Coming off of a loss against Coastal Carolina on Tuesday, the North Carolina baseball team (18-16, 12-12 ACC) will host Miami (21-11, 13-10 ACC) for a three-game series starting on Friday.
After winning a series against Duke, the Tar Heels fell to Pittsburgh, losing two out of the three games in the series. UNC will look to regain its momentum in the upcoming series versus Miami.
The Tar Heels bested the Hurricanes in their last matchup in 2019, winning two out of three games in the series. This weekend, they look to come out on top again and break Miami’s four-game winning streak.
UNC had a slow start in its series against Pittsburgh, scoring only four runs in the first two games. Despite scoring 10 runs in the final game of the series, the Tar Heels reverted back to their offensive struggles, putting up just three against Coastal Carolina.
North Carolina will need to get the bats rolling early if it wants to defeat Miami. The Hurricanes are coming off of a 3-0 series win against Clemson, in which they scored 22 runs in the first two games. If UNC wants to come out on top, it will need to string together consecutive hits rather than spread them across innings.
North Carolina will rely on sophomore outfielder Justice Thompson, who leads the team with a .326 batting average and 42 hits. Sophomore outfielder Caleb Roberts is also a force in the lineup, hitting .306 and leading the team with 27 RBIs.
The Hurricanes enter the series a spot ahead of the Tar Heels in the ACC Coastal Division standings.