Series Preview: UNC vs. Coastal Carolina

North Carolina and Coastal Carolina face off in this weekend's NCAA Super Regional in Cary, with a trip to the College World Series on the line.

Game Schedule
Saturday - Noon - ESPNU
Sunday - 1 p.m. - ESPN
Monday (if necessary) - 12:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. - ESPN or ESPN2

Media Coverage
All of the games will be televised on the ESPN family of networks. The broadcasters for the series are Dave Cohen and Keith Moreland. The Tar Heel Sports Network will be broadcasting the game on 1360AM WCHL (Chapel Hill), 850AM (Raleigh) and 1150AM (Burlington). The game will also be broadcast on 93.9 FM (Conway, S.C.).

Pitching Matchups

UNC RHP sophomore Alex White (9-3) 2.66 ERA, 95 K, .215 B/Avg.
CCU RHP junior Bobby Gagg (6-2) 3.33 ERA, 53 K, .269 B/Avg.

UNC RHP junior Adam Warren (8-1) 4.42 ERA, 65 K, .280 B/Avg.
CCU (to be announced)

UNC RHP freshman Matt Harvey (7-2) 2.52 ERA, 74 K, .210 B/Avg.
CCU (to be announced)

Possible Coastal Carolina Starting Pitchers
RHP sophomore Nick McCully (10-2) 3.09 ERA, 72 K, .233 B/Avg.
LHP freshman Cody Wheeler (6-0) 5.21 ERA, 65 K, .255 B/Avg.
RHP junior David Anderson (6-2) 4.47 ERA, 19 K, .297 B/Avg.

Coastal Carolina Pitching Notes

Junior Bobby Gagg was named to the 2008 All Big South first team. He features a fastball in the low 90s, a curveball and a changeup. He recently pitched against Alabama in the Conway regional and went four innings while giving up five earned runs on six hits, and striking out four batters. He has posted a 6-2 record this season with a 3.33 ERA.

Sophomore Nick McCully was named to the Conway All-Regional Team with his eight inning performance against Columbia, in which he allowed one earned run on two hits and struck out five batters. He uses an 11-to-5 curveball and changeup to set up his low 90s fastball. He was a 2008 All Big South Second Team honoree. Last season he was the closer for the Chanticleers.

Freshman Cody Wheeler from Spotsylvania Va. features a 1-to-7 curveball, a slider, changeup and fastball in the high 80s. He set a record at his high school with 112 strikeouts, while opponents only batted .123 off of him. He has started eleven games this season – with a 6-0 record - and appeared out of the bullpen eight times. He earned a win this season in relief against North Carolina State.

Junior David Anderson was recently named the MVP of the Conway Regional. He starts at first base when not on the mound, and earned a win in relief against East Carolina last week. Anderson has a no-hitter on his record from the Coastal Plains League in 2006 with the Columbia Blowfish. He has started six games on the mound this season and features a high 80s fastball, curve and changeup.

Coastal Carolina Offense Overview

The Chanticleers are equally adept at the speed and power game. They batted .326 on the season as a team and have hit 96 home runs while stealing 105 bases. They have scored 295 runs on the season and average 4.75 runs a game. The top four batters in their lineup combined to go 26-for-56 (.464) in the Conway Regional (.464). Four of their batters have more than 10 home runs on the season -- first baseman David Anderson leads the squad with 20 round trippers, while junior center fielder David Sappelt has 18 on the season and junior catcher Dock Doyle has 16. Doyle made the second team Collegiate Baseball All-American squad this season, is a finalist for the Johnny Bench award and was announced as the Big South Player of the Year.

Freshman third baseman Scott Woodward leads the team with 45 stolen bases on the season while three other players are in double figures in stolen bases -- freshman second baseman Noel Rico is second on the team with 16 and sophomore outfielder/first baseman Adam Rice has 13.

Coastal Carolina Season Review

The Chanticleers (50-12, 17-3 Big South conference play) arrive in Cary to make their first ever appearance in the NCAA Super Regionals. Coastal has made it into regional competition in seven of the last eight seasons. CCU advanced to face the Tar Heels after winning all three of its games at home in the Conway Regional while wearing out the scoreboard operator by scoring 46 runs -- beating Columbia 11-2, Alabama 13-10 and East Carolina 24-11 at Charles Watson Stadium. The Chanticleers are currently ranked No. 12 in two major college baseball polls (Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball), while being ranked No. 15 by USA Today and No. 9 by the College Baseball Writers Association.

They won the regular season championship and tournament for the Big South Conference this year and went 9-4 against ACC teams in their non-conference slate, beating UNC earlier this in Cary on March 11 (11-4) and sweeping Virginia Tech and Maryland.

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