Series Preview: UNC vs. UVa

The Tar Heels head up to Charlottesville this weekend to take on Virginia. The Cavaliers are 13-11 in the ACC (33-15 overall) and are ranked No. 24 in the nation by Baseball America.

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Series Schedule:
Friday - 6 p.m.
Saturday - 6 p.m.
Sunday - 1 p.m.

Media Coverage:
The Tar Heel Sports Network will carry this series on local radio affiliates AM-1360 WCHL (Chapel Hill), 850 The Buzz (Raleigh) and AM-1150 WBAG (Burlington). ACC Select will televise all three games in this series online. WINA Radio in Charlottesville will also be covering the game (1070 AM).


Senior Third Baseman Chad Flack
"We have a good team, we are playing well and the forty wins are behind us. It does not matter any more. This last couple of months is all that matters. The last couple of years I believe we have lost to them in the series. I think we want a little revenge and we are hoping to go up there and play well and continue to play well."

[On the similar size of Davenport Field at UVa to the USA Baseball Training Facility field]
"In the past we have gone up there and hit some balls of course that end up being outs, we have been doing that all year here so we are kind of used to it. We are going to take the same approach and try to play our game and come out on top."

Junior Catcher Tim Federowicz
"Last time we were up there it was a great atmosphere, they always draw a good crowd. It is a real nice field, about the same size as this [USA Baseball] so we will be used to it. It is going to be a pitchers duel; we both have very good pitchers."

[On the Virginia running game]
"I kind of like it when guys like to run a lot - I get more action back there, it should be a lot of fun and I should get some work. I try to keep them honest over there [at first base] I don't want them getting too big of a lead so that they can take off. I guess I am controlling the running game a little bit and helping out the pitchers. I have been practicing for a long time [throwing behind the runners] ever since high school so I am pretty used to it."

Senior Fireman Rob Wooten
"Now classes are over and I am done [with them] forever, so it feels very good to get out here to concentrate on baseball. This is the stretch run, this is by far the most exciting part of the season. I can't wait, we are focusing on Virginia, they have a great team, beat us the past two years. It is a tough place to play... We can't wait, we need to take care of business. We have to focus on Virginia right now and that is it. We cannot worry about Winthrop or Miami or the tournament."

[On Virginia's running game]
"Let Tim throw them out. [laughs] He has a pretty good arm, he can throw. All we have to do is get the ball to him and he will throw them out. They won't run quite as much on Tim, we have to be quick to the plate and he will take care of the rest."

Head Coach Mike Fox
"Their exams hit a bit later than ours, we'll see... it is tough to stay in a rythym for eight or nine day period. I am sure Virginia has practiced. You never know how kids are going to respond. Sometimes they can respond in a good way knowing their schoolwork is behind them."

[On Virginia's running game]
"Controlling the running game has been something that we have been pretty good at this year. This is going to be extremely important up there, they have some guys that can run. It is part of their offense up there in that big ballpark, they try to manufacture runs. We have to stay in pitchers counts where they can not pick a good pitch to run or swing at."

[On the key to the series]
"The key for us is if we play good defense. We have got to play good defense, you can not open the door for them. Then you have to get some big, big hits. You have to get some two out hits, with the way Thompson and their pitching staff and relievers have been it is probably going to come down to someone making a big hit late in the game."

Pitching Match Ups:
Friday at 6 p.m. - UNC RHP sophomore Alex White (7-2) 2.13 ERA, 61 K, B/Avg .228.vs UVa RHP junior Jacob Thompson (5-2) 3.88 ERA, 51 K, B/Avg. .263

Saturday at 6 p.m. - RHP junior Adam Warren (7-1) 4.70 ERA, 43 K, B/Avg. .301 vs LHP senior Pat McAnaney (4-2) 2.05 ERA, 80 K, B/Avg. .198

Sunday at 1 p.m. - RHP freshman Matt Harvey (6-2) 2.03 ERA, 51 K, B/Avg. .226 vs RHP junior Andrew Carraway (3-3) 3.42 ERA, 63 K, B/Avg. .271

Virginia Pitching Notes:
Junior Jacob Thompson from Danville Va. was a unanimous All-American selection last year and a finalist for the Roger Clemens award. He pitched on the US National Team in the Pan Am Games helping to win a silver medal last summer. Thompson features a low 90s fastball, slider, curveball and changeup, and is expected to be a high draft choice after this season.

Senior Pat McAnaney was drafted twice by the Pittsburgh Pirates, last year in the 38th round and as a senior in high school in the 22nd round (2004). He is a talented all around athlete and starred in high school in football as a quarterback, basketball as a point guard and played first base, outfield and pitched. He leads the Cavs in strikeouts and innings pitched.

Junior Andrew Carraway moved into the starting rotation this season for the Hoos after leading the team with 42 appearances out of the bullpen last season. He features a fastball, changeup and curveball to go with being an outstanding student off the field, making the All-ACC academic team for the past two seasons in addition to the ACC Honor Roll. His curveball breaks 11 to 5 and his changeup drops quickly to make picking up his mid 80s fastball that much more difficult.

Virginia also features a talented closer in senior right handed pitcher Michael Schwimer. So far he has a 0.92 ERA on the season, striking out 20 batters in 19.2 innings while garnering 11 saves in 17 appearances.

Virginia Offense Overview:
Virginia leads the ACC with 109 stolen bases in 137 attempts, while at the bottom of the ACC with 22 home runs on the season. The Cavs trail UNC for the league lead in triples by one with 17. They have five starters who average over .300, led by outfielder Dan Grovatt (.354) and slugger Jeremy Farrell (.338, 9 HR, 44 RBI). The Cavs are led on the base-paths by senior infielder Gred Miclat from Concord, N.C. who has 27 stolen bases on the season and is second on the team in runs scored with 40 behind junior infielder David Adams (41). Fans who have watched UNC games at the USA Baseball Training Facility will be familiar with the style of play in Charlottesville as the Cavaliers tend to try to manufacture runs due to the similar size of their ballpark.

Virginia Season to Date:
The Cavaliers have struggled to keep up with Miami and the Tar Heels and are currently in third place in the Coastal Division of the ACC. They have only lost four non-conference games this season (Towson, George Washington, Coastal Carolina and William and Mary) and have lost their series with NC State and Duke, while being swept by Miami and Florida State. They swept ACC series with Maryland, Virginia Tech and Boston College, while winning the Wake Forest series.

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