Now that the Tar Heel basketball season has ended, its time to rummage around in your closet for the old UNC baseball cap and head out to Boshamer to watch the Diamond Heels play! UNC is 15-8 so far this season, including a 12-5 record at home and a 3-3 record in the ACC. Here is a recap of the Diamond Heel’s season so far to get you caught up on all the action.
Who is playing well?
The Tar Heel bats have had a hard time waking up the bats this spring, as only one full time Carolina starter is hitting over .300 for the season. Freshman Wood Myers, a product of nearby Jordan High School in Durham, is off to a great start to the season. Myers is hitting .309 on the season, has a .362 on base percentage and a .372 slugging percentage. Other Tar Heel standouts are SS Michael Russell and Parks Jordan, who are both hitting above .260.
Off the bench, Todd Zengel has also been very good. His batting average of .409 is highest on the team. Expect Zengel to get more at-bats in the coming games.
On the pitching side, Trent Thorton is living up to and exceeding expectation for the Tar Heels. He is 5-0 with a 1.93 ERA in 42 innings. Reilly Hovis has been good out of the bullpen, pitching a team high 20 innings out of the pen while sporting a 4-1 record and 1.35 ERA. Closer Chris McCue has also been lights out this season, with seven saves in seven appearances.
Who is struggling?
The Tar Heel off to the slowest start this season is outfielder Skye Bolt. Bolt is hitting just .194 in 22 games this season and only has three extra-base hits and 10 RBIs. UNC was hoping for more production in the middle of the lineup for Bolt, but he is probably just feeling the pressure of hitting in the middle of the lineup without the protection of Colin Moran in front of him. I expect Bolt to bounce back in the second half of the season.
Pitcher Zac Gallen has also struggled out of the gate, posting a 2-2 record and a 4.29 ERA in 35.2 innings so far this season. The Diamond Heels need Gallen and Bolt to be better in the second half of this season to bolster both the lineup and the back end of the weekend starting rotation.
Who do we play next?
UNC plays against Winthrop at 4:00 PM at home on Wednesday, then will prepare for a weekend series against Duke from March 28th to 30th. Those games against the Blue Devils will be in Durham.
The next three weekend ACC series that UNC will play after Duke are at Boston College, home against Wake Forest and away at Virginia. The highly anticipated UNC NC State baseball game is also coming up soon on the schedule, as the two talented teams will play Tuesday, April 15th in the Durham Bulls Ballpark in front of a standing room only crowd.
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