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UNC Baseball Ready to Toss Out First Pitch of 2018

The sixth-ranked Tar Heels toss out the first pitch of the 2018 season on Friday in Tampa against South Florida. The hype surrounding this North Carolina team is even greater than a season ago, due to a stocked pitching staff headlined by starting right-hander Gianluca Dalatri and ace closer Josh Hiatt, both of whom were tabbed as preseason All-Americans. (Inside Carolina)

Interview with North Carolina baseball coach Mike Fox

There aren’t many in the game better than Mike Fox. In his time as the head baseball coach for The University of North Carolina, Fox has a record of 846-360-1. His Tar Heels have averaged almost 45 wins a season. They’ve made 16 trips to the postseason and been to Omaha 6 times. And oh, by the way, 88 of his former players have been selected in the MLB Draft. (USA Today)

UNC Baseball: Get The Two Back Up

North Carolina returns 80 percent of its innings pitched from last season. That group of pitchers is highlighted by sophomore Gianluca Dalatri, a member of the 55-player preseason Golden Spikes Award watch list, and All-American closer Josh Hiatt. Experienced reliever Hansen Butler also returns after missing last season due to shoulder surgery. (GoHeels.com)

With college baseball on the way, an early look at who could be on the road to Omaha

North Carolina - The tournament’s No. 2 overall seed couldn’t capitalize on the momentum. Davidson stunned them in their own regional. Much of UNC’s talent remains, though. The Tar Heels do have to replace ace J.B. Bukauskas (drafted in the first round), but sophomore right-hander Luca Dalatri and sophomore closer Josh Hiatt are poised to become the new stars. (Omaha World-Herald)

Zack Gahagan set for senior season for Diamond Heels

As he starts his senior season on the baseball team at North Carolina, Zack Gahagan is ready to put an exclamation mark on a college career that he hopes will be the springboard to the major leagues. The former North Henderson star begins his fourth year as a starter in the Tar Heels’ infield with an added 25 pounds he hopes will help him power through some injuries. (Blue Ridge Now)

UNC's Gianluca Dalatri anchors 2018 pitching staff

Mike Fox knew he was getting a good pitcher when Gianluca Dalatri committed to North Carolina in 2014. In his final three years of high school, Dalatri went 30-0 at Christian Brothers Academy in New Jersey and was named the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year twice. But after a game last March, the UNC head coach admitted, "He's better than I thought he was." (Daily Tar Heel)

Wild Card Matt Harvey Could Become Link To Mets’ Postseason Hopes

But if Matt Harvey can provide that link from the front to the back, they might just have the stuff of which postseason dreams are made. He seems ready. The offseason workouts went well, as pitching coach Dave Eiland recently told the media. And Harvey’s picture hasn’t appeared on the gossip pages with any of those high-fashion heartbreakers. (CBS New York)

No. 6 North Carolina Baseball Opens 2018 Season at USF

No. 6 North Carolina opens its 2018 campaign Friday at 7 p.m. with the first of a three-game series against the University of South Florida. The Tar Heels have won their last three season-openers with victories over Seton Hall, UCLA and Kentucky. Friday night will be followed by a 6:30 p.m. meeting on Saturday and a 12 p.m. meeting on Sunday. (GoHeels.com)

Walston: UNC vs NC State - Of course it's a rivalry

When you want to beat a team so you can talk trash, it’s a rivalry. When you want to not lose to a team as badly as you want to beat them, it’s a rivalry. Roy Williams wants to beat NC State at least as much as he wants to beat anybody on the schedule. Mike Fox, too —he threw on a red Carolina Hurricanes sweater for an event a few years ago, but he didn’t like it. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Yankees pitcher Adam Warren is in camp feeling healthy and helpful

The New York Yankees pitching staff will ultimately decide the team’s fate. Throughout the season, starters will rise and fall, conquer and fail. But rarely will they throw any complete games. And often they will leave with multiple innings still to cover. That is likely where Adam Warren will come in. If 2018 is anything like 2017, Adam will get precisely zero starts. (Call to the Pen)

State schools look for another big year on the baseball diamond

UNC has been picked as the favorite to win the ACC’s Coastal Division and is ranked among the top six in the nation in early polls thanks to the return of sophomore Gianluca Dalatri on the mound and last year’s ACC Rookie of the Year Ashton McGee at the plate. Other returning veterans include outfielder Brandon Riley and first baseman Michael Busch. (North State Journal)

Colin Moran embraces opportunity to compete for starting job with Pirates

Josh Bell got a glimpse of Pirates new third baseman Colin Moran, and he made a positive first impression. “From what I've seen last couple days hitting, it's really fine-tuned. He knows what he's doing,” Bell said of Moran's swing. The Pirates are banking on Moran, a nephew of B.J. Surhoff, to provide pop to their batting order and stability at the hot corner. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Josh Hiatt Named to NCBWA Stopper Of The Year Watch List

North Carolina's Josh Hiatt was named to the initial Watch List for the 14th annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I Baseball, the association announced Monday. Hiatt joins Florida's Michael Byrne, Oregon's Kenyon Yovan as three NCBWA finalists from a year ago. (GoHeels.com)

Gianluca Dalatri Named To Golden Spikes Award Watch List

North Carolina sophomore pitcher Gianluca Dalatri has earned a spot on the watch list for the 2018 Golden Spikes Award, USA Baseball announced Friday. During his freshman campaign, the right-handed pitcher went 7-3 with a 3.34 ERA and was named a consensus freshman All-American by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, D1 Baseball and Perfect Game (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels Picked As Coastal Favorites In ACC Baseball Poll

Florida State has been selected as the 2018 ACC baseball preseason favorite in a vote of the league's 14 head coaches, while North Carolina was tabbed as the favorite in the Coastal Division. The Seminoles were picked as the team to beat in the conference. The Tar Heels picked up three votes and Wake Forest received one vote for overall conference champion. (GoHeels.com)

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