CHAPEL HILL --- No. 3 North Carolina wraps up a short four-game homestand Tuesday when the Tar Heels host Liberty at 6 p.m. at Boshamer Stadium. Carolina is 29-7 after taking two of three from NC State over the weekend. Liberty is 20-14 on the season following three consecutive home losses to Winthrop.
|UNC Probable Starter||Liberty Probable Starter|
|Tuesday||RHP Tyler Baum (4-0, 2.67 ERA)||RHP Jackson Bertsch (1-3, 5.13 ERA)|
AT A GLANCE
Records: North Carolina 29-7, Liberty 20-14
Rankings: North Carolina is ranked in all of the national polls, with a high of No. 3. Liberty is unranked.
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NORTH CAROLINA-LIBERTY SERIES HISTORY
• North Carolina is 17-1 all-time against Liberty, including a 10-1 record under head coach Mike Fox.
• Carolina and Liberty did not play in 2016, but the Tar Heels took a pair of games in 2015. UNC won 6-4 in Lynchburg in a game that was added after a number of midweek games were lost due to weather. Carolina then took the return trip in Chapel Hill, 6-0.
• The Flames’ lone win in the series came in 2012, a 5-3 decision at Boshamer Stadium.
• Liberty is led by first-year head coach Scott Jackson. Jackson spent eight seasons as an assistant coach at Carolina, also serving as recruiting coordinator. UNC made three trips to the College World Series during Jackson’s tenure, and the 2013 squad won a school-record 59 games.
• Former Tar Heel pitcher and volunteer assistant coach Bryant Gaines is Liberty’s pitching coach. Gaines spent five seasons as a player at Carolina and was a part of four CWS teams (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011). After graduating, Gaines spent four seasons on the UNC coaching staff as a volunteer assistant, helpding lead the Tar Heels to another trip to Omaha in 2013.
• Carolina ranks second in the ACC and third nationally in pitching with a staff ERA of 2.54.
• With two wins against NC State over the weekend, UNC has won its first six ACC series for the first time the 2013 squad claimed seven straight series victories to open conference play.
• The Tar Heels established a new school record for runs in a three-game ACC series by scoring 48 times in the sweep at BC. The previous mark was 45 at Duke in 2002. The 20-5 win over South Carolina pushed the four-game total to 68 runs, the most over four games since 1987.
• UNC started ACC play with series wins over divisional foes Virginia, Georgia Tech and Miami. This marks the first time the Tar Heels have won series against those three in the same season since 2009.
• The Tar Heels swept Florida State for the second time in program history and the first time ever in Tallahassee.
• Redshirt freshman closer Josh Hiatt has 10 saves, third in the ACC and eighth-most nationally. Hiatt is already tied for eighth on the UNC single-season saves list.
• Junior J.B. Bukauskas ranks in the top 10 nationally in strikeouts (sixth, 81) and hits allowed per nine innings (eighth, 4.97). He was named to the D1Baseball and Rawlings/Perfect Game Midseason All-America first teams, earning Midseason Top Pitcher honors from D1Baseball.
• Freshman Gianluca Dalatri leads the ACC in innings pitched with 60.1 in nine starts, an average of almost seven innings per outing.
• Carolina allowed five runs or fewer in each of the first 23 games of the 2017 season. That was the longest such streak in 106 seasons. The Tar Heels went 25 straight without allowing more than five across the 1910 and 1911 campaigns.
• 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.