Avery Trendel

Lucky 13: Bukauskas Matches Gallen’s 13 K’s, Wins Series for UNC

On a night windy enough to cancel the postgame fireworks show at Boshamer Stadium, JB Bukauskas made sure fans wouldn’t go home empty-handed. The hard-throwing sophomore from Ashburn, Virginia struck out a career-high 13 hitters Saturday night in No. 13 UNC’s 4-1 win over the Virginia Tech Hokies. Bukauskas now has a 5-1 individual record and lifts the Tar Heels to 23-8 (8-6 ACC) in 2016. His performance comes on the heels of Zac Gallen’s complete game masterpiece on Friday–which also included 13 strikeouts. Unlike Gallen though, Bukauskas only had 7 1/3 innings to reach the mark as his...

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The Milkman Delivers: Gallen K’s 13, Shuts Out Virginia Tech

Each Friday night during this college baseball season UNC fans are treated to what’s known around Boshamer Stadium as “Gallentine’s Day”–the chance to see junior starting pitcher Zac Gallen work his magic. This particular Friday, Gallen–who has now officially embraced being called “The Milkman”–decided to take it up a notch. The Gibbsboro, New Jersey native delivered perhaps the best performance of his career against Virginia Tech, throwing all nine innings in the No. 13 Tar Heels’ 6-0 victory over the Hokies at the Bosh. In doing so, Gallen gave up just four hits and struck out a career-high 13...

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UNC-Asheville Stuns No. 13 UNC Baseball on Wild Final Play

No it wasn’t quite Villanova at the buzzer for the national championship, but the No. 13 UNC baseball team ran into some heartbreak of its own on Wednesday at Boshamer Stadium. Despite having the bases loaded and just one out in the bottom of the ninth, the Tar Heels fell victim to a crazy, game-ending double play–losing 3-2 to the UNC-Asheville Bulldogs. UNC is now 21-8 after picking up its first mid-week loss of the season. Asheville improves to just 8-22  with the win. The Tar Heels played arguably the sloppiest game they’ve played all year, but were able...

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UNC Baseball Returns to Winning Ways, Beats High Point 8-1

Having lost five of its last seven games after starting 2016 with an 18-2 record, the No. 13 UNC baseball team needed a win to get momentum back on its side. With an 8-1 victory at Boshamer Stadium over the tough High Point Panthers on Tuesday night, the Tar Heels hope to be headed back in the right direction. UNC gave up leads in all three of its games against No. 3 Miami this past weekend, falling victim to its first sweep of the season. However, the Tar Heels jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning...

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Jenkins’ Shot Stuns UNC at the Buzzer; Wins Title For Villanova

Following a miracle sent from the heavens down to Houston–an off-balance, game-tying three-pointer by UNC guard Marcus Paige with four seconds remaining–Villanova forward Kris Jenkins got the ball wide open at the top of the key. Jenkins then calmly swished a three of his own–leading the Wildcats to an unbelievable 77-74 victory over the Tar Heels in Monday night’s NCAA National Championship Game. “All we needed was 4.7 seconds of defense,” an emotional Paige said after the game. “It didn’t work out. “Kris is their best three-point shooter and he got a pretty clean look—for whatever reason,” he continued. “There’s...

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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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