Mike Fox

Diamond Heels Enter ACC Tournament Looking to Avoid Another Postseason Letdown

Heading into this week’s ACC Tournament at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park as the league’s top overall seed, head coach Mike Fox and the UNC baseball team recognize that they can’t afford another postseason letdown if they want to take home the title in this event for the first time since 2013. When the tournament schedule was released this past weekend, it seemed like the fifth-ranked Tar Heels would have a cakewalk straight through Pool A into Saturday’s semifinals. Wins against 12th-seeded Pitt and eighth-seeded Georgia Tech were all that stood in their way of becoming one of the...

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Mike Fox Selected as ACC Baseball Coach of the Year

UNC’s Mike Fox was recognized Monday as the ACC Baseball Coach of the Year, marking the first time in his illustrious career he’s earned the honor. This season saw the Tar Heels win its second straight ACC Coastal Division title, and seventh in program history–all of which have come under Fox’s leadership. UNC (37-17) also claimed the No. 1 overall seed for this week’s conference tournament after finishing the year with a 22-8 record against ACC opponents. In 20 seasons as the head coach at his alma mater, Fox has compiled a record of 877-372 and earned his 1,400th...

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Bergner’s Gem Helps UNC Baseball Clinch Series Victory Over Pittsburgh

Just a day removed from the UNC baseball team putting on its best offensive performance of the year in a 15-3 victory over Pittsburgh, sophomore right-hander Austin Bergner made sure that kind of effort wouldn’t be necessary on Saturday. Bergner struck out 12 Pitt hitters across eight shutout innings, as the Tar Heels rolled to a 4-0 victory at Boshamer Stadium–clinching the weekend series in the process. Pittsburgh fell to 11-6 this season with the loss, including a 1-4 record in ACC play. It was the second shutout posted by the Tar Heels in their last four games, after...

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Michael Busch Stays Hot, Leads UNC Baseball Past Liberty 6-5

Although the bats have struggled to find life so far for much of the 20th-ranked UNC baseball team, the same can’t be said for sophomore first baseman Michael Busch–who continued his torrid start to the season with three RBIs Saturday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium in the Tar Heels’ 6-5 victory over the Liberty Flames. Busch went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a two-run homer in the game, accounting for half of UNC’s total offense. He homered on the first pitch he saw all game to give the Tar Heels a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first...

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UNC Baseball Lays Down the Hammer in 17-2 Series-Opening Victory Over Liberty

Eight runs in the bottom of the fifth inning helped the No. 20 UNC baseball team blow the doors wide open Friday evening at Boshamer Stadium, as the Tar Heels rolled to a 17-2 victory in their series opener against the Liberty Flames. Sophomore Tyler Baum picked up the victory on the mound in his first career Friday start, giving up just two runs on three hits across six innings. Meanwhile, the UNC (5-5) offense received at least two hits from seven different players, including a pair of two-run homers from Brandon Riley and Zack Gahagan in the sixth...

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UNC Baseball Tosses Two-Hit Shutout in 10-0 Victory Over High Point

Six pitchers combined to throw a two-hit shutout for the 20th-ranked UNC baseball team on Tuesday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium, as the Tar Heels rolled to a 10-o victory over the High Point Panthers. Taylor Sugg started on the mound and threw the first three innings, while freshman Caden O’Brien was ultimately credited with the first victory of his collegiate career after tossing the next 1.2 innings out of the bullpen. A sacrifice fly from Michael Busch–who had three RBIs in the game–broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth inning and gave the Tar Heels a...

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Ike Freeman’s 10th-Inning Homer Lifts No. 6 UNC Baseball to Series Victory Over South Florida

It took 10 innings–and a blown seven-run lead–but the sixth-ranked UNC baseball team squeaked out a 9-8 victory over the South Florida Bulls Sunday afternoon in Tampa, thanks to a clutch 10th-inning solo shot by sophomore Ike Freeman. The home run by Freeman helped the Tar Heels (2-1) clinch the three-game series between the two teams, while also preventing what would have been a massive meltdown for the ages. Ahead 8-1 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, UNC lost control on the mound and allowed South Florida (1-2) to battle back and tie things up. Four Tar Heel...

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Diamond Heels Even Series vs. South Florida With Blowout Victory

After struggling to find offense in its season-opening loss Friday night, the sixth-ranked UNC baseball team responded Saturday with a loud bang–exploding for six runs in the first inning on the way to a 12-5 win over South Florida. The win evens the series between the two teams, and gives the Tar Heels their first victory of the 2018 season. Sophomore starting pitcher Tyler Baum notched a career-high 10 strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work for UNC, which went 8-for-16 at the plate with runners in scoring position. A trio of Tar Heels–Michael Busch, Brandon Martorano and Zack Gahagan–tallied...

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Late Rally Falls Short as USF Upsets No. 6 UNC Baseball in Season Opener

Friday night’s season opener for the sixth-ranked UNC baseball team saw the Tar Heels put together a late-game rally, but it wouldn’t quite be enough to avoid falling 4-3 on the road to the South Florida Bulls. Sophomore first baseman Michael Busch hit a three-run homer for UNC in the top of the seventh inning to bring the deficit to just one run–but the team wasn’t able to scratch across the elusive game-tying run. The Tar Heels put a pair of runners on base in the eighth inning–and another in the ninth–but USF closer Andrew Perez was able to...

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UNC Releases 2018 Baseball Schedule

The UNC baseball team released its 2018 schedule on Friday afternoon, with the Tar Heels slated to face nine teams that participated in last year’s NCAA Tournament. Head coach Mike Fox and company will take on two of last season’s College World Series participants as well, in ACC opponents Florida State and Louisville. A road series in Tampa against South Florida (Feb. 16-18) will begin the new season for the Tar Heels, who are coming off an incredible season in which they earned the No. 2 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament before a disappointing first-round exit. UNC will...

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