With the loss, the Patriots dropped to 9-6 on the year.
The 13-run total was a season high for the Tar Heels as Wood Myers had a three-run double in the second inning and Tyler Ramirez recorded a two-run triple in the fifth inning to pull away from George Mason.
Taylore Cherry, making his first start on the mound of 2014, got off to a rough start, but rebounded from there. Reilly Hovis was again reliable as a reliever, striking out a career high six batters.
Jack Geraghty made his debut for the Tar Heels in the ninth. The redshirt freshman impressively threw 14 strikes in 16 pitches to wrap up the contest.
Next up for the Tar Heels is a Wednesday meeting with Gardner Webb at 1 p.m. back at Boshamer Stadium.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/carolina-routs-george-mason-gardner-webb-next/
The Tar Heels are coming off a 2-1 series win to open up their ACC campaign, but Head Coach Mike Fox says it’s still disappointing not to close out the series sweep.
“We’re happy to get the series win, certainly. But disappointing to go into Sunday and have a chance to win all three and not get it done. All in all, after you process the day, you got to look back and say, ‘not great, but not bad,’” Coach Fox says.
Coach Fox says in the tight encounters, the little mistakes will come back to bite you, and the young Tar Heels are still committing some costly errors.
“You got to finish games in this league. There’s such a fine line between winning and losing every game. In the close games, you can’t make mistakes,” Coach Fox says.
One of the bright spots in the Tar Heel lineup has been sophomore Korey Dunbar. Coach Fox says he’s seen a lot of improvement out of the catcher from Charleston, West Virginia.
“He’s confident now. He’s getting better. He’s got to cut down on his strikeouts, but he hit a couple balls hard. Even the fly ball he hit to right field, you didn’t see Korey Dunbar doing that last year. He was kind of an all pull-guy. You got to learn to use all the field. He’s got better – a big part of our team this year for sure,” Coach Fox says.
George Mason comes into the contest off a 2-1 series loss to Fairfield. Carolina will be hoping to build some midweek momentum as a weekend series against Maryland in College Park looms this Friday.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/carolina-baseball-faces-george-mason-tuesday-test/
The No. 15 North Carolina baseball team pulled out a 2-1 series win over ACC newcomer Pittsburgh last weekend at Boshamer Stadium to improve to 10-4 on the season.
Benton Moss and Trent Thornton produced two solid starts on the mound for the Tar Heels in the double-header on Saturday. Foul weather on Friday prompted a postponement of Friday’s game.
Freshman Zac Gallen allowed four earned runs in his Sunday start that saw Pitt claim a 6-4 win to avoid the sweep.
Next up for the Tar Heels is a busy midweek schedule. UNC hosts George Mason Tuesday and Gardner Webb Wednesday. Both games start at 4 p.m.
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/