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UNC Baseball Picks Up Convincing Win in Series Opener vs. Miami

Ranked No. 10 in this week’s D1Baseball.com Top 25, the UNC baseball team has sprinted out to a hot start behind a group of pitchers who seem completely uninterested in allowing opponents to score. That trend continued at Boshamer Stadium on Friday–with the Tar Heels also receiving some offense to match–during UNC’s 7-2 series-opening victory over the Miami Hurricanes. Junior starting pitcher JB Bukauskas improved to 4-0 for in 2017, as he used his overpowering repertoire to strike out nine Hurricane hitters over seven shutout innings. The Tar Heel offense was led by freshman Ashton McGee, who went 3-for-5 with an...

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UNC Baseball Earns Road Victory at East Carolina

The No. 10 UNC baseball team picked up some in-state bragging rights on Wednesday night, traveling to Greenville and earning a 6-2 victory over the East Carolina Pirates at Clark-LeClair Stadium. Sophomore rightfielder Brandon Riley–a Burlington native–led the charge by going 3-for-4 at the plate with four RBIs for the Tar Heels (16-5, 4-2 ACC), including a double and a three-run homer. The long ball came during the fourth inning, and extended UNC’s lead to four runs–giving reliever Rodney Hutchison a comfortable lead to work with on the mound. Riley then added an RBI in the sixth when his...

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Diamond Heels Stage Late-Inning Rally, Steal Series Win at Georgia Tech

Trailing 4-0 against Georgia Tech entering the sixth inning on Sunday, the No. 11 UNC baseball team took advantage of some untimely mistakes and rattled off seven consecutive runs on the way to a 7-4 victory in Atlanta. The win also clinched the series for the Tar Heels (15-5, 4-2 ACC) who have now won each of their first two series against conference competition in 2017. Freshman designated hitter Ashton McGee (.351 batting average) stayed hot for UNC, going 2-for-4 at the plate–including a two-run homer that kicked off the rally in the top of the sixth. After an RBI...

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Bukauskas K’s 14 as UNC Holds On to Take Series Opener at Georgia Tech

Week after week, UNC junior right-hander JB Bukauskas is proving why MLB scouts feel he should be one of the first players chosen in this June’s draft. His latest trick was to strike out a career-high 14 hitters on Friday, as the Tar Heels hung on for a 6-5 victory over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in Atlanta. Closer Josh Hiatt pitched himself out of a tricky jam in the ninth inning, which allowed a monstrous solo home run from shortstop Logan Warmoth to provide the final difference for UNC (14-4, 3-1 ACC) in what was a back and...

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Diamond Heels Toss One-Hitter in 9-2 Win Over Maryland

The 11th-ranked UNC baseball team closed out its 17-game homestand to begin the season on Tuesday with a statement victory over an old-time ACC rival. Four Tar Heel pitchers combined to throw a one-hitter in a 9-2 win over the Maryland Terrapins at Boshamer Stadium. Freshman Tyler Baum started on the mound for head coach Mike Fox, lasting through five innings in total. Maryland (9-6) scored its only two runs of the game in the third inning after Baum issued a pair of walks, which were then followed by a two-run single–the Terrapins’ lone hit in the game–by second...

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UNC Splits Baseball Doubleheader vs. Virginia, Tar Heels Win Series

Hosting a top-25 baseball series at Boshamer Stadium this weekend against No. 10 Virginia, there was plenty of pressure on the 13th-ranked Tar Heels to open ACC play with a bang. After JB Bukauskas helped pitch UNC to a 9-4 victory over the Cavaliers on Friday, the Tar Heels (12-4, 2-1 ACC) came up just short of a series sweep as they fought to a split in Saturday’s doubleheader. Virginia (13-3, 1-2 ACC) won the first game of the day–and second in the series–by a tight margin of 2-1. In the day’s second game, however, the UNC bats took...

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UNC Baseball Takes ACC Opener Vs. No. 10 Virginia

Prior to the start of this year’s college baseball season, UNC head coach Mike Fox reflected on his team’s failure to qualify for the last two NCAA Tournaments by saying there’s truly only 30 games that matter throughout the long season. The man famous for wearing No. 30 as the Tar Heels’ skipper was referring to the 30 games on the ACC schedule–an area his team has struggled with in recent years. On Friday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium, however, junior right-hander JB Bukauskas made sure Fox’s 13th-ranked Tar Heels started ACC play on the right note in 2017–as he...

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Five-Run Inning Helps UNC Baseball Avoid Sweep vs. Long Beach State

Over the first two games of its three-game series with Long Beach State–which both ended in losses–the eighth-ranked UNC baseball team managed to scrape together just five hits in each game. With a chance to avoid being swept by the Dirtbags at Boshamer Stadium on Sunday, the Tar Heel bats woke up and put together five runs in the fifth inning–before letting the bullpen hold on for an 8-5 win. The offensive outburst happened just after Long Beach State (6-5) chased UNC starting pitcher Jason Morgan from the game in the top of the fifth after scoring three runs...

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Long Beach State Silences Tar Heel Bats, Clinches Series Win in Chapel Hill

If traveling all the way across the country is supposed to have any effect on baseball players, the Long Beach State pitching staff has yet to show it. The Dirtbags clinched a series victory at Boshamer Stadium on Saturday, after limiting the eighth-ranked Tar Heels to just five hits in a 4-1 win. Junior second baseman Zack Gahagan went 3-for-5 at the plate for UNC (8-3), but the rest of the team combined to go just 2-for-26. Head coach Mike Fox made a slight switch to his pitching rotation for the game, moving 6-foot-6 freshman Luca Dalatri–last week’s ACC...

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Dirtbags Take Series Opener From UNC, Hand Tar Heels Second Straight Loss

After losing its first game of the season earlier this week at the hands of St. Johns, the eighth-ranked UNC baseball team dropped another heartbreaker on Friday at Boshamer Stadium–after freshman closer Josh Hiatt’s first career blown save ended up in a 5-2 loss to the Long Beach State Dirtbags. The Dirtbags (5-4) scored four runs over the final two innings, which spoiled the latest phenomenal pitching effort from UNC’s preseason All-American right-hander, JB Bukauskas. Bukauskas threw seven innings on Friday, striking out nine hitters and finally giving up his first run of the season–although the run was officially...

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