Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Baseball.
Carolina Clinches Baseball Series Against Liberty, Wins 6-5
No. 13 North Carolina clinched the series against Liberty with a 6-5 win Saturday in Chapel Hill. Michael Busch went 2 for 4 with a two-run home run and drove home the game-winning run in the seventh inning while Brett Daniels picked up his first win of the season. The Tar Heel bullpen once again did its job as it didn't give up a hit after the fourth inning of play.
No. 13 North Carolina baseball downs Liberty, 17-2
The Carolina offense came alive on Friday with a season high in hits and runs in a 17-2 defeat of Liberty. 10 different Tar Heels recorded hits on the evening while the pitching staff didn't allow a hit after the fifth inning. Tyler Baum turned in yet another solid start going six innings and allowing two runs on three hits while striking out seven for his second win of the year.
No. 13 Diamond Heels Host Series Against Liberty
No. 13 North Carolina will host their first home series of the 2018 baseball season this weekend as they take on the Liberty Flames at Boshamer Stadium. The series will kick off Friday at 3 p.m. and conclude with games Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. All games will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra. The Tar Heels hold a 17-2 series advantage.
No. 13 Diamond Heels take down High Point 10-0
No. 13 North Carolina captured its first home win of the season after defeating High Point 10-0. Six Tar Heel pitchers held High Point to two hits while Kip Brandenburg, Michael Busch and Cody Roberts combined for eight of the 10 Carolina RBI. Carolina improves to 4-5 on the season and will host its first three-game series at home this weekend against Liberty.
UNC Baseball Faces High Point On Tuesday
For the first time since 1962, the UNC baseball team has started 0-3 at home, with its most recent loss being a 12-0 defeat against ECU on Sunday. "It's one game out of a lot," coach Mike Fox said. "It seemed like more than one game. You just have to look at it like that and move on." The Tar Heels will look to do that Tuesday, when they host High Point at 3 p.m.
This Week with Mike Fox: No Panic
UNC baseball coach Mike Fox: "We have a good group of kids. Our chemistry is good. Our clubhouse is good. Our leadership is good. We are just not playing well. That is part of the game. That is part of baseball. It is a hard game. You never know how seasons start. We probably have been a little spoiled as we generally historically get out of the gate pretty well."
UNC Drops 14 Spots to No. 20 in D1Baseball Top 25
Coming off a week that included one win and four losses–including three defeats at Boshamer Stadium–the UNC baseball team slipped 14 spots to No. 20 in this week’s D1Baseball.com Top 25. Head coach Mike Fox’s Tar Heels (3-5) dropped a pair of mid-week games to UNC-Wilmington and St. John’s before losing two out of three games against ECU.
UNC Women's Fencing Surprises, Olympic Sports Notes
For the first time in North Carolina women's fencing program history, the Tar Heels claimed the ACC title, beating Duke for the first since 2015 and then defeating the Blue Devils and Notre Dame, the defending NCAA champion, in a fence-off. Timmy Kelly scored a career-high four goals to lead the Carolina men's lacrosse team to a 13-11 victory at Johns Hopkins.
Seager brothers face each other for first time in the majors
It may have been a spring-training game, but it was still a special moment for the Seager brothers. Corey and Kyle Seager faced each other Sunday for the first time in their big-league careers. Corey Seager was the Los Angeles Dodgers’ designated hitter, and Kyle played third base for the Seattle Mariners in a Cactus League game. Kyle’s Mariners won, 2-0.
Stats and storylines from UNC baseball's rough start
1962. 56 years. This is how long it has been since North Carolina baseball lost its first three home games of a season. Until now. After dropping a 12-0 final to East Carolina on Sunday, the Tar Heels sit at 3-5 on the season and 0-3 at home. While it's easy to find some issues early on, let's go over some interesting stats and intriguing storylines on the team:
Pirates hope third baseman Colin Moran lives up to draft pedigree
Colin Moran was considered one of the best players in college baseball in 2013 while starring at North Carolina. “We loved him going into the draft that year,” Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. “He was a player we had a lot of interest in.” The Pirates finally got their man when they acquired Moran and three other players from the Houston Astros.
UNC Baseball Falls To ECU 12-0
After splitting back-to-back one run games Friday and Saturday, North Carolina lost the finale of the three-game series with ECU, 12-0. Rodney Hutchison picked up the loss on the mound for UNC, his first of the season, after going 3.2 innings and giving up three runs. Carolina will take the field again Tuesday against High Point at 3 p.m. at Boshamer Stadium.
The Astros might not have traded Colin Moran if he had his full opportunity last season
Colin Moran was supposed to be up for a month. Alex Bregman would play some shortstop for the Houston Astros and third base would have an opening. His chance lasted two games. He fouled a ball off his face and did not return until late September. “Had he been given that opportunity, I think he would have hit .300,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said.
Diamond Heels win thriller against ECU, 5-4
The Tar Heels won a thriller at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Saturday as they took down ECU, 5-4. After taking an early 3-0 lead the Tar Heels gave up a four-run seventh inning to the Pirates before scoring the final two runs of the game to secure the win. Carolina will face ECU tomorrow for the third and decisive game of the series at Boshamer Stadium at 1 p.m.
Colin Moran could be the soft-spoken viking lookalike the Pirates need
With his 6-foot-4 frame and full red beard, Colin Moran looks like a viking. When he speaks, though, you have to lean in to hear the soft-spoken third baseman. If all goes according to plan for the Pirates, Moran will follow Theodore Roosevelt’s directive: to speak softly and carry a big stick. Moran, 25, was the centerpiece of the Gerrit Cole trade with the Houston Astros.