Game 2 Tournament Notebook (w/audio)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Inside Carolina looks beyond the box score following the Tar Heels' 2-0 victory over Wake Forest in the eighth game of the ACC Baseball Championships on Friday.

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Mike Fox Post-Game Press Conference:
(7:41)

Matt Harvey:
(2:12)

Chad Flack:
(2:42)

* Freshman right-hander Matt Harvey previous two outings entering Friday night's ball game included six earned runs, 10 walks and only seven strikeouts. Against Wake Forest, the Connecticut native tallied 13 strikeouts to just one walk in eight scoreless innings.

"You just have to stay focused and keep everything you have from the beginning of the game," Harvey said about his strong outing. "It's a lot of fun going out there but it also takes a lot out of you. Definitely staying mentally focused is something you have to stay concentrated on."

* For the second straight ACC Tournament game, North Carolina's first pitch occurred in the 10 o'clock hour – two hours later than originally scheduled by the conference office, leading to legitimate questions on how college kids are able to deal with long days of sitting around waiting for game time to finally arrive.

"We go, go, go during the regular season so the sitting around the hotel is something new for them," head coach Mike Fox said. "You don't know how you kids handle it. I think they're enjoying it but then you wonder if they're ready. We have to be ready to play when they say and both teams are doing the same thing."

* Concerning the late start, strong pitching on both sides made Friday night's outing much more tolerable in terms of game length. After a Wednesday night/Thursday morning postgame interview session that took place at 1:40 a.m., Friday's game ended nearly an hour and a half earlier, thanks in large part to Harvey's and Wake Forest pitcher Charlie Mellies' strong performances.

The pair combined to post the fewest hits between two teams (8) in a tournament game since May 16, 1997, when Georgia Tech and Duke combined for six total hits in a 5-3 Blue Devils victory.

"I find it easier to throw when you're on a roll and the other guy is working just as quickly," said Mellies, when asked about the pace of the game.

* Before North Carolina even took the field on Friday night, the Tar Heels knew that they would not have the opportunity to defend their ACC Championship, even with two games remaining in divisional play. But Fox was not about to criticize the round-robin format that's currently in its second year during his postgame interview.

"I still like it," Fox said. "I'm not going to be one of those that says one year that I do and then the next year I don't. I said last year that I liked it, and we won. And I'm going to say this year that I like it, even though we were out. I think pool play is the way to go.

"I would have hated to have played a game yesterday, after playing until 1:30 in the morning [the day before]. The kids aren't used to that and I think that's when you get kids hurt."

Senior third baseman Chad Flack played his first two seasons in the previous double-elimination version of the ACC Tournament, and his thoughts fell in line with his coach's about the new format.

"I don't really have a problem with it," Flack said. "With both ways, you've got to play well to win it all. The first two years I was down here, we played in the other format and we went two and out. Now you get a third game no matter what, so I think it gives everybody a chance to come down here and spend a couple of days and hopefully get in a rhythm before the NCAA Tournament."

* Odd fact of the day: Mellies tossed his third consecutive complete game, bumping his career total to seven. Wake Forest's record in those outings? A meager 4-3.

* North Carolina senior reliever Rob Wooten entered in the bottom of the ninth to make the 100th appearance of his Tar Heel career.


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