Mike Fox

Ike Freeman’s 10th-Inning Homer Lifts No. 6 UNC Baseball to Series Victory Over South Florida

It took 10 innings–and a blown seven-run lead–but the sixth-ranked UNC baseball team squeaked out a 9-8 victory over the South Florida Bulls Sunday afternoon in Tampa, thanks to a clutch 10th-inning solo shot by sophomore Ike Freeman. The home run by Freeman helped the Tar Heels (2-1) clinch the three-game series between the two teams, while also preventing what would have been a massive meltdown for the ages. Ahead 8-1 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, UNC lost control on the mound and allowed South Florida (1-2) to battle back and tie things up. Four Tar Heel...

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Diamond Heels Even Series vs. South Florida With Blowout Victory

After struggling to find offense in its season-opening loss Friday night, the sixth-ranked UNC baseball team responded Saturday with a loud bang–exploding for six runs in the first inning on the way to a 12-5 win over South Florida. The win evens the series between the two teams, and gives the Tar Heels their first victory of the 2018 season. Sophomore starting pitcher Tyler Baum notched a career-high 10 strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work for UNC, which went 8-for-16 at the plate with runners in scoring position. A trio of Tar Heels–Michael Busch, Brandon Martorano and Zack Gahagan–tallied...

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Late Rally Falls Short as USF Upsets No. 6 UNC Baseball in Season Opener

Friday night’s season opener for the sixth-ranked UNC baseball team saw the Tar Heels put together a late-game rally, but it wouldn’t quite be enough to avoid falling 4-3 on the road to the South Florida Bulls. Sophomore first baseman Michael Busch hit a three-run homer for UNC in the top of the seventh inning to bring the deficit to just one run–but the team wasn’t able to scratch across the elusive game-tying run. The Tar Heels put a pair of runners on base in the eighth inning–and another in the ninth–but USF closer Andrew Perez was able to...

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UNC Releases 2018 Baseball Schedule

The UNC baseball team released its 2018 schedule on Friday afternoon, with the Tar Heels slated to face nine teams that participated in last year’s NCAA Tournament. Head coach Mike Fox and company will take on two of last season’s College World Series participants as well, in ACC opponents Florida State and Louisville. A road series in Tampa against South Florida (Feb. 16-18) will begin the new season for the Tar Heels, who are coming off an incredible season in which they earned the No. 2 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament before a disappointing first-round exit. UNC will...

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Dalatri Pitches UNC to Win Over Michigan, Tar Heels Still Standing in NCAA Baseball Tournament

Following a shocking upset loss to Davidson on Friday, the second-ranked UNC baseball team entered Saturday’s showdown with Michigan one loss away from having a fantastic season washed down the drain. Fortunately, for the Tar Heels–they have Gianluca Dalatri and the Wolverines didn’t. The freshman right-hander allowed just a single run over seven innings, as UNC cruised past Michigan for an 8-1 victory at Boshamer Stadium. Dalatri’s only mishap came in the top of the second inning when the Wolverines (42-17) took a 1-0 lead on a solo home run from Drew Lugbauer. From there, the New Jersey native...

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Davidson Stuns No. 2 UNC Baseball in NCAA Tournament Opener

In perhaps the most shocking upset of the NCAA Baseball Tournament so far, the Davidson Wildcats knocked off the No. 2 overall seed UNC Tar Heels by a score of 8-4 on Friday–inside the friendly confines of Boshamer Stadium. Given the fourth seed in the Chapel Hill Regional–not to mention making the first tournament appearance in school history–the Wildcats (33-24) weren’t expected to make very much noise in the event. That changed rather quickly, however, when Davidson opened up an 8-0 lead over UNC (47-13) and its First Team All-American starting pitcher JB Bukauskas. Bukauskas suffered his first loss...

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Florida State Upsets No. 2 UNC to Claim ACC Baseball Championship

Ranked second in the country–with a squad hell bent on righting some of the wrongs of the past two seasons–the UNC baseball team ran roughshod through the regular season and all three of its tournament opponents on the way to Sunday’s ACC Championship Game in Louisville. The Florida State Seminoles, on the other hand, failed to live up to high expectations for most of the year as they fell all the way from one of the nation’s top five teams to an eighth place finish in the league. With the teams matched up on Sunday, however, it was the...

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Tar Heels Blow Out Miami, Advance to ACC Baseball Championship Game

Three games into its ACC Tournament run at Louisville Slugger Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky, the second-ranked UNC baseball team has clearly taken the ballpark’s name to heart. After blowing out the No. 6 seed Miami Hurricanes 12-4 on Saturday night in the ACC Semifinals, the Tar Heels have now outscored their three opponents 34-8 on the way to a spot in Sunday’s Championship Game. Junior shortstop Logan Warmoth went 3-for-5 with three RBIs for UNC (47-11), while ACC Freshman of the Year Ashton McGee added two hits, a home run and three RBIs of his own against the Hurricanes...

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Tar Heels Lay the Smackdown on NC State, Move On to ACC Baseball Semifinals

As soon as UNC junior centerfielder Brian Miller led off the home half of the first inning against NC State on Friday with his seventh home run of the season–it was clear what kind of night was getting ready to unfold. The No. 2 Tar Heels put the Wolfpack in front of the firing squad in their ACC Tournament matchup at Louisville Slugger Stadium, ultimately scoring 10 runs in the first inning on the way to a 12-4 blowout win. In total, UNC sent 14 batters to the plate–and put together nine hits–in the deciding frame against NC State...

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UNC Baseball Opens Its ACC Tournament Run With Mercy Rule Victory Over Boston College

Fans in attendance Thursday at Louisville Slugger Stadium for the ACC Baseball Tournament were treated to a rare sighting in the opening game of the afternoon. For the first time in four meetings this season, Boston College held No. 2 UNC below 15 runs. Unfortunately for the Eagles, the Tar Heels triggered the event’s mercy rule on the way to a commanding 10-0 victory in just seven innings. For UNC (45-11), the win means Friday’s game against NC State–which also defeated Boston College in its tournament opener–is for a spot in the championship semifinals over the weekend. Junior shortstop...

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