Previewing Maryland

North Carolina (32-11, 13-7 ACC) plays host to Maryland (20-21, 6-15 ACC) this weekend in the final home series of the regular season for the Tar Heels. Check out the key details to know about UNC's opponent for this three-game matchup ...

Game Schedule
April 24 - 7 p.m.
April 25 - 6 p.m.
April 26 - 1 p.m.

* All three games will be broadcast on the radio by the Tar Heel Sports Network. Saturday and Sunday's games will be televised online by ACC Select.

* Maryland comes into Chapel Hill with a 20-21 record overall and is 6-15 in the ACC, meaning they will not qualify for the ACC Tournament. The Terps won their series with NC State and Duke - providing four of their ACC wins this season. Maryland comes into this series having won four of its last five games (two vs. Duke, plus La Salle and No. 27 George Mason) and are on a three-game winning streak.

* Maryland rarely wins low-scoring games. The Terps are 17-2 when scoring more than six runs - and 3-19 when scoring less than six runs.

* UNC coach Mike Fox is 25-7 in his career against Maryland (10-2 at home). The last time the Tar Heels lost a home series to the Terrapins was during the 1996 season.

* Maryland's team ERA in conference games is 7.21, allowing opposing batters to hit .316 with 28 home runs.

* The three Maryland starters UNC will face this weekend are Scott Swinson (RHP, Jr., 3-5, 5.20), Matt Fullerton (LHP, Fr., 5-3, 5.77) and Brett Harman (RHP So., 3-4, 6.36). Swinson held Duke to one run over 8.2 innings pitched in his last outing, only allowing five hits. The ace of the Terrapin staff, he features a powerful fastball, changeup and has been working on a breaking ball. He recorded a no-hitter last season against Delaware. Fullerton is coming off of Tommy John surgery and has command of his fastball, change up and curveball. He has started nine games so far this season - the longest outing of his career is 5.1 innings. Harman is sixth in the ACC this season with 58 strikeouts. He has appeared in 16 games, with eight starts and a career-long appearance of 7 innings.

* Maryland's closer is Dan Gentzler, who walked on to the team last season after starring on the Maryland club baseball team. The sidearmer has been a bright spot for the Terps, with a 3.45 ERA in 20 appearances this season.

* Only three members of Maryland's projected starting lineup are hitting over .300 - A.J. Casario at .335, Mike Murphy at .324 and David Poutier at .317. Casario, a junior outfielder, holds the team lead in the following categories: runs (37), total bases (88), hits (52) and on base percentage (.422). Murphy, a senior third baseman, provides the power and run support, leading the team in home runs (9), runs batted in (35), slugging (.600) and doubles (13).

* Opposing teams have run wild against Maryland, successfully stealing bases at a .808 clip with 21 thefts. Maryland has only picked off three base runners this season.

* The Terrapins have been steady defensively, fielding at a .972 percentage while averaging just over a half an error per game. Senior third baseman Mike Murphy has contributed 9 of the 21 Terp errors this season.

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