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Dalatri Pitches UNC to Win Over Michigan, Tar Heels Still Standing in NCAA Baseball Tournament

Following a shocking upset loss to Davidson on Friday, the second-ranked UNC baseball team entered Saturday’s showdown with Michigan one loss away from having a fantastic season washed down the drain. Fortunately, for the Tar Heels–they have Gianluca Dalatri and the Wolverines didn’t. The freshman right-hander allowed just a single run over seven innings, as UNC cruised past Michigan for an 8-1 victory at Boshamer Stadium. Dalatri’s only mishap came in the top of the second inning when the Wolverines (42-17) took a 1-0 lead on a solo home run from Drew Lugbauer. From there, the New Jersey native...

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Davidson Stuns No. 2 UNC Baseball in NCAA Tournament Opener

In perhaps the most shocking upset of the NCAA Baseball Tournament so far, the Davidson Wildcats knocked off the No. 2 overall seed UNC Tar Heels by a score of 8-4 on Friday–inside the friendly confines of Boshamer Stadium. Given the fourth seed in the Chapel Hill Regional–not to mention making the first tournament appearance in school history–the Wildcats (33-24) weren’t expected to make very much noise in the event. That changed rather quickly, however, when Davidson opened up an 8-0 lead over UNC (47-13) and its First Team All-American starting pitcher JB Bukauskas. Bukauskas suffered his first loss...

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Women’s Lacrosse: UNC Midfielder Marie McCool Nominated for Honda Award

UNC women’s lacrosse star Marie McCool was one of four finalists selected on Thursday, for the annual Honda Sport Award. Presented annually by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards group for the last 41 years, the honor is given to the top women athletes across 12 different sports. The winner of each Sport Award is then named a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the 2017 Honda Cup. McCool earned ACC Midfielder of the Year honors after a stellar junior season where she scored 50 goals and dished out 19 assists. She is also one of just two...

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JB Bukauskas, Logan Warmoth Named First Team All-Americans

Collegiate Baseball released its NCAA Division I All-American teams on Thursday, with a trio of Tar Heels making the cut. Starting pitcher JB Bukauskas and shortstop Logan Warmoth–each projected to go in the first round of the upcoming MLB Draft–were both selected as members of the 17-player First Team All-American roster. The ACC Pitcher of the Year this season, Bukauskas has posted a 9-0 record with a 2.02 ERA and 111 strikeouts heading into UNC’s NCAA Tournament run. Warmoth, meanwhile, has spearheaded a powerful Tar Heel offense by leading the team in batting average (.349), slugging percentage (.569), hits (89),...

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Sam Paul Named ITA National Coach of the Year

Still riding the high of the most successful season in program history, UNC men’s tennis head coach Sam Paul was recognized Wednesday by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association as the National Coach of the Year. In his 24th season at the helm in Chapel Hill, Paul helped lead the Tar Heels to a school-record 29 wins and their first ever appearances in both the Final Four and NCAA Championship Game. UNC also finished the season ranked No. 3, which is the team’s highest postseason ranking ever. Under Paul’s leadership this year, senior Ronnie Schneider was named the ITA Senior of...

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UNC Has Six Players Selected in Major League Lacrosse Draft

This past Sunday, six UNC men’s lacrosse players heard their names called during the annual Major League Lacrosse draft–which was held in Boston. ACC Defender of the Year, and First Team All-American selection, Austin Pifani was the first Tar Heel selected when the New York Lizards chose him in the second round with the 14th overall pick. The Denver Outlaws chose short-stick defensive midfielder Tate Jozokos in the fourth round (36th overall), while senior attacker Luke Goldstock went to the Boston Cannons shortly after–in the early stages of the fifth round (41st overall). Other Tar Heels drafted include: midfielder/face-off...

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Ben Griffin Finishes 11th at NCAA Men’s Golf Championship, Earns All-American Honors

Chapel Hill native–and UNC junior–Ben Griffin earned All-American honors for the second time in his young career on Monday, as he finished 11th overall at the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship. Griffin and ACC Champion Jimmy Stanger (Virginia) each posted the same score at Rich Harvest Farms, as they represented the league’s best performances over the weekend. The UNC standout shot 2-under par on the first day of the event, before closing it out with three straight even-par 72’s. His final round 72 was more than five shots better than the average score for the day. No Tar Heel has...

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Virginia’s Thai-Son Kwiatkowski Defeats UNC’s William Blumberg in NCAA Men’s Tennis Singles Final

Facing off against Virginia’s Thai-Son Kwiatkowski–a player he beat twice earlier in the season–UNC men’s tennis freshman William Blumberg was poised to take the program’s first ever NCAA Singles Championship on Monday. Kwiatkowski, however, avenged his earlier defeats by picking up a 6-4, 7-6 victory over Blumberg when it mattered most at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia. It was a result all too familiar to UNC fans, which saw Virginia take out the Tar Heels in the NCAA Team Championship Final just last week. For Blumberg, the loss in the final snapped what had been an...

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Diamond Heels Earn No. 2 Overall Seed for NCAA Tournament, Will Host Regional

After an uncharacteristic two-year NCAA Tournament drought, the UNC baseball team returned with a bang in 2017. The ACC Coastal Division champions earned the tournament’s No. 2 overall seed on Selection Monday after posting a record of 47-12 for the season. As one of the nation’s top 16 seeds, this means the Tar Heels will host their four-team regional at Boshamer Stadium. No conference has as many regional hosts as the ACC’s five–with No. 7 national seed Louisville, Clemson, Florida State and Wake Forest also staying home for their opening games. UNC is the top seed in the Chapel...

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Men’s Tennis: Blumberg Earns Spot in NCAA Singles Final, First in UNC History

UNC freshman William Blumberg became the first men’s tennis player in school history on Sunday to advance to an NCAA Singles Tournament Final–picking up a 6-2, 7-6 victory over Mississippi State’s Nuno Borges in the Semifinals. “It’s incredible,” Blumberg said after the match. “I honestly couldn’t have even dreamed of something like this. My game has just been clicking at the right time.” It was the 25th consecutive singles victory for the Greenwich, Connecticut native, who improved to 31-2 in his debut season. Fittingly enough, the Singles Tournament final will be a rematch between UNC and Virginia–the two groups...

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