Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Baseball.
Matt Harvey: A Day Off (in a Year Off)
During a stellar season pitching for the New York Mets last year, Matt Harvey, now 25, was the National League’s starter in the All-Star Game and rejuvenated the team’s frustrated fans. This season he is doing rehab in New York and in Port St. Lucie, Fla., after Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. When the team isn’t playing, he hangs out on Sundays in the East Village.
The insanely encouraging April of Dustin Ackley
Yesterday, I tried to convince you not to give up on the Mariners by pointing out that many of their perceived problems are not sustainable. Today, I'm going to take a different tack and observe something encouraging: Dustin Ackley looks amazing.
Turner's Take: A Night to Remember
The weather, the crowd, the postgame fireworks with fans wearing glow necklaces, the recognition of two great teams, and this win by this team at this time all made for a little Boshamer magic on Saturday. “It was one of those nights where if you couldn’t get into it, then you just don’t have a pulse. It was electric. It was awesome.” Benton Moss said.
Carolina Clinches Series With 6-4 Win Over VT
Alex Raburn had a career-high three hits and Parks Jordan drove in a pair of runs as North Carolina beat Virginia Tech 6-4 Saturday night at Boshamer Stadium. Benton Moss allowed four runs on five hits over 7.0 innings for his third win of the year, and Reilly Hovis got the final five outs of the game for his sixth save of the season.
Tar Heels Rally Past Virginia Tech, 3-2
Michael Russell had two hits and Adam Pate scored two runs as North Carolina rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat Virginia Tech 3-2 Friday evening at Boshamer Stadium. Carolina scored the tying and winning runs on a pair of RBI fielder's choices off the bat of Skye Bolt to make a winner out of Trevor Kelley, who went 2.1 scoreless innings in relief of Trent Thornton.
Lucas: Out Of The Spotlight
One of the best things about working with college sports is they renew every year. Each fall, a whole new batch of student-athletes moves in, and each fall, there are dozens of them who remind you how smart and how involved college students can be. Here are six stories about Carolina athletics you might not have read in the paper:
UNC Enters Crucial Stretch in Baseball
Any hope of playing in the ACC and NCAA Tournaments probably rides on the next three weeks. UNC is presently 47th in the RPI after losing to East Carolina (71st) on Tuesday then knocking off Liberty (17th) on Wednesday. Those two games essentially caused the Tar Heels to "yo-yo" in the standings.
Weekend Preview: April 25-27
Baseball: Three-game series vs. Virginia Tech (Friday at 7, Saturday at 6, Sunday at 1) Carolina needs wins this weekend to stay in the hunt for an NCAA Tournament berth, and the Hokies arrive at Boshamer Stadium on Friday evening having lost five consecutive games. UNC's remaining ACC series this season are at home against Florida State and at Miami.
Carolina Baseball Set To Host Virginia Tech
North Carolina continues its six-game homestand when the Tar Heels open a weekend series against Virginia Tech Friday at 7 p.m. at Boshamer Stadium. Carolina is 24-18 after beating No. 30 Liberty 3-1 on Wednesday, while Virginia Tech is 18-22-1 and in the midst of a five-game losing streak that includes a home sweep against Duke last weekend. All three games will be streamed live on ESPN3.
Kyle Seager breaks out in dramatic fashion
Kyle Seager spit out a sunflower seed, flipped his bat and watched the baseball — and the eight-game losing streak — fly into the right-field stands. He didn’t admire it for long because that’s not Seager’s style. But he did enjoy the moment and what it symbolized just enough before chugging around the bases. And when he got within 10 feet of home plate, he submitted to an all-out celebration.
UNC's Bullpen Locked In
On a night when head coach Mike Fox needed a standout performance to secure a much-needed victory against a RPI Top-25 opponent, it was his bullpen that delivered. Spencer Trayner, along with Trevor Kelley and the dominant Reilly Hovis, combined to toss six innings of shutout baseball as the trio fanned six Liberty hitters, while giving up just three hits in total.
Duel At The DBAP Will Not Be Rescheduled
After being postponed due to heavy rain on April 15, the Duel at the DBAP between UNC and NC State has been canceled. The cancellation comes after both schools, in conjunction with the Durham Bulls, could not find a workable makeup date. Tickets for the Duel at the DBAP can be exchanged for any 2014 regular season Durham Bulls game or USA Baseball game at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Hovis Shuts The Door
One of the major storylines that came out of last year's UNC baseball team was the emergence of right-handed pitcher Trent Thornton as a weapon out of the bullpen. And following a shoulder injury to reliever Chris McCue early in the 2014 season, who the next stopper out of the bullpen would be was a major question. Enter sophomore Reilly Hovis, who took over as the team's closer without missing a beat.
Carolina Tops No. 30 Liberty, 3-1
Adrian Chacon had two hits and an RBI, and four Tar Heel pitchers allowed just one run on four hits as North Carolina beat No. 30 Liberty 3-1 Wednesday night at Boshamer Stadium. Spencer Trayner tossed three scoreless innings of relief for his third win of the year while Reilly Hovis got the final six outs for his fourth save of the season.
UNC pitcher Trent Thornton a mound of intensity
Intense might not be a strong enough adjective to describe North Carolina pitcher Trent Thornton when he's on the mound for the Heels. “If you don’t have emotion and excitement behind what you do then you’re usually not as successful at it and you don’t look like you’re having as much fun either,” said North Carolina head baseball coach Mike Fox.