UNC baseball hosting Clemson this weekend

Staff WriterMarch 6, 2009 

No. 2 North Carolina kicks off the ACC schedule with a home series.

North Carolina has scored an average of 7.9 runs per game and has a team batting average of .331 with 19 doubles, four triples, and seven homers. Four Heels are hitting .400 or better: Mark Fleury (.444 with four doubles, three homers, and 17 RBIs), Kyle Seager (.438), Dustin Ackley (.433), and Ben Bunting (.400).

The Heels’ pitching staff has a 2.22 ERA and 117 strikeouts in 81.0 innings.

Times: 3 p.m. today; 2 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. Sunday.

The scouting report on Clemson: The Tigers (5-2) are ranked as high as No. 19 and are hitting .248 as a team. The team has 18 stolen bases, Addison Johnson responsible for seven. Ben Paulsen has gone 12-for-22 in the last five games and is .464. He’s had three hits each in four of the last five games.

The Tigers’ staff has a 2.35 ERA and allowed 13 walks against 71 strikeouts for a 5.5-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

One thing you should know: Fifth-year shortstop Stan Widmann, who’d made only one appearance this season, is no longer with the Tigers. Coach Jack Leggett said Widmann left for personal reasons on Wednesday.

Widmann was a career .284 hitter with 30 doubles, five triples, eight homers, 90 RBIs, and 39 steals in 42 attempts in 194 games starting in 2005. He was the starting shortstop on Clemson's 2006 ACC Championship and College World Series team. He hit .307 in 67 games that season. Widmann missed most of the 2007 seaon with a neck injury.

Probable starters: Today — Clemson senior righty Trey Delk (1-0, 1.93 ERA) vs. North Carolina junior righthander Alex White (2-0, 3.18 ERA); Saturday — Clemson sophomore righty Graham Stoneburner (0-1, 6.00 ERA) vs. North Carolina senior righty Adam Warren (1-0, 1.59 ERA); Sunday — Clemson freshman lefty Chris Dwyer (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. North Carolina sophomore righthander Matt Harvey (3-0, 3.00 ERA).

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