Skye Bolt

ACC Baseball Tournament: Tar Heels Pick Up Big Win Over Clemson

Feeling the unfamiliar pressure of the NCAA Tournament bubble, the UNC baseball team rebounded from back-to-back losses to defeat the Clemson Tigers by a score of 6-3 on Friday at the ACC Tournament in Durham. Both teams finish with records of 1-2 in ACC pool play and are eliminated from conference championship contention. The Tar Heels are now 34-24 for the season, finishing league play at 15-18. Clemson also ends the year on the bubble–at 32-27 overall and 17-16 in the ACC. Freshman flamethrower JB Bukauskas (5-3)–like his team–bounced back from a couple of rough starts on the mound...

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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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UNC-UVA Series Holds Major Post-Season Implications

It’s now or never for the UNC baseball team this weekend, as it hosts the Virginia Cavaliers at Boshamer Stadium in the final ACC weekend series of the year–with each team looking to put themselves in a favorable position heading into next week’s conference tournament. The Tar Heels come into the matchup placed seventh in the league, with a 13-13 mark in ACC games and an overall record of 32-19, while Virginia sits in 10th, at 12-15 in conference play and 30-19 against all competition. “I just told [the players on Tuesday] that after 50 games [our season’s] boiled...

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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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Walk-Off Homer Wins Series Finale For Notre Dame, UNC Swept For First Time All Year

In thrilling fashion, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish rallied from six runs down to defeat the No. 24 UNC baseball team 8-7 on a walk-off home run by pinch-hitter Kyle Richardson–in a game where the ball just could never seem to stay in the park–with the teams combining for seven long balls on the day. Losing all three games in South Bend drops the Tar Heels to 13-13 in the ACC with a 30-19 record against all competition, while Notre Dame jumps to 15-12 in league play and 33-18 overall. Sunday also marks the second time the Fighting Irish...

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Notre Dame Sweeps Doubleheader Against UNC, Takes Series

They played two games and 18 innings of baseball on Saturday at Notre Dame’s Frank Eck Stadium, with the Fighting Irish coming out on top of the No. 24 UNC baseball team in both legs to take the series win. A late offensive rally helped Notre Dame take the first game of the afternoon by a score of 10-5, as they scored the game’s final eight runs–while pitchers Ryan Smoyer and Brandon Bielak combined to hold the Tar Heels to four hits in the nightcap, with the Fighting Irish taking the second game by a score of 3-1. Sweeping the...

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UNC Baseball Hosts UNC-Asheville

With the final two weeks of the college baseball regular season on the horizon, the No. 24 UNC baseball team resumes its quest for Omaha on Tuesday—welcoming the UNC-Asheville Bulldogs to Chapel Hill for a game at Boshamer Stadium. The Tar Heels come into the game with a 29-16 record, and have won 12 of their last 15 games during a recent hot streak, while the Bulldogs have struggled this season, currently sitting at 20-26 in 2015. Despite having struggled offensively for a good portion of the season, UNC should have a prime opportunity to get the bats going...

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