Rainout gives UNC pitchers chance to rest

acarter@newsobserver.com CHAPEL HILL June 7, 2013 

From left, Joe BelBalso, NCAA Game Representative, John Brunner, Director of Event Management at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Robert Stewart, Event Management Staff, inspect the wet field at Boshamer Stadium at UNC-Chapel Hill on Friday June 7, 2013.

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— After using all three of its weekend starting pitchers during its 13-inning victory against Florida Atlantic earlier this week, North Carolina welcomed the opportunity for some rest before playing against South Carolina in a Super Regional.

Now the Tar Heels will have even more of it. The steady rains of Tropical Storm Andrea caused the postponement of the first game of UNC’s best-of-three series against the Gamecocks. The first game, which had been scheduled to begin on Friday at 1 p.m., will now begin on Saturday at 12:05 p.m.

The second game will be on Sunday at 1 p.m. If the teams are tied at one game apiece, they would play on Monday at an undetermined time.

“The NCAA and the participating institutions all agreed this was in the best interest of the student-athletes and fans,” J.D. Hamilton, the NCAA director of championships, said in a statement about moving the series back by a day.

The postponement means that Kent Emanuel, the junior UNC left-hander who was named the ACC Pitcher of the Year, will be able to start the first game of the series. Emanuel had been scheduled to pitch on Saturday regardless of whether it was the second game, as was originally scheduled, or the first.

Hobbs Johnson, the sophomore left-hander who was scheduled to pitch on Friday, will now instead start the game on Sunday. Benton Moss, the sophomore right-hander, would start on Monday if the third game is necessary.

The winner of the series will advance to College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

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