CHAPEL HILL --- No. 9 North Carolina plays its first games of 2017 away from Chapel Hill when the Tar Heels visit Georgia Tech Friday for the first of three at Russ Chandler Stadium. Carolina is 13-4 on the year after a 9-2 win over Maryland on Tuesday and 2-1 in league play thanks to a series win over Virginia last weekend. Georgia Tech beat Oklahoma on Tuesday to improve to 11-4 overall. The Yellow Jackets dropped two of three games to Miami in their opening ACC series last weekend in Coral Gables.
|UNC Probable Starters||Georgia Tech Probable Starters|
|Friday||RHP J.B. Bukauskas (2-0, 0.69 ERA)||RHP Xzavion Curry (3-1, 3.60 ERA)|
|Saturday||RHP Luca Dalatri (2-2, 2.76 ERA)||RHPJonathan Hughes (1-0, 3.38 ERA)|
|Sunday||RHP Jason Morgan (2-0, 3.20 ERA)||TBA|
AT A GLANCE
Records: North Carolina 13-4 (2-1 ACC), Georgia Tech 11-4 (1-2 ACC)
Rankings: North Carolina is ranked in all of the national polls, with a high of No. 9 in the USA Today coaches' poll. Georgia Tech is unranked.
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NORTH CAROLINA-GEORGIA TECH SERIES HISTORY
• North Carolina is 60-75 all-time against Georgia Tech, including a 22-36 record against the Yellow Jackets under Mike Fox.
• UNC and Georgia Tech first met in 1901 and have played every season since the Yellow Jackets joined the ACC in 1980.
• Georgia Tech took two of three last season in Chapel Hill and the Jackets have won six of the last seven series between the two programs.
• Carolina snapped a five-year series losing streak in 2015 in Atlanta. Korey Dunbar’s ninth-inning home run lifted UNC to a 5-3 win in the opener before the teams split a Saturday doubleheader.
• Prior to 2015, Carolina’s last series win against Georgia Tech came in 2009, when the Tar Heels took two of three in Atlanta. UNC also won back-to-back series in Chapel Hill in 2007 and 2008.
• Carolina ranks second in the ACC and sixth nationally in pitching with a staff ERA of 2.12.
• Redshirt freshman Josh Hiatt has five saves, tops in the ACC and fifth-most nationally.
• Junior shortstop Logan Warmoth has reached base in 32 consecutive games dating back to last season. He also has a team-high 10 stolen bases in 10 attempts, one shy of his career best 11 steals in 2015.
• Tyler Baum, Austin Bergner, Rodney Hutchison and Cole Aker combined for a one-hitter Tuesday vs. Maryland. It was the program’s first one-hitter since 2014.
• Mike Fox recorded his 800th win at Carolina on Feb. 19 against Kentucky. He is UNC’s all-time winningest coach and has over 1,300 total wins in his 34 year career.