Mike Fox

Datres Drives in Four Runs, Leads UNC to Series-Clinching Win vs. Radford

The 2017 college baseball season is still in its infant stages, but there’s no doubt it couldn’t have started much better for head coach Mike Fox and the ninth-ranked Tar Heels. A day after Brian Miller’s clutch eighth-inning home run against Radford gave UNC its fifth straight win to open the year, sophomore third baseman Kyle Datres went 3-for-4 with four RBI to lead the team to a 9-3 series-clinching win over the Highlanders at Boshamer Stadium. Junior starting pitcher Jason Morgan gave up a two-run shot to Radford’s Jonathan Gonzalez in the top of the first inning, but...

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Miller’s Two-Run Homer Lifts No. 9 UNC Baseball Past Radford in Series Opener

The ninth-ranked UNC baseball team improved to 5-0 this season after junior centerfielder Brian Miller’s two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning gave the Tar Heels a 2-0 series-opening win over the Radford Highlanders on Friday at Boshamer Stadium. It was the first home run of 2017 for Miller, the Raleigh native who earned Second Team All-American honors in the preseason. UNC’s other preseason All-American selection–junior right-hander JB Bukauskas–did his fair share of work against Radford (1-4) on Friday as well. A lack of offense kept Bukauskas from officially earning the win, but he threw seven shutout...

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UNC Baseball Opens Season With Three-Game Sweep of Kentucky

Despite missing the last two NCAA Tournaments, the UNC baseball team entered 2017 with enough talent to earn the No. 9 ranking in the D1baseball.com preseason poll. It may take a while for the Tar Heels to silence all their critics, but they were at least able to showcase a little bit of that talent with a three-game sweep over the Kentucky Wildcats this past weekend. Preseason First Team All-American JB Bukauskas started the party on Friday by striking out 10 Wildcats over six shutout innings as UNC cruised to a 3-1 victory in its season opener. Saturday’s game...

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A Former Walk-On, UNC Centerfielder Brian Miller Embraces His Journey to the Top

As he walked out on the field to meet reporters for the UNC baseball team’s annual media day this week, junior centerfielder Brian Miller found himself in a position neither he nor his head coach, Mike Fox, could have ever imagined just three years ago. Although he was a local product coming out of Millbrook High School in Raleigh—a place where he was a three-sport athlete and the all-time leading hitter in baseball—Miller went completely unnoticed by the UNC coaching staff. A lifelong Tar Heel fan, Miller instead committed to play for UNC-Asheville. When the Bulldogs’ head coach at...

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Mike Fox Named to NC Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017

The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame announced a list of eight new members on Thursday–a group that includes longtime UNC baseball head coach Mike Fox. A native of Asheville and a UNC graduate, Fox–who is still active as the team’s head coach–has led the Tar Heels to six College World Series appearances and 15 NCAA Tournaments during his 18 years at the helm in Chapel Hill. He will be inducted alongside a list of inductees that includes: Glenn Bass, Dwight Durante, Chasity Melvin, Ben Sutton, Caulton Tudor, Steve Vacendak and Stephanie Wheeler. “The achievements of this year’s class...

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UNC Ranked 15th in Preseason Collegiate Baseball Poll

Just a day after UNC starting pitcher JB Bukauskas was named a Preseason Second Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball–a widely respected newspaper covering the game–the Tar Heels received more great news on Tuesday when they found themselves at No. 15 in the first preseason poll for 2017. UNC has missed out on the NCAA Tournament in each of the last two seasons. It’s the first time the Tar Heels have ever found themselves in this position since head coach Mike Fox took over just before the turn of the century. Having earned the distinction of the highest ranked team...

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UNC Baseball Brings in Nation’s Second-Ranked Recruiting Class

The UNC baseball team has been down on its luck over the past two seasons–missing the NCAA Tournament in consecutive years for the first time since head coach Mike Fox took over in 1999. Last season’s Tar Heels had the highest RPI ranking in history (19) to not be selected for the big dance. Fans should feel a little better, though, after it was announced Wednesday by Baseball America that UNC ranked second in the publication’s annual recruiting class rankings. Although the team has often been plagued by classes that include many players who end up going pro and...

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Two Assistant Coaches Join UNC Baseball Staff

Following the departure of former assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Scott Jackson in July, the UNC baseball team announced a pair of new hires for its staff on Thursday. Robert Woodard and Jesse Wierzbicki–who each helped lead the Tar Heels to the College World Series during their careers–will rejoin their former head coach, Mike Fox, in the dugout this season. A key cog in both the 2006 and 2007 runs to Omaha, Woodard is also the winningest pitcher in school history at 34-5. He also never lost a home start during his time in Chapel Hill. After a short...

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UNC Baseball Receives Commits From Six of Top 500 High Schoolers

With a draft that lasts for 40 rounds and numerous minor league franchises, it’s common for the MLB to have hundreds of high school baseball players who decide to bypass college and go straight into their professional careers. Following this year’s draft, only 127 of Baseball America’s top 500 high school prospects chose to attend school–where they will be forced to spend at least three years before their next shot at the pros. Of that group of 127, UNC will have six of them arriving in Chapel Hill next season. Only Mississippi, with seven, had more commitments. It’s unclear...

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UNC Baseball Assistant Scott Jackson Named Head Coach at Liberty

The home dugout at Boshamer Stadium is set to undergo the biggest facelift it’s had since 2008. For nearly a decade, the Diamond Heels’ coaching staff led by Mike Fox, Scott Jackson and Scott Forbes has been a constant while the UNC baseball program reached heights it had never previously seen. Now, after the Tar Heels have missed out on two consecutive NCAA Tournaments, a new era is set to begin–as Liberty University reached an agreement this past weekend to hire Jackson as its new head coach. After helping the Tar Heels reach six NCAA Tournaments and three College World Series...

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