Stubbs named AAC Player of the Week — again!Former Tuscola star goes 12-for-24 with 12 RBI is six games for top-ranked Tar Heels
GREENSBORO — North Carolina senior first baseman Cody Stubbs has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Player of the Week.
Stubbs went 12-for-24 (.500) at the plate and drove in 12 runs in pacing the top-ranked Tar Heels to a 5-1 week, including an ACC series sweep of Maryland. Stubbs capped off North Carolina’s three-game series with Clemson by going 6-for-8 with a run and three RBIs in last Monday’s doubleheader before scoring twice and driving in two more runs in a midweek win at UNC Wilmington.
The former Tuscola High School standout, extended his hitting streak to seven games during the sweep of the Terrapins as he tallied a hit in each contest and drove in seven runs in the series. Stubbs reached base 16 times during the week and raised his batting average to an ACC-leading .402. Stubbs currently also moved into the ACC lead in RBIs with 42 after driving in 12 this week.
The ACC Player of the Week honor is the second of the season for Stubbs, who was also cited on March 11.
Stubbs and North Carolina took the nation’s longest road winning streak on the road to Elon (no results were available at press time) Tuesday night before hosting the Liberty Flames tonight at Boshamer Stadium.
The Tar Heels will travel to Blacksburg, Virginia on Friday to begin an ACC three-game series with the Virginia Tech Hokies.
Carolina has won 11 straight road contests dating back to the 2012 season and is 4-0 so far in 2013 with the bulk its road schedule coming up.
The Tar Heels entered the game with the Elon Phoenix with the largest scoring margin in the country with a plus-6.4 scoring margin and is one of just two schools in the country with a plus-5.0 or better scoring margin, along with Virginia at plus-5.1 runs.
North Carolina is also first in the country with an 8.7 scoring average thanks to 271 runs in 31 games, 0.3 runs per game ahead of Campbell and Georgia State.
• The Tar Heel pitching staff has been just as good so far this spring with the fewest runs allowed per game at 2.4 (73 runs), percentage points ahead of second place Arkansas (2.4/77 runs in 32 games).
• Through the opening 31 games of play a year ago the Tar Heels had scored 197 runs (6.4 per game) and allowed 116 runs (3.7 per game) for a +2.7 scoring margin.
• The 2012 Tar Heels finished with a scoring margin of +2.5 runs per game (6.0-3.5).