April 25, 2013
No. 6 NC State puts the nation's longest winning streak on the line Friday night at 6:30, as No. 1 North Carolina visits Doak Field at Dail Park.
For the first time in 281 meetings, both teams are ranked in the top 10. During the 2012 regular season, the 11th-ranked Pack traveled to Chapel Hill to take on the fourth-ranked Tar Heels.
The last time these two teams met, the scene was the 2012 ACC Tournament in Greensboro, where 10,229 spectators packed the stadium to set a record for the most-attended college baseball game in the history of North Carolina.
Though the venue is smaller this time around, NC State officials are expecting record crowds for all three games this weekend. Tickets sold out for the series on Monday morning. Student tickets are limited to the first 795 through the gates.
The Wolfpack (33-10, 14-7 ACC) carries a 15-game winning streak into the series, its longest since a 16-gamer in 2003. State is going for its fifth-consecutive ACC series win. The last time the Pack won five ACC series in a row was 2008. The Wolfpack's current streak of 10-straight conference wins is the longest since 13 consecutive in 1997.
North Carolina (40-3, 18-2) had a 14-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday night against UNC Wilmington.
Games one and two will be streamed live on ESPN3.com, with game three being carried by ESPNU. Radio coverage for the weekend will be provided by 88.1 WKNC. Fans can also follow along with live stats on GoPack.com, or on Twitter via @NCStateBaseball.
|Friday, 6:30 p.m.
||Ryan Wilkins, RHP (5-1, 3.16 ERA) vs. Kent Emanuel, LHP (8-1, 1.82)
|Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
||Carlos Rodon, LHP (4-2, 4.48) vs. Benton Moss, RHP (7-0, 2.81)
|Sunday, 7 p.m.
||Brad Stone, LHP (2-1, 6.23) vs. Hobbs Johnson, LHP (2-0, 2.45)