The Winthrop baseball team will hit the road for the first time this season, as it takes on No. 14 North Carolina on Wednesday at 3 p.m.
The Eagles (3-3), who have won four of their last 20 against UNC, are looking to repeat their upset from last year over the highly ranked Tar Heels, when former Eagle Michael Patrick hit a three run home run to win the game 3-1.
Winthrop’s offense has been off to an impressive start this spring, scoring the most runs in its opening six games since 2011. USC-Sumter transfer Anthony Paulsen leads the team six RBI and two doubles and is tied for first in home runs (1), runs (5), and hits (8). Senior Josh Strong, the projected starter for Wednesday’s matchup, is 1-0 on the season with a 0.00 ERA.
The Tar Heels (4-2) are trying to bounce back after going 1-2 in their series over the weekend with seventh-ranked UCLA. North Carolina has scored 44 runs in its first six outings and allowed 36. Sophomores Adrian Chacon and Wood Myers lead the Tar Heel offense, combining for a batting average of .408, seven runs and twenty of Carolina’s 65 hits. Starting on the mound is sophomore right hander Zac Gallen. Gallen has two appearances this season, giving up one run on two hits and compiling an ERA of 3.00.