Baseball Notebook

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Week in Review: The Tar Heels headed into Jacksonville as the consensus top ranked team in the nation and the third seed in the ACC Tournament. They lost the first game to Virginia in 11 innings, then defeated Wake Forest and fell victim to a stunning comeback at the hands of Buster Posey and Florida State in their last game in round robin play.
• May 21 vs UVa (Jacksonville, Fla.) - L (8-7) 11 innings
• May 23 vs Wake (Jacksonville, Fla.) - W (2-0)
• May 24 vs FSU (Jacksonville, Fla.) - L (9-6)

Batter of the Week: Dustin Ackley powered the UNC offense at the Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville with a .533 on base percentage while batting .462, and scoring two runs while driving in three. He stole his 18th base of the season against the Cavaliers as well.
Honorable Mention: Chad Flack hit a game-tying home run against Cavalier closer Michael Schwimmer in the 10th inning in UNC's opening game. This was the first home run allowed by the ACC leader in saves this season. Flack batted .357 in the ACC tournament, scoring two runs and driving in two. His home run was his sixth of the season.
Honorable Mention: Tim Fedroff powered the Tar Heels to victory over the Demon Deacons with a double and a home run. He had an on base percentage of .462 during the tournament while batting .385. The blast against Wake Forest was his 12th of the season.

Pitcher of the Week: Freshman starter Matt Harvey was bumped up in the rotation to face Wake Forest and he delivered an eight inning shutout performance. He only faced one batter more than the minimum in his eight innings, walked one and gave up two hits on the day. He struck out 13 batters while throwing 66.4 percent of his 128 pitches for strikes.
Honorable Mention: The other two starting pitchers in the Tar Heel rotation also had quality starts. Adam Warren went 5.1 innings against Florida State, striking out eight Seminoles while only giving up two earned runs.
Honorable Mention: Alex White went seven innings against the Cavaliers, striking out 11 Wahoos while only giving up one earned run.

Fielding Note: The Tar Heels lost both games when they committed more errors then their opponents. The Heels had two errors against Virginia and Florida State, while the Cavaliers and Seminoles did not commit any. Against the Demon Deacons the Tar Heels only had one error, while Wake Forest committed three. It appears that the length of the Tar Heels' postseason run will be dictated by their play in the field.

Interesting Note: The Tar Heels' normally reliable bullpen blew two ninth inning leads in the ACC tournament. The bullpen allowed the Cavaliers to take three leads in the final three innings. Then in the final ACC tournament game against FSU, the Tar Heels gave up six runs in the ninth inning, squandering a two run lead.

Other Regional Sites: The Tar Heels join three other ACC teams to host regionals in Florida State, Miami and NC State. The other 12 regional hosts are Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton, Coastal Carolina, Georgia, Long Beach State, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Rice, Stanford and Texas A&M.

Cary Regional: The Tar Heels are joined by UNC-Wilmington, Elon and Mount St. Mary's in this weekend's NCAA Regional in Cary. Click here to view the full NCAA Tournament bracket. The game schedule is set as follows …

Friday, May 30
Game 1: #2 UNC Wilmington (42-15-1) vs. #3 Elon (43-16), 2 p.m.
Game 2: #1 North Carolina (46-12) vs. #4 Mount St. Mary's (21-32), 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 31
Game 3: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 1 p.m.
Game 4: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 5 p.m.
Sunday, June 1
Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 1 p.m.
Game 6: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, 5 p.m.
Monday, June 2
Game 7: 1 p.m. - IF NECESSARY (If Game 5 winner also wins Game 6)

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