Avery Trendel

UNC Baseball Swept by Miami; Loses 7-4 in Game 3

For the first time during the 2016 college baseball season the No. 7 UNC baseball team found itself on the wrong end of a series sweep–as the Tar Heels were defeated 7-4 on Sunday by the No. 4 Miami Hurricanes. Sophomore Brian Miller–who started in left field for UNC–went 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs and a pair of doubles at Mark Light Field in Miami. One of those doubles drove in a pair of runs and put the Tar Heels ahead 3-0 in the top of the second inning. The Hurricanes simply held strong and waited for the Tar Heels...

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UNC On Brink of a National Title After 83-66 Win Over Syracuse

Entering this college basketball season, the 2016 Tar Heels found themselves atop the national rankings carrying massive expectations–despite never having reached the game’s biggest stage. After the top-seeded Tar Heels’ knocked off Syracuse 83-66 in the National Semifinals on Saturday night in Houston, the team head coach Roy Williams said is his favorite of all-time is now one game from fulfilling all of its preseason promise. Ever since the start of March, after the Tar Heels beat Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium to clinch the ACC regular season crown, UNC has been on a death march of sorts. First...

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Miami Slugs Past UNC in Top-10 Series Opener

If UNC needed a reminder of what it takes to truly be among the nation’s elite baseball teams, it most certainly got one Friday night–as the No. 7 Tar Heels fell 10-4 to the No. 4 Miami Hurricanes at Mark Light Field in South Florida. A participant in last year’s College World Series, the Hurricanes (21-4, 8-2 ACC) and their experienced lineup forced UNC ace Zac Gallen into his toughest start of the year–pounding out 15 hits in the game. Gallen (3-2) was finally pulled after giving up four runs and six hits in the fifth inning, allowing Miami...

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Final Four Pits Roy Williams Against His Friends

When UNC takes the floor in Houston on Saturday for its Final Four matchup with Syracuse, head coach Roy Williams will do his best to avoid looking at the opposing sideline—where his good friend Jim Boeheim will be coaching against him. Why will he be doing that? Because this is just the latest in a series of emotional battles Williams has had matching up with those he’s closest to. “I think it’s always difficult to play a friend,” Williams said at his press conference on Tuesday. “I’ve adopted something I sorta like—I try to never look at the other...

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Final Four Bound! UNC’s Win Over Notre Dame Provides Much-Needed Relief

After his team’s 88-74 victory in Philadelphia over No. 6 seed Notre Dame in the East Regional Final on Sunday night—it’s safe to say that UNC head coach Roy Williams might finally be able to get some sleep. His top-seeded Tar Heels are headed to the Final Four for the first time since 2009. The last four years have been a long–often draining–journey for Williams and his team, as they’ve dealt with issues both on and off the court. Despite not having won a championship of any kind entering the year, this group of Tar Heels—led by seniors Brice Johnson...

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Georgia Tech Shuts Out Tar Heels In Series Finale

After following up Thursday’s loss to Georgia Tech with a dominating 8-0 victory on Friday, the No. 4 Tar Heels had the tables turned on them Saturday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium–falling 6-0 to the Yellow Jackets in the series’ rubber match. UNC (19-4, 6-3 ACC) was able to muster up just four hits all day against Georgia Tech’s combination of Zac Ryan and Burton Dulaney on the mound. The series loss is the Tar Heels’ first of the season, as half of their losses in 2016 came this weekend. Ryan (1-0) tossed six solid innings for the Yellow Jackets...

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Vintage Paige Lifts UNC Past Indiana, Into Elite Eight

Marcus Paige had a certain, hyper-focused look in his eye on Friday night in the Tar Heels’ Sweet 16 game against Indiana—the look of a senior determined to keep his college career alive. He went on to then score 21 points–with a season-high six three-pointers–while dishing out six assists as top-seeded UNC demolished the fourth-seeded Hoosiers 101-86 in Philadelphia–advancing to face Notre Dame in the Elite Eight on Sunday. The story heading into the night was that Indiana (27-8), which won the Big Ten regular season title while shooting over 40 percent from three-point range as a team, was...

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Opportunistic Yellow Jackets Knock Off No. 4 UNC Baseball

Thursday at the first annual Bark at the Bosh night—where fans at Boshamer Stadium were allowed to bring their dogs to watch some baseball—the No. 4 Tar Heels couldn’t quite find their own bark in a 3-2 loss to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the series opener. UNC—now 18-3 this year, with a 5-2 record in the ACC–gave its ace, junior starting pitcher Zac Gallen, an early 1-0 lead, but struggled to produce after that. In most of Gallen’s other starts this season, that lead may have been enough. The ACC’s strikeout leader, Gallen threw 92 pitches over...

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Spring Practice: Run Defense a Priority for UNC Football

Just over a year ago, UNC head football coach Larry Fedora—seeking a fix for a defense ranked among the worst in the country—went bold and hired defensive coordinator Gene Chizik, who masterminded the nation’s most improved unit in his first season on the job. Now in Year Two of the Chizik Era, the Tar Heels–amidst changing expectations–have an amplified focus on stopping the run during spring practice. Chizik and head coach Larry Fedora are turning from the bigger picture toward the finer details after winning 11 games and the ACC Coastal Division in 2015. Ranked 120th nationally in scoring defense...

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Diamond Heels Complete Dominating Sweep of Duke

No folks, it’s not illegal what the No. 6 UNC baseball team did to the Duke Blue Devils in Durham this weekend. It just wasn’t very nice. After beating Duke 11-2 on Friday and 12-2 on Saturday, the Tar Heels took Sunday’s series finale at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park by a score of 8-2–demolishing their hated rivals for their fifth straight win. UNC scored three runs in the first inning–capped by a two-run triple from shortstop Logan Warmoth–as it cruised to yet another victory, improving to 17-2 this season (5-1 ACC). Duke falls to 10-10 and 1-5 in...

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