Avery Trendel

No. 9 Louisville Blanks Diamond Heels to Open Series

The ACC meat grinder continued to take its toll on the UNC baseball team Friday night at Boshamer Stadium. For the fifth straight conference outing, the Diamond Heels again fell short–losing 6-0 to the No. 9 Louisville Cardinals, who benefited from an incredible performance by sophomore Brendan McKay. McKay, the starting pitcher, tossed seven scoreless innings and gave up just three hits for the Cardinals (37-9, 15-7 ACC) while also leaving his mark offensively. He went 2-for-3 hitting in the clean up spot, including a big RBI double in the eighth inning that kick-started a late explosion for his team....

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Datres’ Heroics Help UNC Take “Must-Win” Game from UNC-Wilmington

UNC baseball head coach Mike Fox–with his Tar Heels mired in a slump that has lasted throughout the month of April–challenged his team to be tougher. After a back-and-forth affair which lasted nearly four and a half hours on Tuesday, they showed their coach’s message was taken to heart–ending UNC-Wilmington’s 12-game win streak with a 10-9 victory at Boshamer Stadium courtesy of freshman Kyle Datres’ walk-off walk. Facing a 3-2 count with the bases loaded and two outs, the Pennsylvania native held strong and allowed UNC-Wilmington reliever Jared Gesell do the work for him. “Bases loaded, all the pressure’s...

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UNC Baseball Swept at Wake Forest, Demon Deacons Walk-Off Winners

Trailing 2-1 in the eighth inning Sunday–on the verge of yet another ACC loss–the No. 17 UNC baseball team was desperately in need of a spark. Enter Tyler Lynn. The junior college transfer from Phenix City, Alabama came off the bench and led off the frame with a game-tying solo home run–appearing to shift all momentum to the visiting dugout. Wake Forest had other ideas, however, as sophomore Stuart Fairchild doubled home Will Craig in the bottom of the ninth against UNC reliever AJ Bogucki–giving the Demon Deacons a 3-2 victory in walk-off fashion. It also completed a clean...

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UNC Baseball Continues to Slide, Drops Series to Wake Forest

The late season free-fall continued on Saturday for the No. 17 UNC baseball team. For the second straight outing the Tar Heels lost in Winston Salem to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons–this one by a score of 5-4–putting the team two games below .500 in ACC play. Now sitting at 26-14 this season (9-11 ACC) after an 18-2 start, the Tar Heels find themselves in real danger of missing out on postseason play. Freshman catcher Logan Harvey put the Demon Deacons (25-17, 9-11 ACC) out in front with a two-run double off UNC starter JB Bukauskas in the bottom...

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Craig Leads Wake Forest Past Gallen, No. 17 UNC Baseball to Open Series

When it comes to the best hitters in college baseball, you won’t find many better than Wake Forest third baseman Will Craig. The ACC leader in batting average and RBIs, Craig sparked the Demon Deacons to a 6-1 win on Friday in their series opener with the No. 17 Tar Heels. Zac Gallen–one of the ACC’s top pitchers–gave up just five hits in 6.2 innings on the mound for UNC, but it was Craig who shined brightest in the battle between the two stars. A 6-foot-3-inch, 230-pound junior from Johnson City, Tennessee, Craig put Wake Forest (24-17, 8-11 ACC) ahead...

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Coastal Carolina Tops UNC Baseball in Top-25 Showdown

April can’t end soon enough for the UNC baseball team. The No. 17 Tar Heels are now just 5-8 in the month–which has been filled with games against high-level competition–after a 6-3 loss to the No. 21 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Tuesday night at Boshamer Stadium. Sophomore lefty Hunter Williams started on the mound for UNC (25-12), but was rocked for four runs in the first inning by the sweet-swinging Chanticleers (28-10)–who won their 15th game in 16 tries. Six days after Williams, who entered Tuesday with a 0.99 ERA, tossed six shutout innings against South Carolina he surrendered all...

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Virginia Walks Over UNC Baseball, Hands Tar Heels Fourth Straight Sunday Loss

In search of its first series victory over Virginia since 2012, the No. 15 UNC baseball team instead was a victim once again of the Sunday blues–falling 15-9 to the Cavaliers for its fourth straight loss in a series finale. The Tar Heels–now 25-11 (9-9 ACC)–walked a season-high 13 batters, and hit one, in perhaps their sloppiest pitching performance of the season.  Virginia’s 15 runs were the most UNC has allowed in 2016, beating the previous mark of 10 set by Georgia Tech in late March. At the plate, Brian Miller had a perfect day for the Tar Heels, going 5-for-5,...

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Bukauskas Stays Hot, Leads UNC Baseball Past Virginia to Even Series

Most people around the UNC baseball program were aware of the talent JB Bukauskas had before he ever stepped on campus. A potential first-round MLB Draft picking coming out of high school, he opted to attend UNC for at least three years rather than head straight for the pros. Now a sophomore, Bukauskas is living up to those expectations and then some–striking out 11 hitters on Saturday to lead the No. 15 Tar Heels to an 8-1 win over the Virginia Cavaliers in Charlottesville. UNC (24-11, 9-8 ACC) desperately needed the victory in order to avoid dipping below .500...

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Offense Wins, Defense Impresses in UNC Football Spring Game

Although the offense won the UNC football spring game 74-70 under an odd scoring system, it was the team’s defense that made the biggest impression at Kenan Stadium on Saturday. With everyone in the stadium focusing on the quarterback position–and how junior Mitch Trubisky would look in his first appearance since the graduation of former starter Marquise Williams—the defense stole the show with four interceptions. Three of the picks came against backup Caleb Henderson, but senior cornerback Des Lawrence was able to make an impressive play against Trubisky to get one against the starter. That earned three points for the...

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Virginia Cruises to 7-4 Series-Opening Win Over No. 15 UNC Baseball

For all the enthusiasm that Wednesday’s blowout of No. 8 South Carolina produced in Chapel Hill, the UNC baseball team had to immediately turn its focus to its road series this weekend in Charlottesville against the defending national champs. The same fortunes that were with them in Charlotte against the Gamecocks, however, didn’t show themselves in the series opener–as the Virginia Cavaliers defeated the No. 13 Tar Heels 7-4 on Friday night. UNC falls to 24-10 (8-8 ACC) in 2016, as ace Zac Gallen surrendered five runs in the first three innings– just one week removed from being named National...

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