With two victories in its last conference series against Miami, the North Carolina baseball team looks to climb in the ACC standings this weekend at No. 6 Notre Dame.
UNC holds a 14-13 conference record and sits in fifth place in the ACC Coastal Division. Notre Dame ranks second in the Atlantic Division with an 18-8 record in ACC play.
The last time these teams squared off was in March 2020, when the Fighting Irish swept the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill in what would be UNC’s last series before COVID-19 ended the season.
Here is what to watch in this weekend’s matchup.
When the Tar Heels travel to South Bend, they will be tasked with halting their struggles on the road, where they are only 5-9 this season. UNC has won just one conference series away from Boshamer Stadium thus far, when the team took two games at Boston College in March.
North Carolina enters the weekend in the midst of an inconsistent offensive stretch. After scoring 23 runs in a four-game span earlier this month, the Tar Heels have only scored one run in each of their last two contests, both of which resulted in losses.
When UNC’s bats are hot, most of the production continues to come from sophomore outfielder Justice Thompson. Thompson leads the team in batting average (.352), hits (51) and stolen bases (14) and has scored the team’s lone runs in its last two outings.
Another key offensive contributor is sophomore outfielder Caleb Roberts, who leads the Tar Heels with 28 RBIs. His 39 hits, a number which trails only Thompson's, have led to a .287 batting average.