No. 2 North Carolina got four hits apiece from sophomore All-Americas Dustin Ackley and Tim Fedroff and scored the most postseason runs in school history in a 16-8 win over Mount St. Mary’s Friday in the NCAA Cary Regional at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. The top-seeded Tar Heels (47-12) will face No. 2 seed UNC Wilmington in a winner’s bracket game at 5 p.m. Saturday, while the Mountaineers (21-33) will meet Elon in an elimination game at 1 p.m.
Fedroff, who also matched a career high with six RBI, was 4-for-4 with two of the Tar Heels’ school-record nine doubles. Ackley was 4-for-5 and scored four runs, as UNC registered five players with multi-hit games.
Rob Wooten (6-2) earned the win with 1 1/3 innings in relief for Carolina, who used seven pitchers on the night. Max Brittenham (4-6) took the loss after allowing eight runs in two innings for Mount St. Mary’s.
NORTH CAROLINA POSTGAME NOTES
* The 16 runs by the Tar Heels Friday marked their most-ever in NCAA Tournament play. Carolina had posted its previous high of 15 runs on three occasions - 1948 vs. Georgia Tech, 1978 vs. East Tennessee State and 2006 vs. Maine.
* The Tar Heels logged the most doubles of the Mike Fox era and the most in recorded school history with nine Friday. UNC now has 157 doubles on the season to set a single-season school record. The previous mark was 153 established in 2002.
* Carolina also posted a season-high 11 extra-base hits on nine doubles, a home run and a triple.
* Dustin Ackley went 4-for-5 with three RBI for his eighth career four-hit game. He also matched a career-high with four runs scored and now has 73 runs on the season to move into a tie for sixth on the Tar Heels’ single-season and surpass his total of last season.
* Tim Fedroff went 4-for-4 with six RBI to match career highs. He registered his third career four-hit game and his second career six-RBI contest. He now has 14 RBI in 14 career NCAA Tournament games and extended his career-high RBI total to 65 for the season.
* Both Ackley and Fedroff now have 97 hits on the season to rank eighth on the Tar Heels’ single-season list.
* In his first career NCAA appearance, Ryan Graepel recorded his first career three-hit game, which included two doubles. He also scored a career-best three runs.
* Freshman right-hander Matt Harvey made his postseason debut Friday against Mount St. Mary’s and allowed one run on one hit with three strikeouts over three innings. Harvey has allowed just three hits and has 16 strikeouts over his last 11 innings.
* Seth Williams hit his 32nd career home run and second in NCAA play in the fourth inning. Williams now has 13 career RBI in the postseason.
* Making just his second start of the season at designated hitter, Garrett Gore went 2-for-5 to give the Tar Heels five players with multi-hit games.
* Rob Wooten, who moved to 6-2 with the win, pitched in his 36th game of the season to move into a tie for sixth on the Tar Heels' single-season list. He also earned his fourth career win in NCAA play, which ranks third in school history.