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 …

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 …

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 …

Tar Heels in MLB: Harvey, Bard off to good pitching starts; Moran blasts homer, hitting .300

By R.L. Bynum Matt Harvey got the sort of start he can build on as he tries to put together a bounce-back season with the Baltimore Orioles. He gave up six hits and two earned runs in 4⅔ innings, but he struck out four and overcame some bad luck as the Orioles won at Boston …

Tar Heels in MLB: Bard, Harvey among big Opening Day stories

By R.L. Bynum The two big Opening Day stories for former Tar Heels are right-handed pitchers Daniel Bard and Matt Harvey, both in their 30s, with plenty of hope entering the season. Bard, 35, will be the Colorado Rockies’ closer and Harvey is getting another chance to prove himself, this time as the No. 2 …

Pack rolls over UNC on tough night for Heels ace Love

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — Starting pitching has a way of sending momentum built in a young season the opposite direction in a hurry for one night. That happened convincingly Friday night when previously reeling N.C. State rode a complete game from right-hander Reid Johnston (2–0) and North Carolina ace Austin Love (4–1) battled …

Love’s 6 no-hit innings, Roberts’ blasts power UNC’s Opening Day rout

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina sent two clear and powerful messages as the Scott Forbes era started with a bang on a chilly Opening Day at Boshamer Stadium: Don’t try to sneak a first-pitch breaking ball by Caleb Roberts and don’t think that you can get around on Austin Love’s fastball. James …

Little changes with Forbes taking over UNC program, including high expectations

By R.L. Bynum As strange as it will be to look over in North Carolina’s dugout and not see Mike Fox after 22 seasons, don’t expect many other differences in the baseball program under first-year head coach Scott Forbes. After 19 seasons on Fox’s staff, not much will change, including the high expectations Forbes has …