Trent Thornton

ACC Baseball Tournament: Bats Fall Flat, Tar Heels Downed by No. 13 FSU

Led by a solid effort on the mound from junior Mike Compton, the No. 13 Florida State Seminoles cruised to an 8-4 victory over the UNC baseball team on Thursday night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. With their second straight loss in pool play, the Tar Heels (33-24, 14-18) are eliminated from contention for the conference crown. The Seminoles (40-19, 19-13) are now in position to advance to Sunday’s ACC Championship Game thanks to 5.2 stellar innings from Compton (4-3), who gave up just two runs on five hits. Florida State defeated Clemson on Wednesday and is now...

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Tar Heels Fall Short On Senior Day: Virginia Sweeps

The Virginia Cavaliers scored five runs in the sixth inning against five different Tar Heel pitchers on Saturday, en route to an 8-2 victory over the UNC baseball team at Boshamer Stadium–giving the senior day festivities for Benton Moss and Trevor Kelley an unpleasant ending. Carolina has now been swept in each of its last two ACC series, the first time that’s happened since 2001. The Tar Heels finish the regular season 13-16 in the conference and 32-22 overall. Meanwhile, the successful weekend road trip helps the Cavaliers finish at 15-15 in ACC play and 33-19 against all competition....

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Cavaliers Spoil Gallen’s Night, Rally to Win in Extras

Zac Gallen was two outs away from his third complete game of the season for the Tar Heels when it all fell apart. “Any time you get in a good groove you don’t really want to come out,” says Gallen, “But it’s Coach’s decision, so you gotta do what he says. I mean, I would have loved to finish the game out but what [am I] gonna do?” Trailing 1-0 entering the ninth inning, the Virginia Cavaliers rallied to force extra innings against Gallen’s replacements out of the bullpen before picking up a thrilling 10 inning 2-1 victory on...

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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-Greensboro Holds On to Snap Tar Heels’ Six Game Winning Streak

Solid pitching, along with 14 hits and a big four run third inning, proved to be enough for the UNC-Greensboro Spartans to hold on for an upset road victory over the No. 22 Tar Heel baseball team on Tuesday night at Boshamer Stadium by a score of 5-3. The non-conference loss snaps Carolina’s six game win streak and drops their record to 29-16, while the Spartans reach the .500 mark–improving to 20-20 with the win. After a clean sweep of three games this past weekend against Boston College that saw the three Tar Heel starting pitchers refuse to allow a...

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Moss Dominant as Tar Heels Complete Sweep of Boston College

Benton Moss continued the Tar Heel starting pitching dominance, throwing eight shutout innings while getting quite a bit of help from his offense, as the No. 23 UNC baseball team cruised to a 6-0 win over the Boston College Eagles on Sunday–completing its first ACC weekend sweep of the season. Carolina has now won six in a row for their longest winning streak of the season, as they improve to 29-15 overall and 13-10 in the ACC. Boston College drops to 22-21 after the sweep, with a 9-14 record inside the conference. Like Zac Gallen and JB Bukauskas in...

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Tar Heel Baseball Outlasts Virginia Tech in Wild 11-10 Win

Brian Miller’s sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth inning broke a 10-10 tie, and helped the #23 Tar Heel baseball team pick up a wild 11-10 win over the Virginia Tech Hokies on Saturday afternoon in Blacksburg, Virginia. Carolina moves to 24-15 on the season, with an even 10-10 mark in the ACC, while the loss sends the Hokies back to 19-21 overall and 8-12 in the conference. On a day that included three bases loaded hit-by-pitches, four multiple run rallies, 14 walks, and saw neither starting pitcher make it longer than two innings, UNC held on...

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UNC Reliever Reilly Hovis Has Tommy John Surgery, Out For Season

Reilly Hovis, a junior reliever for the UNC baseball team, has been declared out for the remainder of the 2015 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery Tuesday morning to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow. Hovis, a native of Gastonia, North Carolina served as the team’s closer last year and was named to the All-ACC first team as a relief pitcher. He was credited with a team-high nine wins in 2014, while also picking up six saves. On top of that, he also struck out 81 hitters in just 64 innings, finishing the year with...

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