TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — A year after working out of the losers’ bracket to win the Chapel Hill Regional, North Carolina couldn’t replicate that magic but made things interesting. UNC rallied from a three-run eighth-inning deficit after No. 2 seed Iowa seized control with Brennen Dorighi’s three-run homer in the fifth inning. The Hawkeyes earned their second victory over UNC in the Terre Haute Regional, ousting the Tar Heels with a 6–5 13-inning victory Sunday afternoon at Bob Warn Field.
Cook makes Top 10 plays for second time by stealing homer; UNC has made segment five times
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Those homer-stealing Tar Heels keep snagging the spotlight. When redshirt freshman right fielder Casey Cook reached his arm over the wall and stole a two-run home run from Wright State’s Julian Greenwell in the fifth inning of UNC’s 5–0 Saturday victory in the Terre Haute Regional, it earned him the No. 9 play on the ESPN “SportsCenter” Top 10 Plays segment.
Horvath, known as ‘Donkey,’ makes ‘swamp time’ pay off with huge 3-run homer
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Swamp time was the right time for slugger Mac Horvath and North Carolina. Before the game, he had the words “SWAMP TIME!” written on the tape that was around his left arm, and “Donkey” — as his teammates call him — proceeded to deliver a key three-run homer in the Tar Heels’ 5–0 victory Saturday over Wright State at Bob Warn Field to stay alive in the Terre Haute Regional.
Struggles at top of order, another short pitching start, send UNC into losers’ bracket
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — A microcosm of why Carolina has struggled at times this season played out in the Tar Heels’ NCAA tournament opener, with the lack of length from starting pitchers and hits with runners in scoring position. Combining those with dominant pitching from Iowa right-hander Marcus Morgan (5–1) and struggles at the top of the Tar Heels’ order dumped them into the losers’ bracket of the Terre Haute Regional but not before making some ninth-inning noise.
UNC starts Knapp in opener vs. Iowa, avoids fireballing All-Big Ten pitcher Brecht
After an impressive performance against No. 11-ranked Virginia last week in the ACC tournament, junior right-hander Jake Knapp will start in Carolina’s NCAA tournament opener on Friday. The Tar Heels (35–22), the No. 3 seed in the Terre Haute Regional, face No. 2-seed Iowa (42–14) at Bob Warn Field at 7 p.m. Friday (ACC Network), with Iowa starting sophomore right-hander Marcus Morgan (4–2, 3.88 ERA).
With two top starters and solid bullpen, UNC has pitching to make postseason run
CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina’s pitching staff has thrown the Tar Heels for a loop many times this season, whether it be short outings from starters or early-season struggles from relievers. After dealing with little stability in the starting rotation most of the season, UNC coach Scott Forbes enters the NCAA tournament confident with the momentum from only two pitchers he knows will start this weekend and a bullpen that has been solid of late.
Honeycutt out for this week’s regionals with lingering lower-back issues
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Carolina headed to Terre Haute, Ind., for NCAA regional play
Carolina will head to Terre Haute, Ind., for NCAA regional play. Host Indiana State (42–15), one of 16 regional hosts and the No. 14 overall seed, will welcome No. 3-seed UNC, No. 4 Wright State (39–21) and No. 2 seed Iowa (42–14).
Clemson ousts Tar Heels from ACC tournament
DURHAM — North Carolina’s pitching didn’t hold up in the early innings in a 10–4 loss to Clemson in the ACC tournament semifinal on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The Tar Heels (35–22) were bounced after winning their two pool-play games, but they couldn’t defend their tournament title from a year ago.
UNC seems destined to be a No. 2 seed if ACC tournament isn’t completed
If rain washes out the rest of the ACC tournament, even Carolina’s big victory over Virginia probably isn’t enough for the Tar Heels to be an NCAA tournament regional host. UNC (35–21) is up to 27th in the RPI after that 10–2 victory over No. 12-ranked Virginia on Thursday, but only 16 teams are hosts.