June 22, 2011; Omaha, NE, USA; North Carolina Tarheels head coach Mike Fox (30) watches his team against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the 2011 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Vanderbilt won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

UNC Baseball: Ending the Season and Preparing for the Conference Tourney

Despite losing four out of the final six conference games, the Diamond Heels secured their first ACC Regular Season Championship since 1990 and will be the top seed at the conference tournament this weekend.

The Heels finished the regular season with a non-conference match up against Florida State (strange, I know). The Heels will play Miami at 3PM on Thursday, May 23, Clemson at 7PM on Friday, and NC State at 7PM on Saturday. If the Heels finish the top of their grouping, they will play for the conference championship at 1PM on Sunday.

Carolina is in a comfortable place in that their performance this weekend shouldn’t drastically affect their place in the NCAA tournament. UNC is in a solid spot to get a national seed, and this weekend might be a good opportunity to rest up injuries and prepare for the bigger tournament.

Jun 5, 2011; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina third baseman Colin Moran (18) during the the Chapel Hill regional of the 2011 NCAA baseball tournament at Boshamer Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The other big news out of the end of the season is the release of the All-ACC teams. Pitcher Kent Emmanuel was named pitcher of the year, and third baseman Colin Moran, who led the nation with 83 RBI, was ACC Player of the Year.

Joining these two on first team All-ACC is senior first baseman Cody Stubbs. Two Tar Heel freshmen made the second team: Skye Bolt and Trent Thorton. The five Carolina selections put the team second to only Virginia, who had six players selected.

Carolina earned the regular season honors and the regular season crown, but the Heels likely aren’t satisfied with where they are. Having a good regular season is one thing, becoming a champion is something else entirely. Come tournament time, the good and the bad of the season gets left behind.

With the way Carolina finished the season, that might be just what they need.

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