UPDATE: Friday's first pitch is now set for 7:30.
CHAPEL HILL --- North Carolina continues its six-game homestand when the Tar Heels open a weekend series against Virginia Tech Friday at 7 p.m. at Boshamer Stadium. Carolina is 24-18 after beating No. 30 Liberty 3-1 on Wednesday, while Virginia Tech is 18-22-1 and in the midst of a five-game losing streak that includes a home sweep against Duke last weekend. All three games will be streamed live on ESPN3 and can be seen at WatchESPN.com or via the WatchESPN app.
AT A GLANCE
Records: North Carolina 24-18 (10-11 ACC), Virginia Tech 18-22-1 (7-14 ACC)
Rankings: Both teams are unranked.
Video: ESPN3. All three games are available on ESPN at WatchESPN.com.
Audio: GoHeels.com. All three games will be streamed live on GoHeels.com.
On The Web: GoHeels.com • Twitter: @DiamondHeels
|Carolina Probable Starters||Virginia Tech Probable Starters|
|Friday • 7 p.m.||RHP Trent Thornton (7-2, 1.75 ERA)||LHP Sean Keselica (3-2, 4.26 ERA)|
|Saturday • 6 p.m.||RHP Benton Moss (2-2, 3.61 ERA)||RHP Brad Markey (2-5, 2.84 ERA)|
|Sunday • 1 p.m.||RHP Zac Gallen (4-3, 4.83 ERA)||TBA|
CAROLINA-VIRGINIA TECH SERIES HISTORY
• North Carolina is 63-23-2 all-time against Virginia Tech, including a 24-1 record under head coach Mike Fox.
• Carolina has dominated the series since Virginia Tech joined the ACC in 2004-05. The Tar Heels are 23-1 against the Hokies since 2005 and have won all eight league series between the two schools.
• UNC has won 19 in a row against Virginia Tech, including last season's ACC title game in Durham. VT's last win in the series came in 2007. The Hokies took the middle game of a three-game home series 6-3.
• The Tar Heels swept a three-game set in Blacksburg last season, winning 21-8, 9-8 in 10 innings and 3-0. The two teams last met in Chapel Hill in 2012, another sweep for Carolina.
• Virginia Tech will have a familiar face in its dugout this weekend. Former Tar Heel standout Robert Woodard is in his first season as the Hokies' pitching coach after spending a year at UNC Wilmington. Woodard, who also spent two-plus seasons as a volunteer assistant at Carolina, is the winningest pitcher in program history with a career record of 34-5.
CAROLINA TO HONOR 1964, 1989 TEAMS THIS WEEKEND
• This year marks notable anniversaries for two of Carolina's greatest teams, the 1964 ACC champions and the 1989 squad that advanced to the College World Series.
• Fifty years ago, the 1964 Tar Heels acheived a feat that may never be matched. With a perfect 14-0 Atlantic Coast Conference record, Walter Rabb's club became the first and still only ACC team to finish undefeated in league play. Led by first-team All-ACC performers Bill Haywood, Jim Speight and Ken Willard, the '64 squad finished 24-7 and advanced to the NCAA District III regional tournament. Rabb was named ACC Coach of the Year, while Haywood was a second-team All-America selection after finishing 10-1 with a 1.13 ERA that still stands as the fourth-best single-season ERA in school history.
• Twenty-five years ago, All-ACC standouts Jesse Levis, Ron Maurer and John Thoden led Mike Roberts' 1989 squad to the College World Series, Carolina's fourth appearance on the sport's grandest stage and first since 1978. The Tar Heels won a thrilling NCAA South Regional with a 7-1 victory over Mississippi State in Starkville and finished 41-18-1, one win shy of the school record for victories. Thoden earned third-team All-America honors and finished 12-1 with a 2.42 ERA in 133.2 innings, still the most innings ever pitched in a single season at Carolina.