Chapel Hill Regional Preview

Chapel Hill regional preview

May 31, 2012 

North Carolina Tar Heels

Regional seed: No. 1

Record: 44-14

Top hitters: CF Chaz Frank (.303, 43 runs, 37 RBIs), 3B Colin Moran (.362, 28 runs, 34 RBIs), C Jacob Stallings (4 HR, 38 RBIs)

Top pitchers: Kent Emanuel (8-4, 2.03 ERA), Hobbs Johnson (6-1, 1.37 ERA), Michael Morin (6-3, 0.83 ERA, 17 saves)

Number to know: 2.54. The Tar Heels’ ERA is the third-lowest in the nation and is on pace to be the fourth-lowest in school history – and the lowest since 1972.

Cornell Big Red

Regional seed: No. 4

Record: 31-15-1

Top hitters: OF Brian Billigen (.362, 5 HRs, 38 RBIs), OF Chris Cruz (.260, 12 HRs, 35 RBIs), 1B Frank Hager (.305, 3 HRs, 20 RBIs)

Top pitchers: Connor Kaufmann (7-2, 4.00 ERA), Brian McAfee (6-0, 3.19 ERA), Kellen Urbon (3-1, 0.51 ERA, 9 saves)

Number to know: 21. That’s how many more games Cornell won this season than last, when the Big Red finished 10-30.

East Carolina Pirates

Regional seed: No. 2

Record: 35-22-1

Top hitters: 3B Corey Thompson (.319, 4 HRs, 38 RBIs), INF John Wooten (.341, 8 HRs, 38 RBIs), C Zach Wright (.295, 5 HRs, 38 RBIs )

Top pitchers: Kevin Brandt (7-6, 1.85 ERA ), Jeff Hoffman (3-1, 3.37 ERA ), Drew Reynolds (3-0, 3.33 ERA)

Number to know: 12. The Pirates have won just a dozen games away from home this season, and are 12-15 in road and neutral-site games. Conversely, they were 23-7-1 at home.

St. John’s Red Storm

Regional seed: No. 3

Record: 37-21

Top hitters: LF Jeremy Baltz (.342, 7 HRs, 49 RBIs), 3B Sean O’Hare (.333, 3 HRs, 40 RBIs), SS Matt Wessinger (.348, 6 HRs, 45 RBIs)

Top pitchers: Matt Carasiti (6-5, 3.79 ERA), Sean Hagan (8-2, 2.58 ERA), Stephen Rivera (5-0, 1.84 ERA, 24 appearances)

Number to know: 34. Number of times, including this season, that St. John’s has reached the NCAA baseball tournament. That ranks eighth all-time. The Red Storm hasn’t reached the College World Series, though, since 1980.

Andrew Carter

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