April 4, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
Maryland (16-12, 4-8 ACC) at No. 1 North Carolina (26-2, 9-2 ACC)
Fri., April 5 (7 p.m.) | Sat., April 6 (6 p.m.) | Sun., April 7 (1 p.m.)
Probable Pitching Matchups
Game 1 (Friday), 7 p.m.: LHP Jimmy Reed (4-2, 1.81 ERA) vs. Jr. LHP Kent Emanuel (5-1, 1.16 ERA)
Game 2 (Saturday), 6 p.m.: RHP Brady Kirkpatrick (3-3, 3.07 ERA) vs.So. RHP Benton Moss (6-0, 1.73 ERA)
Game 3 (Sunday), 1 p.m.: TBD vs. Jr. LHP Hobbs Johnson (0-0, 3.46 ERA)
Scouting the Terps
-For the second weekend in a row, the Terps travel to Tobacco Road. This time, Maryland meets up with top-ranked North Carolina at Boshamer Stadium. The three-game series is set to begin Friday at 7 p.m. with Jimmy Reed taking on the Tar Heels' ace Kent Emanuel.
-Maryland has played 10 road games so far this season against stiff competition. The Terps have played weekend series against three teams currently ranked in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll: No. 2 LSU, No. 8 Virginia and No. 25 NC State. Maryland's other road contest came at James Madison.
-On the road, Matt Bosse and Blake Schmit have led the squad in hitting with a .333 average and .314 average, respectively. Schmit is slugging .486 away from home. LaMonte Wade has 11 of his 20 RBI as a visitor.
-Out of the bullpen, Brandon Casas has yet to surrender a run on the road in eight innings pitched in three appearances.
-After successfully stealing eight bases on nine attempts at NC State last weekend, Maryland continues to be one of the most aggressive teams in the country on the bases. The Terps lead the ACC with 72 steals and entered the week ranked seventh nationally.
-Charlie White leads the ACC in steals (27) and ranks third nationally. White is averaging .96 steals per game and has swiped eight bags in 12 ACC games, which ties with Georgia Tech's Kyle Wren for the most in the conference.
-As difficult as the Terrapins have been to contain on the bases, they have been equally as strong at throwing out potential base stealers. The Terps have allowed 26 stolen bases on 46 attempts.
-Jack Cleary has thrown out 10 of 18 runners attempting to steal after throwing out 16 of 31 last season.
-The Terps have 63 doubles, which ranks third in the conference and is 10th nationally (as of 4/1). The Terps are averaging 2.25 per game. Through 28 games last season, Maryland had 50 doubles.
-In 28 games, Maryland has scored five runs or more 18 times including four games with 10-plus runs.
-The Terrapins have out hit their opponents in 17 of their 28 games this season and are 11-6 in those contests.
-Maryland is 13-1 this season when leading after six innings. The record improves to 15-1 when taking a lead into the eighth and is a perfect 15-0 when taking the it the ninth.
Scouting the Tar Heels
-North Carolina had their nine-game winning streak snapped Monday in the series finale against Clemson marking only its second loss of the season. The Tar Heels only other loss this season came in the series opener against Miami (3/15). UNC got back on track Wednesday with a 10-0 victory over UNC Wilmington.
-The Tar Heels rank highly in several offensive categories. UNC is second in the conference and sixth nationally in hitting (.320), while tied for the league lead in OBP (.424), the second-best mark nationally entering the week. The squad leads the nation in scoring averaging 8.5 runs per game. On the mound, the Tar Heels sport the conference's best ERA (1.74), which is second only to Arkansas (1.68) nationally. Opponents are hitting .190 against the staff.
-The Tar Heels have seven hitters batting over .300 led by Cody Stubbs (.406), who is tied with Colin Moran for the team lead in RBI (36). Landon Lassiter and Skye Bolt rank in the top-10 nationally in OBP, .544 and .519, repsectively.
-Two of the three projected Tar Heel starting pitchers rank in the top seven in the ACC in ERA. Emauel ranks fourth with a 1.16 ERA and is striking out 6.63 batters per nine, while Benton Moss sports a 1.73 ERA and is striking out 11.45 batters per nine.
Maryland has two midweek games next week. The Terps take on VCU at home on Tuesday, April 9 at 4 p.m., and travel to Fairfax to face George Mason at 3 p.m. the following afternoon. ACC play continues with a three-game set against Miami at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium on Friday, April 12.