Tar Heels Continue Homestand Against Stony Brook
• No. 1 North Carolina will host Stony Brook this weekend as the Tar Heels continue their seven-game homestand to open the season.
• The Tar Heels are coming off a 3-0 weekend with a pair of wins over Seton Hall and a 7-1 win over Coastal Carolina on Monday.
• Stony Brook enters the weekend 0-3 after getting swept at FIU last weekend. The Seawolves are coming off the school’s first College World Series appearance in 2012.
North Carolina-Stony Brook Series History
• Friday’s meeting will be the seventh between the two clubs and the third weekend series in Chapel Hill.
• Carolina holds a 6-0 advantage in the series.
• The last time the clubs met was the third series of the 2011 season when Carolina took all three from Stony Brook - 5-1, 18-4 and 11-6.
• The teams also played early in the 2007 season when Carolina held the Seawolves to five runs in the weekend series.
Early Season Success
• Carolina has racked up the wins early in the season throughout the years and especially under head coach Mike Fox.
• Since Fox took over prior to the 1999 season the Tar Heels are 100-14 before March 1.
• The Tar Heels have been even better at home during the stretch posting a .918 winning percentage (78-7) at home before March 1 since 1999.
Bolt Off To Hot Start
• Freshman outfielder Skye Bolt entered Carolina as one of the top prospects in the country and the Woodstock, Ga., native has lived up to the reputation through the opening week.
• Bolt is leading the Tar Heels with the bat so far with a .667/.833/.714 slash line through the first three games. Bolt also leads the ACC in batting average and on base percentage.
• Carolina is one of a few schools in the country that returns its entire weekend rotation that closed out the 2012 season.
• The Tar Heel trio of junior Kent Emanuel (8-4), sophomore Benton Moss (7-2) and junior Hobbs Johnson (7-1) combined for 22 wins a year ago.
• The 22 returning wins are tied for the second most returning in the country with Louisville. Florida State returns 25 but sophomore Mike Compton is set to miss the 2013 season due to injury after winning 12 games in 2012.
Most Starting Rotation Wins Returning in 2013
1. Florida State 25
T2. North Carolina 22
T2. Louisville 22
T4. Cal State Bakersfield 20
T4. Georgia Tech 20
T4. Saint Louis 20
(courtesy of Saint Louis University)
Johnson To Miss Start
• One of the returning rotation members will miss his scheduled start this week as a precaution.
• Junior left-hander Hobbs Johnson left his start Monday after four and a third innings of work due to forearm tightness.
• Johnson had been battling occasional tightness in the preseason but is expected to miss only one or two starts as a result.
Munnelly Gets The Call
• Senior right-hander Chris Munnelly will be called upon to make the spot start for the Tar Heels on Sunday.
• The start will be the 33rd of Munnelly’s career after starting eight games a freshman, 14 as a sophomore and 10 a year ago.
• The Winston-Salem, N.C., native made an appearance out of the bullpen on Monday and delivered a 1-2-3 inning with a punch out.
Emanuel Continues Dominance
• Junior left-hander Kent Emanuel did something no other Tar Heel had ever done last Friday when he became the first pitcher in UNC history to throw a shutout in the season opener.
• Emanuel held Seton Hall in check all night long as he surrendered just four singles and struck out five batters over his nine innings of work.
• The Pirates managed just one runner past second base in the contest as Emanuel recorded his second career shutout.
• The shutout was the first thrown by a Carolina pitcher since Emanuel closed the door on Texas in the 2011 College World Series.
• Emanuel lowered his career ERA to 2.06, the sixth-lowest mark in school history.
• The Woodstock, Ga., native needs six strikeouts to reach the 200 mark for his career.
Stony Brook Starter
LHP Kent Emanuel
RHP Brandon McNitt
(Jr., 1-0, 0.00 ERA)
(Jr., 0-0, 7.20 ERA)
RHP Benton Moss
RHP Frankie Vanderka
(So., 1-0, 1.80 ERA)
(Jr., 0-0, 0.00 ERA)
RHP Chris Munnelly
LHP Daniel Zamora
(Sr., 0-0, 0.00 ERA)
(Fr., 0-1, 1.50 ERA)