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On Ackley earning ACC Player of the Year honors:
"He's just a tremendous player. I think this league is so good that it's a great accomplishment. There's been some terrific players through this league, and Carolina's only had six in 100 and whatever [years] of baseball here, so it's a great accomplishment for him. To be Freshman of the Year and then Player of the Year says a lot about him. He just kept working and getting better."
Do you think we'll see bigger attendance numbers in Durham this year than we have in the past?
"I guess we'll find out. I sure hope so. With Duke being in it, I hope -- I think that's a great story. I really hope so. My first or second year here it was in Durham, so I don't remember a whole lot about that, to be honest with you, but I'm hoping. It should. I don't know why people wouldn't come out. There's not a whole lot else going on. Not everybody can be at the Hurricanes' game, can they?"
On how his team is playing going into the postseason:
"The last two games we've played well, so I'm just going to hang my hat on that. I think the last two games for us were very important. It was important for our team to score some runs on Friday, and it was important for Matt Harvey to get a good outing and for us to play good defense and get some timely hits and everybody contribute on Saturday. It turned out pretty well for us. We've just been finding a way to win and come back and get a big outing on the mound or a big hit when we needed to."
What clicked on Friday to jump start the offense?
"Thursday night, we had a good meeting. Now whether that had anything to do with it or not, I don't know, but I just thought long and hard and we came together and we just all kind of put it on the line. Which I have not had to do here in the last three or four years, like a 'Come to Jesus' meeting where it's time -- which fork in the road are we going to take? Are we just going to throw the towel in and tank the regular season and play ourselves out of some of our goals here? We've got two days to get it going. But again, talk is cheap. You still have to go out there and get it done."
How different has it been this year not having the big bats around you that you had your first two years at UNC?
"It really hasn't been that much different. The past two years we've had a bunch of guys to step up, and it's the same for this year. Mark Fleury's had a great year. He's got more RBI's than anybody on the team, but it's a different group of guys every year. It's a different adjustment, but there's really nobody that you have to carry. Everybody's going to pull their own weight."
Are you glad to have finally arrived at the postseason?
"It's definitely special. Getting out of school and not having to worry about the school part of it is definitely a good thing, and everybody knows that when it comes to the ACC Tournament, it's getting down to the [point] of where you win or you go home. There's kind of a sense of urgency for us and we know what we've got to do, I think everybody's ready for it."
What are your thoughts about heading into the postseason?
"We're ready. It's been a long season and we've had our ups and downs. I think we're playing well after the last two games in Boston, and I'm just looking forward to this weekend and having all of the teams in one place and play against the great competition that we have in the conference."
How does it feel to be playing this week in Durham instead of the originally scheduled location of Fenway Park in Boston?
"I'm glad to be back from Boston. It was only a four-day trip, but it seemed a lot longer. We had some troubles at the airport and stuff. I think we're all happy to be back and playing across the street in Durham."
More on entering the postseason:
"It's been a long season, and with the experience we have, we understand that starting tournament time is the time when you have to step up your game or you're going to be at home. There are a lot of teams that wish they were still playing right now."