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How UNC baseball stacks up against Stetson heading into the Super Regional round

North Carolina coach Mike Fox on Stetson: ‘Their pitching numbers, they’re scary’

The Tar Heels practiced on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at Boshamer Stadium in Chapel Hill, as they prepared for their NCAA Super Regional series against Stetson.
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The Tar Heels practiced on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at Boshamer Stadium in Chapel Hill, as they prepared for their NCAA Super Regional series against Stetson.

North Carolina's baseball team won its Regional for the first time in five years this past weekend, beating N.C. A&T and Houston, twice, along the way.

But it only gets tougher from here, as UNC (41-18) will face a Stetson (48-11) team that has the best overall earned run average (2.50) in the country. Stetson is riding an 18-game winning streak, which is also the best in the nation.

"They're pitching numbers, yeah, they're scary," UNC coach Mike Fox said Thursday. "Six hundred and seventy-something strikeouts as a staff? That's mind-boggling.

"We're going to have to match them on the mound for sure."

The Tar Heels are pretty good, too. As the No. 6 national seed in the NCAA Tournament, UNC will host No. 11 Stetson in a best-of-three game series at Boshamer Stadium starting Friday morning at 11.

UNC, which has won 16 straight games at Boshamer, led the ACC in runs per game during conference play with 7.26.

Tar Heels first baseman Michael Busch, who won most outstanding player in the Chapel Hill Regional last weekend, said the team is going to prepare for Stetson's pitchers like it would any other pitchers.

"We've faced some studs before and we've done just fine before," Busch said.

Players on both teams have never made it this far in the postseason. Here is how the two teams stack up against each other in the NCAA Super Regional.

Team ERA

UNC: 3.61 ERA

Stetson: 2.50 ERA

Team batting average

UNC: .284

Stetson: .255

Opponent's batting average

UNC: .238

Stetson: .202

Home runs

UNC: 53

Stetson: 28

Strikeouts (pitching)

UNC: 580

Stetson: 617

On base percentage

UNC: .393

Stetson: .346

Fielding percentage

UNC: .974

Stetson: .974

Friday's probable starters:

UNC: RHP Cooper Criswell (5-2, 2.89 ERA, 77 SO, 9 BB)

Stetson: RHP Logan Gilbert (11-1, 2.52 ERA, 157 SO, 23 BB)

Saturday's probable starters:

UNC: RHP Gianluca Dalatri (2-2, 2.35 ERA, 27 SO, 6 BB)

Stetson: RHP Jack Perkins (11-2, 2.34 ERA, 106 SO, 31 BB)

Stetson at UNC

When: 11 a.m. Friday

Where: Boshamer Stadium, Chapel Hill

TV: ESPN2

Alexander, 919-829-4822; @jonmalexander
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