North Carolina's weekend series against Seton Hall showed that the best pitch in baseball is strike one.
The Tar Heel hurlers enjoyed success when they got ahead of the Pirate hitters.
Just ask freshman Daniel Moore.
Moore (2-0), Saturday's starter and winner, got ahead in the count against 17 of 27 batters while tossing seven shutout innings in UNC's 3-0 win.
"First-pitch strikes - we talked about that to our staff (Saturday) about how important it is against good hitters," UNC coach Mike Fox said.
Friday, sophomore Scott Autrey fell behind several batters, and Seton Hall sent him to the showers after a four-inning stint.
"I couldn't get my breaking pitch over, and when you fall behind hitters, then it just makes it easier for them to hit," Autrey said.
Freshman Scott Manshack (1-0) walked the first batter of the game Sunday and fell behind Seton Hall's Kevin Leighton, who belted a 3-1 offering over the right field wall.
Although Autry and Manshack clearly did not have their best stuff, each limited the damage enough to keep their team in the ball games.