Avery Trendel

Undefeated Tar Heels Rise to No. 8 in D1Baseball.com Top 25

As the wins continue to pile up for the UNC baseball team here in the earliest portion of the season, so too does its reputation. The Tar Heels moved up one spot to No. 8 in this week’s D1baseball.com Top 25, becoming the highest-ranked team in the country that still has not suffered a loss. Each of the top seven teams in this week’s poll–TCU, Florida, Florida State, LSU, South Carolina, NC State and Oregon State–saw themselves come up short on the scoreboard at least once last week. Florida State and NC State continue to represent the only ACC...

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ESPN’s College Gameday Will Return to Dean Dome for UNC-Duke

Prior to UNC’s big win at the Smith Center over then No. 14 Virginia in mid-February, the crowd had been getting ready all day long–thanks in large part to the presence of ESPN’s hit show¬†College Gameday. Well, the crew that includes host Rece Davis and analysts Jay Bilas, Jay Williams and Seth Greenberg will be back in Chapel Hill this weekend–preparing all of America for the season’s second showdown between the Tar Heels and the rival Duke Blue Devils. The show–which airs at 11 a.m., and has another 8 p.m. edition leading into tip-off–is ending its season at the...

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Lights Out Pitching Carries UNC Baseball to 7-0 Start, Dalatri Shines in Sunday Win Over Radford

Entering its series finale against Radford, the ninth-ranked UNC baseball team had won its first six games of 2017 thanks to some timely hitting backing up a shutdown pitching staff. Freshman right-hander Luca Dalatri did his part to help that reputation on Sunday at Boshamer Stadium, striking out 15 Radford batters over eight strong innings in UNC’s 7-5 victory–clinching yet another series sweep for head coach Mike Fox’s squad. The Tar Heels are now off to a 7-0 start, largely thanks to the strength of the arms working for new pitching coach Robert Woodard. Before the season started, Fox...

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Datres Drives in Four Runs, Leads UNC to Series-Clinching Win vs. Radford

The 2017 college baseball season is still in its infant stages, but there’s no doubt it couldn’t have started much better for head coach Mike Fox and the ninth-ranked Tar Heels. A day after Brian Miller’s clutch eighth-inning home run against Radford gave UNC its fifth straight win to open the year, sophomore third baseman Kyle Datres went 3-for-4 with four RBI to lead the team to a 9-3 series-clinching win over the Highlanders at Boshamer Stadium. Junior starting pitcher Jason Morgan gave up a two-run shot to Radford’s Jonathan Gonzalez in the top of the first inning, but...

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UNC Men’s Lacrosse Suffers First Loss of Season vs. No. 5 Johns Hopkins

As the third-ranked UNC men’s lacrosse team opened its 2017 season with three consecutive wins by a margin of nearly eight goals per game, head coach Joe Breschi’s Tar Heels looked like a well-oiled machine dead set on repeating as national champions. Their first big test of the season came on Saturday against No. 5 Johns Hopkins in front of a great crowd at Fetzer Field. The Blue Jays were none too interested in a coronation, however, taking the lead just over a minute into the game–before pulling away for a 13-5 blowout victory that snapped a seven-game UNC...

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UNC Whacks Pitt, Inches Closer to Outright ACC Regular Season Title

The eighth-ranked UNC men’s basketball team came one step closer to repeating as ACC regular season champions on Saturday, going on the road and defeating the Pitt Panthers 85-67. Holding a two-game lead in the conference standings with two games to play, a single win guarantees an outright league title for head coach Roy Williams and company. Junior wing Justin Jackson scored at least 20 points for the 16th time this season, as he led all Tar Heel scorers with 23 on the day–including five makes from three-point range. His biggest help came from point guard Joel Berry–who added...

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Miller’s Two-Run Homer Lifts No. 9 UNC Baseball Past Radford in Series Opener

The ninth-ranked UNC baseball team improved to 5-0 this season after junior centerfielder Brian Miller’s two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning gave the Tar Heels a 2-0 series-opening win over the Radford Highlanders on Friday at Boshamer Stadium. It was the first home run of 2017 for Miller, the Raleigh native who earned Second Team All-American honors in the preseason. UNC’s other preseason All-American selection–junior right-hander JB Bukauskas–did his fair share of work against Radford (1-4) on Friday as well. A lack of offense kept Bukauskas from officially earning the win, but he threw seven shutout...

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UNC Football Spring Game Set for April 8

College football has been gone for nearly two full months now, but the return of what has essentially become a year-round sport is right around the corner. UNC announced Thursday that it will begin spring practice on Feb. 28, leading up to its annual spring football game at Kenan Stadium on April 8. In total, the Tar Heels are scheduled to practice 13 times before taking the field for the spring game. During that time, there will be plenty of storylines that begin to take shape–both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. The most important thing...

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Mitch Trubisky to Appear on Jon Gruden’s QB Camp

Back for its eighth season on ESPN, Jon Gruden’s “QB Camp” series will have a Tar Heel in the room for the first time this year. UNC quarterback Mitch Trubisky will join a group of seven top NFL Draft prospects at the position–including Clemson’s Deshaun Watson–who will each sit down one-on-one with the former Super Bowl-winning head coach. In an effort to showcase the nation’s top college quarterbacks, Gruden invites the players to ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando. He then spends time grilling them with questions, both on the field and in the film room. The...

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UNC Handles No. 7 Louisville in Top 10 Showdown at the Dean Dome, Now Two Games Clear Atop ACC Standings

In a physical battle between the top two teams in the ACC–both in the standings and the AP Top 25–the eighth-ranked Tar Heels defeated the No. 7 Louisville Cardinals 74-63 at the Smith Center on Wednesday night. Junior forward Justin Jackson led the scoring charge with 21 points for UNC (24-5, 12-3 ACC)–including a huge three-pointer that stretched the lead to 15 points with just under five minutes remaining–as the bulk of the team’s scoring came from just four players. Joel Berry and Kennedy Meeks added 15 and 14 points to the winning effort, respectively while Theo Pinson contributed...

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