Avery Trendel

Oakland Athletics Agree to Sign No. 6 Overall Pick, UNC Commit Austin Beck

Just over a week after selecting him sixth overall in the MLB Draft, the Oakland Athletics announced Tuesday they have agreed to sign North Davidson High School outfielder Austin Beck. Beck–who previously committed to stay in-state and play college ball for head coach Mike Fox at UNC–will instead receive a signing bonus of more than $5.3 million from Oakland to begin his pro career right away. In 28 games as a senior at North Davidson this past season, Beck hit for an eye-popping .590 batting average with 12 home runs and 38 RBIs. The Associated Press also reported that...

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Cam Johnson Officially Signs UNC Scholarship Agreement

After weeks of controversy and speculation, Cam Johnson officially signed his UNC scholarship agreement on Friday–a move which allows the graduate transfer to attend the school and play basketball next season for head coach Roy Williams and the Tar Heels. A 6-foot-7 guard, Johnson previously played two seasons at the University of Pittsburgh after taking a medical redshirt due to a shoulder injury in his first season of collegiate eligibility. Last season at Pitt, Johnson averaged 11.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. He also tied his career-high with 24 points in an 80-78 loss to UNC...

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Cody Roberts, Zack Gahagan Picked on Day Three of MLB Draft

With Wednesday marking the conclusion of the three-day marathon that is the MLB Draft, two more Tar Heels heard their names called in the late rounds–giving UNC a total of five players drafted. Catcher Cody Roberts was selected in the 38th round by the Miami Marlins, while infielder Zack Gahagan was a 39th-round selection of the Cincinnati Reds. These choices came nearly two full days after teammates JB Bukauskas, Logan Warmoth and Brian Miller were each picked in the first round–meaning nearly 37 rounds went by without a single Tar Heel being drafted. It was the 12th time in...

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Golden Spikes Award Includes UNC’s JB Bukauskas Among Four Finalists

The four finalists for the Golden Spikes Award were announced by USA Baseball on Wednesday, with UNC junior right-hander JB Bukauskas becoming the seventh Tar Heel in school history to make the final cut. For the last 40 years, the award has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country–based on their ability, sportsmanship, character and overall contributions to the sport. Bukauskas was named a First Team All-American and the ACC Pitcher of the Year after posting an 8-0 record with 106 strikeouts during the regular season. His 1.87 ERA also ranked in the top five nationally. With...

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Logan Warmoth Named Wallace Award Winner as Nation’s Top College Shortstop

Just one day after being selected in the first round of the MLB Draft, UNC junior Logan Warmoth was named the winner of the Brooks Wallace Award–which is given annually to the nation’s top college shortstop. Warmoth–who was selected 22nd overall by the Toronto Blue Jays–helped lead the Tar Heels this season to their first ACC Coastal Division championship since 2013 and the No. 2 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. Six of his team-high 10 home runs came against ACC competition, while his .336 batting average, 49 RBIs and 18 stolen bases were among UNC’s leaders. The Orlando...

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UNC’s Gianluca Dalatri Named to USA Baseball Collegiate National Team

Coming off a fabulous debut season in Chapel Hill, it was announced last week that UNC freshman right-hander Gianluca Dalatri has earned himself a spot on the USA Baseball National Collegiate Team. Dalatri was named to the Freshman All-American team in 2017, after posting a 7-3 record with a 3.34 ERA at UNC this past year. He is also the third Tar Heel since 2013–along with JB Bukauskas and Skye Bolt–to gain a spot on the Collegiate National Team. The 6-foot-6-inch native of Wall Township, New Jersey will be with the National Team through July 1–as it faces off...

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Three Diamond Heels Selected in First Round of MLB Draft

A trio of UNC baseball players saw their lifelong dreams come true on Monday night, as they were each selected in the first round of the 2017 MLB Draft. JB Bukauskas–the hard-throwing righty who won this season’s ACC Pitcher of the Year award–was the first to hear his name called. The Houston Astros selected Bukauskas with the 15th overall selection, which means he’ll enter into a farm system that already includes fellow Tar Heel alumni Colin Moran, Trent Thornton and Kent Emanuel. Bukauskas ended his collegiate career fifth in UNC history with 294 strikeouts. Next off the board for...

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Pitt Graduate Transfer Cam Johnson Verbally Commits to UNC

The ongoing saga surrounding Pitt graduate transfer Cam Johnson–a 6-foot-7 guard who averaged nearly 12 points per game last season–has nearly reached its conclusion. Johnson announced Tuesday he will finish out his collegiate playing career at UNCĀ under head coach Roy Williams. Since the Tar Heels took home the national championship two months ago, rumors have suggested Johnson could head to UNC as a potential replacement for ACC Player of the Year Justin Jackson–who declared for the NBA Draft. The story gained traction nationally because Pittsburgh and head coach Kevin Stallings have prevented Johnson from making a move to another...

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Davidson Completes Second Straight Upset Over No. 2 UNC, Eliminates Tar Heels From NCAA Baseball Tournament

For over three months, the UNC baseball team racked up win after win like they were going out of style. The Tar Heels eventually rose to No. 2 in the national rankings, ended a two-year postseason drought and appeared poised to make a run to the College World Series. That is, until a plucky underdog showed up at Boshamer Stadium and threw a wrench into all those plans. After holding off the Tar Heels for a controversial 2-1 victory on Sunday night, the Davidson Wildcats–making their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance–also eliminated UNC with their second victory over the...

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UNC Baseball Sends Florida Gulf Coast Packing, Advances to Regional Final

Needing four straight wins to advance to the Super Regionals after an opening-game loss to Davidson, the second-ranked UNC baseball team is now halfway home. The Tar Heels cruised to a 10-1 victory over the Chapel Hill Regional’s No. 2 seed–the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles–in an elimination game at Boshamer Stadium early Sunday afternoon. Freshman right-hander Tyler Baum was fantastic on the mound for UNC–allowing just one run and three hits during his 5.1 inning stint. As a team, Florida Gulf Coast (43-19) recorded just four hits throughout the entirety of the game. UNC (48-13) was led offensively by...

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