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This Week In ‘Canes Baseball: March 23 Editon

The Hurricanes have a big series this weekend.

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Heading into a big weekend series the Hurricanes sit at 10-11 (3-3 ACC) and look to prove that their season is back on track.

Midweek Game: Hurricanes 7, Florida Atlantic Owls 5

The Hurricanes got a big win over FAU Wednesday night, securing a 7-5 victory off of two homeruns and a strong performance by freshman starter Greg Veliz.

Worringly the bullpen struggled again, allowing two homeruns. Going into a tough series against North Carolina this weekend, the Hurricanes will need their bullpen to perform much closer to the outings they had at the beginning of the season.

Here is the recap:

Weekend Series - @ #10 North Carolina Tar Heels

This is one of the toughest series the Hurricanes will have all year. UNC was the preseason favorite to win the ACC Coastal.

UNC has already won series against #14 Virgina and Georgia Tech, and also beat a very strong East Carolina team in their midweek game.

If the Hurricanes really want to prove that they have turned a corner, a series win this weekend on the road would go a long way towards doing so.

However, that will be difficult. The Miami pitching staff, most notably the relief staff. Has struggled severely in their last few games. Kevin Pimentel has arguably been the only consistent reliever, and even he has had his share of struggles. Getting Albert Maury Jr, Andrew Cabezas, and Frankie Bartow their confidence back has got to be a priority for J.T Arteaga and Jim Morris, as the way this series swings could depend on the relievers.

On the other side of things the Hurricanes have had much more luck at the plate. Since entering the lineup Brandon Gali has been consistently making good contact with the ball, and he has proven to become a key piece offensively for this Miami squad in the last week. Carl Chester has also proven why he was heralded as possibly the most talented player on this squad, after putting together an outstanding streak of getting on base together, Chester’s batting average has also jumped to .293.

This team has now been successful at the plate and on the mound this season, just at different times. The amount of success this team has depends on when it puts all the pieces together. With the amount of inconsistency it is difficult to say how the ‘Canes will fair against UNC, who has proven to be a much more consistent team. If the Hurricanes put it together the rest of the college baseball world should look out, but if the inconsistency continues, the Hurricanes will have to look out below.

Prediction: Jim Morris and the ‘'Canes get it done and win the series 2-1, falling just short of a sweep on Sunday.

Series Information:

Game 1:

Friday, March 24, 4:00 P.M Eastern

Hurricanes Starter: Jesse Lepore (1-2, 3.60 ERA)

Radio: WVUM 90.5

Television: ACC Network Extra

Game 2:

Saturday, March 25, 4:00 P.M Eastern

Hurricanes Starter: Jeb Bargfeldt (1-1, 2.08 ERA)

Radio: WVUM 90.5

Television: ACC Network Extra

Game 3:

Sunday, March 26, 12:00 P.M Eastern

Hurricanes Starter: Michael Mediavilla (2-3, 5.40 ERA)

Radio: WVUM 90.5

Television: ACC Network Extra

How do you guys think this weekend will go? Tell us in the comments below!