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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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Pittsburgh Pirates Call Jacob Stallings Up to the Majors

The Pittsburgh Pirates gave the UNC baseball program yet another major leaguer this past weekend, when they called up former Tar Heel catcher Jacob Stallings to start behind the plate on Sunday. He became the second UNC player to make a big league debut in 2016, after Colin Moran was brought up by the Houston Astros back in May. Ten different former UNC players–including Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss–have made appearances in the majors this season. Although Stallings went 0-for-4 against the NL Central division-leading Chicago Cubs in his first game, his collegiate head coach, Mike Fox, has long praised...

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MLB Draft Closes with Six Tar Heels Chosen

The three-day, 40-round marathon that is the MLB Draft finally came to an end Saturday evening–with three more Tar Heels finding out their next destinations. Junior relievers Zach Rice and Spencer Trayner–as well as sophomore infielder Ryder Ryan–joined teammates Zac Gallen, Tyler Ramirez and AJ Bogucki in receiving the opportunity to enter the professional ranks. A 6-foot-2 lefty with a deceptive delivery, Rice was selected in the 18th round (529th overall) by the Atlanta Braves. The Suffolk, Virginia native made 64 career appearances in relief–including 34 in his freshman season–but saw his playing time decrease each year as he...

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Former Tar Heels Funding Boshamer Stadium Improvement Project

Boshamer Stadium, the home of the Diamond Heels, will be getting a little makeover this summer. Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager and Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Adam Warren are working with a few other donors to help build an additional 1,300 square feet of usable space for the UNC baseball program along the first base side of the premises. A multi-use space able to serve as a visiting locker room, or a place for team meetings and studying, headlines the project–while new locker room space for umpires and former players who choose to workout in Chapel Hill during the...

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UNC Baseball Misses NCAA Tournament For Second Straight Year

The NCAA Baseball Tournament announced its field of 64 teams Monday afternoon, and yet again head coach Mike Fox and the Tar Heels found themselves on the outside looking in. Prior to last season, UNC had made the tournament in 14 straight years–notching six trips to the College World Series during that streak. Once a fixture in June, the Tar Heels have now had their season ended prematurely in consecutive years for the first time since 1996-97. Despite boasting a solid 34-21 record and an RPI ranking of 19–the highest to miss the tournament–UNC was deemed the “first team...

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