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Week In Review: North Carolina won the NCAA's Cary Regional in three games, beating Mount St. Mary's in the opening game; then knocking off UNC Wilmington twice. The Tar Heels now advance to host a Super Regional next weekend.

NCAA Cary Regional Recap
• Game 1 - UNCW 5, Elon 2
• Game 2 - UNC 16, Mount St. Mary's 8
• Game 3 - Elon 6, Mount St. Mary's 3
• Game 4 - UNC 5, UNCW 1
• Game 5 – UNCW 15, Elon 11
• Game 6 - UNC 7, UNC-W 3

Batter of the Week: Tim Fedroff powered the Tar Heel offense this weekend. He batted .818 in the three-game slate and was on base at a .857 clip. He knocked eight runs in with his nine hits and scored four times.
Honorable Mention: Dustin Ackley batted .500 during the Regional and scored six times on his seven base hits. He also had three runs batted in and played outstanding defense at first base.
Honorable Mention: Mark Fleury made the most of his only start in the Regionals. He feasted on Seahawk pitching, reaching base on every trip to the plate. He went 3-for-3 with a three-run home run and scored twice.

Pitcher of the Week: Alex White had the most impressive performance of the Regional. He pitched a complete game against UNCW on Saturday, only allowing three hits and a walk. He struck out eight Seahawks and allowed one earned run, on a double by Nate Hall followed by a sacrifice fly.
Honorable Mention: Matt Harvey was pitching well in the Tar Heels opening game against Mount St. Mary's before he was relieved by the bullpen to start the fourth inning, in an effort to save his arm for possible use later in the Regional. He allowed one run in his three inning stint and struck out three Mountaineers while only allowing one base hit to go along with two walks.

All Regional Honors: Six Tar Heels were announced to the All-Regional team. Pitcher Alex White was joined by Dustin Ackley at first base, Ryan Graepel at shortstop, Tim Fedroff and Seth Williams in the outfield and Mark Fleury at designed hitter. Tim Fedroff was announced at the Most Outstanding Player of the Cary Regional.

Decision of the Week: The Tar Heel coaching staff watched the final game of the loser's bracket Sunday between UNCW and Elon while were working on the lineup for their game later that day against the winner. UNCW made a stunning comeback, scoring 11 runs in the ninth inning. Once UNCW announced its starting pitcher for the nightcap, UNC head coach Mike Fox penciled in reserve catcher Mark Fleury in the DH spot that had been occupied by junior Garrett Gore in the Heels' first two games. The decision paid off, as Fleury went 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBI in his first action in the Regional.

Interesting Note: Prior to the start of the NCAA Tournament, Coach Fox pointed to defense as a key to the Tar Heels' postseason success. With that in mind, UNC committed two errors in its three games and looked much more comfortable in the spacious confines of the USA Baseball Training Facility than the opposing teams. The difficulty of covering so much ground between the infield and the outfield put pressure on opponents, as a lot of balls were hit where the defenses were not located and fielding errors were compounded by the difficulty of playing deep in the infield to help cover the gaps between the defense. Strong performances from Ryan Graepel and Seth Williams headlined the Tar Heel defensive effort.

Looking Forward: UNC will host a Super Regional next weekend in Cary against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, who decimated their opposition at their regional in Conway, S.C. The game days and times will be announced Monday evening – it'lll either run Friday to Sunday or Saturday to Monday. The Super Regional competition is a best-of-three series and the winner will advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. For more information, check the Diamond Heels Forum here and keep your web browser pointed to InsideCarolina.com for in depth coverage of the Super Regional.


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