Forbes leaned on Hubert Davis when UNC was struggling; baseball now on similar roll

If you’ve watched Carolina’s baseball team emerge from weeks of struggles to finish the regular season with three consecutive ACC series wins and thought that its season trajectory reminds you of the Tar Heels’ men’s basketball team, you aren’t the only one. For Coach Hubert Davis’ basketball team, the low points were the back-to-back road losses to Miami and Wake Forest and the stunning home loss to Pittsburgh. For Coach Scott Forbes’ baseball team, it was losing five consecutive league series before the exam break. They’ve both noticed the similarities. Both rebounded after dealing with early-season criticism of them and their players.More

UNC takes plenty of momentum into postseason after 11–0 win, sweep of FSU

CHAPEL HILL — The expectations are suddenly rocketing up for a Carolina baseball team that is putting it all together at the right time. From Angel Zarate’s first-pitch home run in the first inning, the Tar Heels were in command, combining timely hitting, productive outs, solid defense and good pitching to earn an 11–0 senior-day victory Saturday over Florida State at Boshamer Stadium for their first ACC shutout of the season.More

UNC continue post-exam surge to NCAA berth with romp, third straight ACC series win

CHAPEL HILL — If you are going to battle North Carolina’s baseball team, it’s best to do it before the exam break. The Tar Heels, for the second straight season, have gone from a team unlikely to make the NCAA tournament field before exams to earning high marks with the selection committee. After losing five consecutive ACC series before the break, the Tar Heels defeated Florida State 10–4 on Friday night to clinch their third successive league series and put them in a good position for a postseason berth.More

Solid pitching sends Heels into exam break with big victory

CHAPEL HILL — If North Carolina is going to turn the season around, the Tar Heels will do it with the kind of pitching that Wednesday threw them into the exam break in dominant fashion. With nearly a week in between games, Coach Scott Forbes used his top two starters, right-hander Max Carlson and left-hander Brandon Shaeffer, and they followed up good outings last weekend by holding Liberty in check.More

Another big UNC offensive day neutralized by giving up big home runs

CHAPEL HILL — Power surges have short-circuited North Carolina in recent weeks and Georgia Tech played the long (ball) game well. Homer runs, two of the five from designated hitter Tim Borden II, drove in every Yellow Jackets run in their 11–8 victory Sunday at Boshamer Stadium as Tar Heels pitching has given up 30 home runs in the last 12 games.More

Carolina’s bats get hot but pitching woes doom Heels against Jackets

CHAPEL HILL — It’s hard to win in the rugged ACC without good pitching and North Carolina continues to struggle to find any since the league season started. A Tar Heels staff that had one of the best ERAs in the country and a low walk rate during the non-conference season has seen those numbers flip in league play, and that continued Friday night.More

UNC hosts Michigan in ACC-Big Ten Challenge

By R.L. Bynum North Carolina will face Michigan at home next season in the 23rd ACC-Big Ten Challenge as the Tar Heels try to end a three-game losing streak in the event. The game will be on the third of three nights of the Challenge on Wednesday, Dec. 1. You can probably bet on a…More

After surreal sixth inning, Texas Tech pulls away from UNC

By R.L. Bynum It was a frustrating night in west Texas for North Carolina. And you don’t need one review, or even two, to confirm that. There were frustrations with the strike zone and a crazy sixth inning that had the potential to be big for the Tar Heels, who trailed by a run at…More

Stewart adds offensive punch as Love pitches UNC to NCAA win

By R.L. Bynum Could Will Stewart provide the extra factor that propels North Carolina to a decent run in the NCAA baseball tournament? Stewart, a freshman who had been out since March 14 because of a hamate injury, went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs, Brett Centracchio went 3-for-4 and Danny Serretti was 2-for-5 with…More

UNC headed to Lubbock Region as a No. 3 seed

By R.L. Bynum After a satisfying victory over N.C. State in the ACC tournament, North Carolina will try to build on that momentum this week at the Lubbock Regional in Texas as the No. 3 seed in that region. According to the NCAA tournament committee, UNC was one of the last four teams to make…More