The biggest series of the season is upon us as Georgia Tech heads to Chapel Hill for a 3-game series. This is big because UNC is not an ACC bottom feeder like Wake or Maryland. The Tarheels currently sit at 16-6 on the season and 2-4 in the ACC. They are unranked in the latest Baseball America poll but are ranked as high as 17th in other polls. Tech currently sits atop the Coastal Division in a three-way tie with Virginia and Miami and is ranked in the top-5 in multiple polls.
North Carolina's pitching staff will attempt to hold Tech's offense to a minimum as the Jackets have already hit 40 home runs in 18 games. The Tarheels' pitching staff averages just under 9 strikeouts per game and a 3.65 ERA. We will of course try to start the series off right with Deck McGuire on Friday, our 2010 National Pitcher of the Year candidate, who boasts a 1.15 ERA, a consistent mid-90s fastball and an overall vibe of complete awesomeness. He averages a strikeout an inning and is looking for more K's against the 'Heels.
This weekend will be a battle of North Carolina's pitching vs. Georgia Tech's bats. It will be a grand series and the weekend will tell us what to really expect from our team this year. Go Jackets!