The Tar Heels come into the matchup on a roll, winners of seven straight. The Panthers enter the contest off a tough extra innings loss to Western Kentucky.
Right-handed ace Trent Thornton will start on the mound for Carolina Friday. Thornton currently boasts a 3-0 record and a 1.33 ERA with 22 strikeouts.
Benton Moss has registered a 2.49 ERA this year and is coming off of a complete-game performance against North Florida on March 1. Moss will get the start on Saturday.
The freshman bats will need to continue to stay hot this weekend against the Panthers. Freshman Wood Myers is leading the team offensively with a .390 average in the leadoff spot.
Last season, Pittsburgh was 4-3 against nationally ranked competition, but Friday will mark the first career game between the Tar Heels and the Panthers.
First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday afternoon in Chapel Hill.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/tar-heel-baseball-opens-acc-campaign-pittsburgh-weekend-series/
The UNC baseball team is on a seven-game winning streak after starting the season 1-3. Ahead of the ACC-opening Pittsburgh series, head coach Mike Fox spoke with Ron Stutts on the WCHL Thursday morning news.
***Listen to the Interview***http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/mike-fox-joins-ron-stutts-diamond-talk-ahead-pittsburgh-series/
With the loss, the Wildcats fell to 3-6 on the season.
UNC sophomore Reilly Hovis earned his second win of the season with three scoreless and hitless innings, striking out five.
The Tar Heels blew the game open in the bottom of the sixth when Davidson struggled to find the plate with its pitches and Carolina scored four runs off an Adrian Chacon RBI, a sac fly, wild pitch and a Wildcat error.
Carolina led 6-1 and would go on to tally four more runs to secure the comfortable midweek victory.
Skye Bolt went 1-2 for UNC with a trio of walks and a run scored. He also made a diving grab at the wall to steal extra bases from Davidson in the eighth inning.
Next up for the Tar Heels is an ACC opening series against ACC newcomer Pittsburgh. First pitch is scheduled for Friday at 3 p.m.
Carolina comes into the contest off a series sweep of North Florida, where the Tar Heel pitching staff carried the day. Sophomore ace Trent Thornton threw 7.2 scoreless innings while freshman Zac Gallen recorded his first career collegiate win.
WCHL will chat with UNC’s Thornton Friday morning at 7:20 a.m. during the Morning News.
Davidson is coming off a 2-1 series loss to Miami (OH) and will be looking to rebound in Chapel Hill. The Wildcats narrowly missed out on an upset victory over No. 8 N.C. State earlier in the season.
Wednesday’s game will be the final tune-up for the Tar Heels before embarking on their ACC campaign against Pittsburgh this weekend.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/tar-heel-baseball-takes-davidson-wildcats-final-acc-tune/
Following the Carolina series, the Ospreys dropped to 4-6 on the year.
Trent Thornton and Benton Moss delivered solid performances that led UNC to the insurmountable 2-0 series lead. Impressively, Moss threw a complete game win on Saturday.
And on Sunday, freshman pitcher Zac Gallen grabbed his first career win with six good innings. Chris McCue notched his fourth save of the year, shutting out the upset-minded North Florida club in 1.2 innings.
The young Tar Heel bats contributed nicely in the weekend series, producing a total of 16 runs in the three contests at Boshamer Stadium.
Next up for Carolina is a midweek home game on Wednesday against the Davidson Wildcats.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/carolina-baseball-records-first-series-sweep-season-downs-north-florida/
The No. 17 North Carolina baseball team, 4-3 on the season, will look to build off the momentum of its 12 run outing against Appalachian State, embarking on a weekend home series with North Florida, also sporting a 4-3 record.
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The Tar Heels will be starting sophomore Trent Thornton on the mound Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. in Chapel Hill while junior Benton Moss has been moved to a Saturday start.
Thornton speaks with Ron Stutts on WCHL’s Friday Morning News at 8:20 a.m.
Junior slinger Chris McCue says the young freshmen players have made a rather seamless transition to the Tar Heel lineup.
“I don’t think they’ve had a tough time making that transition from high school to college. I think that’s huge, especially when you have a young time. The freshmen, surprisingly, have done really well,” McCue says.
McCue says for the Tar Heels, all roads point to Omaha, and that includes keeping tabs on the weather forecast in Nebraska.
“We’re expecting to go to Omaha. We want to go to Omaha. That’s our main goal at the end of the season, to win a national championship. We’re always geared up towards that. Even in the weight room we have the weather in Omaha. We write it up on the white board just to keep everyone’s minds geared towards that,” McCue says.
This weekend will mark the first meeting between UNC and North Florida since 2008. The Tar Heels won both games in the two-game set staged in Cary. The Ospreys were outscored 20-7 in those two contests by the Tar Heels.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/carolina-baseball-meets-north-florida-final-non-conference-series/
With the win, the Tar Heels improved to 4-3 on the season while the Mountaineers fell to 0-8.
Parks Jordan, Tom Zengel, Korey Dunbar and Joe Dudek each drove in a pair of runs for the Tar Heels.
Luis Paula got his first pitching start of the season and gave up just one unearned run and three hits in 4.2 innings with five strikeouts Reilly Hovis finished the fifth and tossed a scoreless sixth to get the win.
Taylore Cherry had a nice debut. He was perfect, striking out a pair and needing just 19 pitches to record six outs. And finally, freshman A.J. Bogucki closed it out in the ninth in his first outing as a Tar Heel.
Next up for the Tar Heels is a home series starting Friday at 3 p.m. against North Florida.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/carolina-baseball-cruises-past-appalachian-state-12-1/
Off the heels of their thrilling ninth-inning rally against Xavier Sunday, Carolina will be looking to get the bats swinging hot when they take the field at Boshamer Stadium.
Bobby Hundley, of UNC Athletics, says this young group of Tar Heels has a strong future ahead of them as the season progresses, and it all starts with the pitching.
“Eight freshmen played. It’s going to take some time for those guys to adjust to the college game, but the pitching has been absolutely outstanding here in the early going. I think there’s a bright future ahead for the Tar Heels,” Hundley says.
Although the Mountaineers remain winless this year, they almost pulled off a big upset victory over No. 6 N.C. State Sunday, falling 3-1 after a Wolfpack eighth inning that produced two runs and broke the tie.
UNC catcher Adrian Chacon led the Tar Heels with two hits in the series clinching 3-2 win against Xavier, but Carolina will be hoping to get more contributions from their young lineup in this midweek matchup.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/carolina-baseball-meets-winless-appalachian-state-tuesday-bosh/
With the victory, the Tar Heels improved to 3-3 on the season thanks to superb pitching led by freshman Zac Gallen, who held the Musketeer bats scoreless until the seventh inning. Gallen went 6.2 innings and allowed only one unearned run on five hits and no walks.
With the loss, Xavier dropped to 4-2 on the young season.
Carolina trailed 2-0 heading into the bottom of the ninth. Alex Rayburn tied the game with a single shot to left and Adam Pate became the hero of the afternoon when his infield single found a gap in the defense.
Spencer Trayner recorded his first NCAA victory with 1.1 relief innings pitched.
In total, eight freshmen hit the field for the Tar Heels Sunday as the youth movement was in full display for the fans in Chapel Hill.
Carolina will return to action Tuesday in a single game against Appalachian State at 3 p.m. at Boshamer Stadium.
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Freshman pitcher Zac Gallen made a nice debut on the mound, throwing 6.2 innings and allowing just two runs on seven hits and one walk. But the Tar Heel bats couldn’t produce enough to grab the victory, only managing five hits against a host of Cougar arms.
Skye Bolt produced a single to left field to score Landon Lassiter in the fourth inning to take a 1-0 lead, but Charleston retook the lead.
Carolina wasted a prime opportunity to score in the sixth inning with the bases loaded and one out. But Parks Jordan hit into a double play to let the Cougars out of the jam.
Next up for the Tar Heels is a home series against the Xavier Musketeers. Game one is set for this Friday at 3 p.m.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/carolina-baseball-drops-opening-series-college-charleston/