North Carolina is ranked No. 11 in the Collegiate Baseball preseason poll, but several challenging matchups on the schedule will make maintaining that ranking no easy feat.
The Tar Heels won 27 of their 34 non-conference games last season, but that win percentage dropped dramatically once ACC play began, as UNC won just half of its conference games.
Despite a pedestrian performance against ACC opponents, the Tar Heels made an unforeseeable run in the conference tournament, culminating in a 9-5 victory against N.C. State in the championship game before falling to Arkansas in the super regional of the NCAA tournament.
Here’s a look at what's in store for the Tar Heels this season.
UNC will start the season with a five-game home stand at Boshamer Stadium, beginning with a weekend series against Seton Hall that starts on Feb. 18.
A late February series against No. 20 East Carolina headlines UNC’s non-conference schedule. Despite winning two of three games in last year’s matchup against ECU, the Pirates tested the Tar Heels in every game, especially on the road.
The Tar Heels' largest margin of victory against East Carolina was three runs, and they lost 5-0 on the road. With two of three games in this year’s matchups being in Greenville, the Tar Heels’ struggles in away games could present a problem against a mostly intact Pirates roster.
Other notable games on UNC’s non-conference schedule include four Tuesday matchups against Charlotte and Coastal Carolina. The Tar Heels will play one away game and one home game against both opponents.