Avery Trendel

ACC Baseball Tournament: Bats Fall Flat, Tar Heels Downed by No. 13 FSU

Led by a solid effort on the mound from junior Mike Compton, the No. 13 Florida State Seminoles cruised to an 8-4 victory over the UNC baseball team on Thursday night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. With their second straight loss in pool play, the Tar Heels (33-24, 14-18) are eliminated from contention for the conference crown. The Seminoles (40-19, 19-13) are now in position to advance to Sunday’s ACC Championship Game thanks to 5.2 stellar innings from Compton (4-3), who gave up just two runs on five hits. Florida State defeated Clemson on Wednesday and is now...

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ACC Baseball Tournament: No. 3 Louisville Rallies to Defeat UNC

Rallying from an early 4-0 deficit, the No. 3 Louisville Cardinals defeated the UNC baseball team on Wednesday night by a score of 7-4 in the Tar Heels’ first pool play game of the ACC Tournament at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Tyler Ramirez led off the game with a solo home run, as the Tar Heel offense came out swinging against the Cardinals’ freshman right-hander Sean Leland–adding three more runs in the third inning before Leland could even record an out. But Louisville came storming back against UNC senior Benton Moss, in what was likely Moss’s final ACC...

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Gallen Pitches UNC to Victory, Keeps Season Alive

Facing a potential “do or die” scenario on Tuesday, Zac Gallen led the struggling UNC baseball team to their most important victory of the season–a 5-3 win over the Virginia Tech Hokies in Durham that puts the Tar Heels into the pool play portion of the ACC Tournament. Had Carolina (33-22, 14-16 ACC) lost, there was speculation that they may not be selected for the NCAA tournament. Those worries can likely be put to bed now, thanks to Gallen’s clutch performance–which also preserves the thin UNC pitching staff for the rest of the week. Gallen (4-3) worked 6.2 innings...

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Tuesday Holds the Key for Tar Heels’ NCAA Hopes

As the ACC baseball tournament begins at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Tuesday eighth-seeded UNC will take on the ninth-seeded Virginia Tech Hokies in the second of two play-in games–and a loss could potentially end the Tar Heels’ season. Just a few short weeks ago it was thought that the Tar Heels could potentially host an NCAA Tournament regional at Boshamer Stadium. Now they’ve been swept in back-to-back ACC series for the first time since 2001 on their way to a 13-16 record in league play. Pair that with an unspectacular 32-22 overall mark and you get a head coach...

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Tar Heels Fall Short On Senior Day: Virginia Sweeps

The Virginia Cavaliers scored five runs in the sixth inning against five different Tar Heel pitchers on Saturday, en route to an 8-2 victory over the UNC baseball team at Boshamer Stadium–giving the senior day festivities for Benton Moss and Trevor Kelley an unpleasant ending. Carolina has now been swept in each of its last two ACC series, the first time that’s happened since 2001. The Tar Heels finish the regular season 13-16 in the conference and 32-22 overall. Meanwhile, the successful weekend road trip helps the Cavaliers finish at 15-15 in ACC play and 33-19 against all competition....

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Virginia Chases Bukauskas Early and Shuts UNC Down to Take Series

An early offensive spark, paired with another impressive pitching performance, delivered the Virginia Cavaliers a 6-2 victory over the UNC baseball team on Friday night at Boshamer Stadium. Their fifth consecutive conference loss drops the Tar Heels to 13-15 in the ACC and 32-21 overall, but there was a silver lining. They clinched a spot in next week’s ACC tournament with Wake Forest’s loss at Duke on Friday. Virginia also clinches its spot in the tournament, and improves to 14-15 in league play–while increasing its overall mark to 32-19. Much like his teammate Connor Jones on Thursday, left-handed starting...

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Cavaliers Spoil Gallen’s Night, Rally to Win in Extras

Zac Gallen was two outs away from his third complete game of the season for the Tar Heels when it all fell apart. “Any time you get in a good groove you don’t really want to come out,” says Gallen, “But it’s Coach’s decision, so you gotta do what he says. I mean, I would have loved to finish the game out but what [am I] gonna do?” Trailing 1-0 entering the ninth inning, the Virginia Cavaliers rallied to force extra innings against Gallen’s replacements out of the bullpen before picking up a thrilling 10 inning 2-1 victory on...

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UNC-UVA Series Holds Major Post-Season Implications

It’s now or never for the UNC baseball team this weekend, as it hosts the Virginia Cavaliers at Boshamer Stadium in the final ACC weekend series of the year–with each team looking to put themselves in a favorable position heading into next week’s conference tournament. The Tar Heels come into the matchup placed seventh in the league, with a 13-13 mark in ACC games and an overall record of 32-19, while Virginia sits in 10th, at 12-15 in conference play and 30-19 against all competition. “I just told [the players on Tuesday] that after 50 games [our season’s] boiled...

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Bolt’s Home Run, Bogucki’s Pitching Lead Diamond Heels Past UNC-Wilmington

Skye Bolt homered in the fifth inning to break a 2-2 tie, while little used pitcher AJ Bogucki provided the Diamond Heels with an unexpected boost on their way to a 7-2 victory over the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks on Tuesday night at Boshamer Stadium. With the crucial non-conference victory, the Tar Heels jump to 32-19 on the year, and also send the Seahawks to their fourth straight loss–which drops the visitors’ record to 33-16. Although Bolt’s home run swung the momentum over to the home dugout for good, it was Bogucki that provided the story of the night. “When [pitching]...

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Tar Heels and Seahawks Set For Battle

Coming off a disappointing weekend series at Notre Dame where they were swept for the first time all season long, the UNC baseball team looks to regroup in this, the final week of the regular season. The first chance they’ll get comes Tuesday, as the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks make a visit to Boshamer Stadium for a rematch of a game the Tar Heels won 6-5 in 12 innings back on April 22nd. The two teams come in to the match-up with fairly similar overall records, with UNC sitting at 31-19, while the Seahawks are at 33-15. In addition, each squad...

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