Avery Trendel

Georgia Tech Evens Series vs. UNC on 12th Inning Walk-Off Home Run

Baseballs continued to fly out of Russ Chandler Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday, but this time it was Georgia Tech that would get the last laugh against UNC. Junior first baseman Kel Johnson–a Second Team Preseason All-American–crushed a walk-off two-run homer off of Tar Heel reliever Rodney Hutchison in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Yellow Jackets a 4-2 victory, and even up the weekend series. Johnson’s blast was the third home run of the game for either team, which continued a trend started on Friday when the squads combined for five long balls in UNC’s...

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Bukauskas K’s 14 as UNC Holds On to Take Series Opener at Georgia Tech

Week after week, UNC junior right-hander JB Bukauskas is proving why MLB scouts feel he should be one of the first players chosen in this June’s draft. His latest trick was to strike out a career-high 14 hitters on Friday, as the Tar Heels hung on for a 6-5 victory over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in Atlanta. Closer Josh Hiatt pitched himself out of a tricky jam in the ninth inning, which allowed a monstrous solo home run from shortstop Logan Warmoth to provide the final difference for UNC (14-4, 3-1 ACC) in what was a back and...

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Chapel Hill High School’s Gina Kim Qualifies for LPGA Tournament

Only a junior at Chapel Hill High School, women’s golf prodigy Gina Kim is already starting to pile up a list of accolades worthy of a pro athlete. After finishing second in a 69-person qualifying tournament on Wednesday, Kim’s latest accomplishment will see her literally become a pro athlete. Her score of 72 (+1) earned her one of four exemptions into the LPGA’s Volunteers of America Texas Shootout, which will take place from April 24-30. Previously, Kim has won two state championships in North Carolina, the AGCA Rolex Junior Championship in 2016 and been a member of Team USA...

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Growth and Experience Motivating UNC Prior to NCAA Tournament Opener

When top-seeded UNC begins its NCAA Tournament run Friday against No. 16-seed Texas Southern, six of its top contributors from last year’s run to the championship game will be back out on the court again for a good portion of playing time. Although Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson won’t be walking through the door, the rest of this veteran Tar Heel squad will finally get a chance to show the nation what folks in Chapel Hill have spent all year paying attention to. While boasting many similarities to last year’s squad—mainly the names and faces—this group of Tar Heels...

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Diamond Heels Toss One-Hitter in 9-2 Win Over Maryland

The 11th-ranked UNC baseball team closed out its 17-game homestand to begin the season on Tuesday with a statement victory over an old-time ACC rival. Four Tar Heel pitchers combined to throw a one-hitter in a 9-2 win over the Maryland Terrapins at Boshamer Stadium. Freshman Tyler Baum started on the mound for head coach Mike Fox, lasting through five innings in total. Maryland (9-6) scored its only two runs of the game in the third inning after Baum issued a pair of walks, which were then followed by a two-run single–the Terrapins’ lone hit in the game–by second...

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Richmond Delivers UNC Men’s Lacrosse Second Loss in Three Days

With rain falling heavily over Navy Field in Chapel Hill on Monday night, the seventh-ranked UNC men’s lacrosse team saw its offense hit a major roadblock in a 6-5 loss to the No. 19 Richmond Spiders. The Tar Heels (4-3) matched a season-low in scoring, as they also suffered their second loss in a three-day span after losing at home to Hofstra over the weekend. Junior attacker Chris Cloutier scored two goals for UNC, with Michael Tagliaferri, Andy Matthews and Brian Cannon each adding one apiece to the Tar Heel effort. Of those goals, however, only Cannon’s was scored...

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UNC Ranked No. 6 in Final AP Men’s Basketball Top 25

The AP released its final men’s college basketball top 25 of the season on Monday, the day after NCAA Tournament brackets and seedings were released. UNC finished the season at No. 6 in the poll, despite earning one of four No. 1 seeds in the big dance. Defending national champion Villanova–the tournament’s top overall seed–checked in as the nation’s top-ranked team, with Gonzaga, Kansas, Arizona and Kentucky making up the rest of the top five. Each of those teams won its conference tournament this past week, something the Tar Heels failed to do after falling to Duke in the...

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Tar Heels Jump Two Spots to No. 11 in D1Baseball.com Top 25

The UNC baseball team successfully opened up its ACC season this past weekend by taking two out of three games at home against then No. 10 Virginia. After recording their first series victory over the Cavaliers since 2012–plus a mid-week win over VCU on Tuesday–the Tar Heels jumped from No. 13 to No. 11 in this week’s D1Baseball.com Top 25. Head coach Mike Fox and company are the ACC’s third-highest ranked team–with No. 1 Florida State and No. 4 Louisville leading a list that also includes No. 13 Clemson and No. 14 Virginia. The SEC has six schools among...

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UNC Earns No. 1 Seed in NCAA Tournament South Region

After two days spent waiting to learn their NCAA Tournament fate, the ACC regular season champion Tar Heels found out Sunday they will be the No. 1 seed in the South region. UNC (27-7, 15-5 ACC) is scheduled to take on 16th-seeded Texas Southern in the first round on Friday, with that game set to take place in Greenville, South Carolina instead of Greensboro after HB2 pushed the NCAA to move its postseason events outside the state of North Carolina. The Tar Heels earned a No. 1 seed for the second straight season, and will be looking to avenge...

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Tar Heel Women’s Lacrosse Crushes Virginia in ACC Opener

The second-ranked UNC women’s lacrosse team came out Saturday afternoon for its ACC opener against Virginia with a “take-no-prisoners” mentality–evidenced by the Tar Heels’ 21-11 beatdown of the Cavaliers at Fetzer Field. It was by far the highest-scoring performance of the young season for UNC (6-1, 1-0 ACC), which had previously reached 16 goals on three separate occasions so far in 2017. Senior attacker Molly Hendrick tied her career-high for the second straight week with six goals and an assist in the game, as she continues to lead the Tar Heels in scoring this year with 24 goals to...

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