After losing five out of its last six games — including three games by only one run — the North Carolina baseball team will look to get back on track against Campbell on Tuesday.
Over the course of the team's recent skid, the Tar Heels' main issue has been inconsistent pitching. In its recent series against Georgia Tech, North Carolina’s pitchers gave up a total of 31 runs. The third and final game of the series saw the Tar Heels surrender not one, but two grand slams in the second and ninth innings that sealed the win for the Yellow Jackets.
UNC has shown its talent on the mound earlier in the season, but the past few games indicate that Tar Heel pitchers must get back to early-season form if they want to get back into the win column.
One positive of the team's recent play has been their batting.
Over the course of the Georgia Tech series, the Tar Heels scored a combined 30 runs. Redshirt junior outfielder Angel Zarate stood out in the first game of the series, picking up two RBIs and scoring three runs.
Sophomore infielder Mac Horvath was also impressive at the plate, collecting six hits and tallying four RBIs over the weekend.
Despite the hot hitting for the Tar Heels, they must now face a fiery Campbell team that has been nearly unstoppable in recent weeks.
The Fighting Camels come into Tuesday’s matchup against the Tar Heels riding a 12-game winning streak. Campbell's batting has hummed continuously over the course of the 12-game heater. They notched double-digit runs in nine of these games, one of which was a 36-4 beatdown over Presbyterian in late March.
Campbell has been led offensively by Zach Neto and Drake Pierson, who have both put up impressive numbers at the plate. Neto paces the team with a .361 batting average and 1.158 OPS, while Pierson narrowly follows him with respective marks of .347 and 1.123.