Landon Lassiter

UNC Baseball Misses NCAA Tournament For First Time Since 2001

For the first time since 2001 the UNC baseball team will not play in the NCAA Tournament. It marks just the second time in head coach Mike Fox’s 17-year tenure that the Tar Heels will not be playing into June. “I never thought we were immune to this,” Coach Fox said. “It’s not a given. You can say that, but all of a sudden when you’re not in, that’s the reality. No program is immune to this. There’s a lot of really, really good teams out there.” The team finished the season with a record of 34-24 overall and...

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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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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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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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Offense Explodes to Power UNC Baseball Past Elon

For the second straight night, the No. 24 UNC baseball team came out swinging like some mad-men, scoring 10 runs in the first four innings on their way to an easy 14-2 victory over the Elon Phoenix on Wednesday night inside the walls of Boshamer Stadium. The margin of victory is Carolina’s biggest of the season and the 14 runs scored are the most by the Tar Heels all season long. With the dominant non-conference win, UNC pushes its record up to 31-16 overall, while the Phoenix have now dropped four of their past five games, and fall below...

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Bukauskas Silences the Eagles, Wins Series for UNC

The big question coming into Saturday morning wondered what kind of follow-up performance the Tar Heels would receive after Zac Gallen’s pitching stole the show the night before. Answering that call was freshman sensation JB Bukauskas, who picked up right where Gallen left off on Friday, pitching seven shutout innings and striking out eight hitters to lead the No. 23 UNC baseball team to a 6-1 victory over the Boston College Eagles at Boshamer Stadium. Winners of five straight, for the second time in April, the Tar Heels now sit at 28-15, and remain second in the ACC Coastal...

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12th Inning Balk Hands #23 UNC Baseball Win Over #22 UNC-Wilmington

Trent Thornton struck out pinch-hitter Joe Bertone in the bottom of the 12th inning to close out a 6-5 road win for the #23 UNC baseball team over its top 25 opponent, the #22 UNC-Wilmington Seahawks–with Carolina right-fielder Tyler Ramirez scoring on a balk earlier in the frame to break the tie. Suddenly the surging Tar Heels find themselves with a solid 26-15 record, as they hand the red-hot Seahawks just their ninth loss of the season, putting them at 28-9 overall. Thornton (3-4) pitched the final 2.2 innings, all in extras, without allowing Wilmington to record a hit,...

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Birthday Boy Dunbar Leads Tar Heels Past Camels on Bacon Night

Bacon wasn’t the only thing sizzling on Tuesday night at Boshamer Stadium. Junior catcher Korey Dunbar homered, racked up three RBI, and scored twice himself–on his birthday–to lead the #23 UNC baseball team to a 8-3 win over the tough Campbell Fightin’ Camels as the Carolina marketing department drew fans out to the field with promises of “special bacon related concession items”. “I smelled bacon when I was throwing BP, and that’s not what you want to smell when you’re throwing batting practice, so I might not have a piece of bacon for another couple months,” UNC head baseball coach...

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