NCAA Baseball Regional Preview: Chapel Hill

NCAA Regional Preview

North Carolina, Tennessee, Liberty, and UNC Wilmington will square off in the Chapel Hill Regional for a chance to advance to a Super Regional in the 2019 NCAA Baseball Tournament. Look inside for a preview and prediction of this regional.

General Information

Team Regional Seed 2019 Record Conference Location Prev. NCAA Bids RPI
North Carolina 1 42-17 ACC Chapel Hill, NC 32 12
Tennessee 2 38-19 SEC Knoxville, TN 10 14
Liberty 3 42-19 ASUN Lynchburg, VA 6 40
UNC Wilmington 4 32-29 CAA Wilmington, NC 10 147

Chapel Hill Regional Schedule

All Times ET

Boshamer Stadium – Chapel Hill,NC

Friday May 31
Game 1: (4) UNC Wilmington vs. (1) North Carolina, 2 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2: (3) Liberty vs. (2) Tennessee, 7 p.m., ESPN3
Saturday, June 1
Game 3, 11 a.m.
Game 4, 4 p.m.
Sunday, June 2
Game 5, noon
Game 6, 6 p.m.
Monday, June 3
Game 7, if necessary

Team Statistical Comparison

Hitting

BA OB% R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB CS SB
North Carolina 0.272 0.395 428 541 123 11 68 392 363 11 41
Tennessee 0.265 0.372 359 495 107 10 50 313 286 13 102
Liberty 0.271 0.382 361 548 96 6 34 333 320 12 56
UNC Wilmington 0.262 0.357 334 541 108 24 34 294 267 30 103

Pitching & Fielding

ERA K OBA H R ER BB 2B 3B HR F%
North Carolina 4.25 519 0.250 512 301 251 228 100 6 37 0.967
Tennessee 3.61 513 0.236 441 224 202 170 71 7 54 0.981
Liberty 3.45 540 0.233 461 224 207 217 99 9 40 0.976
UNC Wilmington 4.17 543 0.228 465 309 252 242 72 14 30 0.963

Statistical Leaders

North Carolina Batting Leaders

Name AVG OBP SLG OPS R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB
Aaron Sabato 0.338 0.446 0.662 1.108 38 70 23 1 14 56 33 49 0
Danny Serretti 0.301 0.369 0.442 0.811 30 62 18 1 3 43 22 38 3
Michael Busch 0.294 0.447 0.569 1.016 72 64 13 1 15 55 56 36 4
Ike Freeman 0.290 0.429 0.433 0.862 39 61 8 2 6 45 44 28 2
Ashton McGee 0.268 0.417 0.421 0.838 43 51 12 1 5 35 47 45 7
Brandon Martorano 0.259 0.363 0.416 0.779 36 51 10 0 7 39 26 59 2
Dylan Harris 0.256 0.398 0.411 0.809 58 56 14 1 6 25 52 40 5

North Carolina Pitching Leaders

Name W L ERA SHO SV IP H R ER BB SO OBA
Tyler Baum 7 3 3.76 0 0 81.1 82 38 34 24 88 0.259
Austin Bergner 5 1 5.48 0 0 70.2 83 50 43 24 64 0.288

Tennessee Batting Leaders

Name AVG OBP SLG OPS R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB
Al Soularie 0.363 0.468 0.626 1.094 49 66 13 1 11 45 33 38 7
Andre Lipcius 0.311 0.407 0.598 1.005 50 68 15 0 16 56 31 29 10
Jake Rucker 0.280 0.361 0.345 0.706 25 47 9 1 0 27 18 23 3
Ricky Martinez 0.278 0.351 0.385 0.736 33 57 17 1 1 26 16 42 10
Evan Russell 0.272 0.389 0.444 0.833 26 41 11 0 5 38 30 40 4
Justin Ammons 0.258 0.366 0.356 0.722 44 50 8 1 3 19 31 43 20
Jay Charleston 0.218 0.315 0.269 0.584 41 47 9 1 0 22 28 43 38

Tennessee Pitching Leaders

Name W L ERA SHO SV IP H R ER BB SO OBA
Garrett Stallings 8 4 3.24 2 0 97.1 100 40 35 16 103 0.261
Garrett Crochet 4 3 4.27 0 3 59.0 60 32 28 22 72 0.268
Zach Linginfelter 6 5 5.16 0 0 68.0 57 42 39 25 70 0.228

Liberty Batting Leaders

Name AVG OBP SLG OPS R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB
Jonathan Embry 0.311 0.455 0.536 0.991 55 69 16 2 10 42 57 30 8
Gray Betts 0.306 0.447 0.344 0.791 27 49 6 0 0 23 35 15 2
Will Wagner 0.304 0.385 0.452 0.837 42 70 14 1 6 42 30 49 9
Brandon Rohrer 0.301 0.421 0.345 0.766 40 62 7 1 0 28 39 28 3
Tyler Galazin 0.286 0.384 0.359 0.743 41 67 9 1 2 42 34 32 10
Cam Locklear 0.271 0.388 0.367 0.755 30 57 8 0 4 42 37 35 9
Logan Mathieu 0.265 0.377 0.417 0.794 41 59 13 0 7 51 36 55 1
Jaylen Guy 0.262 0.354 0.328 0.682 35 51 8 1 1 14 11 54 11

Liberty Pitching Leaders

Name W L ERA SHO SV IP H R ER BB SO OBA
Andrew McInvale 10 2 3.25 0 0 97.0 83 40 35 38 97 0.233
Garrett Price 7 3 3.29 0 3 63.0 42 25 23 23 68 0.194
Noah Skirrow 5 6 3.76 0 0 76.2 64 40 32 35 98 0.230
Joesph Adametz 7 2 3.79 0 0 73.2 77 39 31 27 54 0.280
Mason Meyer 5 4 4.52 0 1 73.2 75 38 37 32 59 0.266

UNC Wilmington Batting Leaders

Name AVG OBP SLG OPS R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB
Greg Jones 0.343 0.491 0.551 1.042 69 74 12 9 5 33 53 41 40
Cole Weiss 0.316 0.397 0.449 0.846 38 78 13 4 4 49 32 40 4
Kep Brown 0.280 0.351 0.462 0.813 35 66 15 2 8 53 23 59 4
Noah Bridges 0.259 0.320 0.377 0.697 31 57 11 3 3 43 16 60 16
Jackson Meadows 0.254 0.339 0.360 0.699 38 50 14 2 1 14 23 55 17
Brooks Baldwin 0.240 0.314 0.373 0.687 32 54 14 2 4 34 25 54 7

UNC Wilmington Pitching Leaders

Name W L ERA SHO SV IP H R ER BB SO OBA
Luke Gesell 5 5 3.17 0 0 91.0 72 43 32 24 72 0.220
Landen Roupp 6 2 3.50 0 2 74.2 67 36 29 29 85 0.233

Chapel Hill Regional Prediction

This regional could be called the “Appalachian Mountain” Regional. Tennessee will open against Liberty, a team they defeated 7-1 in Knoxville much earlier in the season. UT laid an egg in the SEC Tournament. The extra rest may bode well for the Vols in the NCAA. It’ll probably end up a battle between Tennessee’s stellar pitching/fielding and UNC’s power hitting. You can’t sleep on Liberty though.

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