotte and High Point. It will obviously be a fun series this weekend and Florida State has a great team, we always have a good series with them. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we will play well."

In your opinion what do you think that your team needs to improve on?

"Probably a couple of things. One is I think we need to be more consistent offensively. We have struggled getting out of the gate some offensively, we went like 10 or 11 batters in a row yesterday and hit the ball in the air... probably more of a line drive or ground ball hitting team especially playing in Cary. We hit a lot of those balls hard, but obviously they were not carrying yesterday. Our improvement needs to continue defensively. We went through a stretch there where we really played well. We did not play well defensively yesterday and made a couple of mistakes on ground balls that could have cost us. I think it is not so much as an improvement as a continued emphasis on us playing good defense."

Earlier this season Chad Flack told me that he had "deceptive speed" on the base paths and this week he went a perfect four for four in stolen bases...

"[laughs] He is right on with that. He keeps telling me and has told me for the past couple of years that people think he can not run because he is so big. He is real smart and knows when to run and when not to. He is very, very smart and if I give him the green light or I give him the opportunity to run, he knows when to run and when not to. So I trust him completely, he is just not going to run when he does not need to; when the pitcher is quick to the plate or when he could run into an out... those are the kind of guys you want on the base paths that you trust. He is a senior so he knows the deal there, I would not be surprised to look up at the end of the year and him have 12 or 15 stolen bags for us."

How do you and your staff scout upcoming opponents?

"A variety of ways, there are not many secrets out there on other teams. We have video and ACC All Access... we can go on there and pull up any game; for example that Florida State has played, they were on there twice I think this weekend against Miami. We have already watched a couple of those games already, believe it or not. Sometimes other teams will provide information on other teams, that is a little tricky because some teams share and some don't. My assistant coaches do a terrific job scouting our opponents."

What are the similarities and differences between your going to the College World Series as a player and as a coach?

"[laughs]... about thirty years! That is difficult because players and coaches look about this so differently. This is a job for us and there is preparation... and obviously their excitement. For players it is a complete thrill, it is for the coaches...but we finish one game or one practice and are always thinking ahead to our next opponent. It was exciting for me, but I was more excited for our players. The experience they were getting ready to have more than anything else. I was thrilled about that. I remember a little about '78 about us going. I mostly remember my teammates and that sort of thing for that year. It is really hard to compare and contrast because there are so many years in between."

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