Avent, Pack ready for year-end rivalry seriesNC State enters the final weekend of the regular season having lost six of its last seven baseball games. But ahead of the home finale against North Carolina (33-19, 12-15 ACC), the No. 19 Wolfpack (32-17, 13-12) feels it has continued to play strong baseball despite the recent record. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Photos: UNC coaches attend Colin Moran's MLB debutUNC baseball head coach Mike Fox, associate head coach Scott Forbes, and assistant coach Scott Jackson were on-hand for Colin Moran's Major League Baseball debut on Tuesday night. Former UNC pitcher Chris Munnelly was also among those in attendance.
Baseball Postseason Implications in Play for UNC-NCSUStanding between UNC and postseason tournament play is rival N.C. State. The Tar Heels (33-19, 12-15 ACC) enter their final regular season series tied for ninth place in the ACC standings with Duke. The top 10 teams in the league standings earn invitations to the ACC Baseball Championship next week at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. (Inside Carolina)
UNC baseball 'Bench Mob' goes viral with dugout anticsUNC baseball is usually in the running for an ACC title and a top NCAA seed this time of year, but this season has been a bit different as the diamond Heels are desperately trying to scrape into the postseason. As Monday night showed, they're not exactly overcome with the stress of the situation. (ABC 11)
Colin Moran enjoying promotion to AstrosMoran, a left-handed hitting third baseman, hit .288 with a .747 OPS in 136 plate appearances with Fresno. He was the sixth overall pick in 2013 and was part of the Jarred Cosart trade with the Marlins that also brought the Astros Jake Marisnick and Francis Martes. “Still just trying to soak it in,” said Moran, the nephew of former big leagues Rick and B.J. Surhoff. (Houston Chronicle)
Colin Moran to the show: Iona Prep product joins AstrosWhen the Astros acquired Colin Moran in a trade two years ago, the former Iona Prep star immediately became their presumptive third baseman of the future. That future began Tuesday night in Chicago when Moran joined Houston for its series opener with the first-place White Sox. (Lower Hudson Journal News)
This Week in UNC Baseball with Mike FoxInside Carolina caught up with North Carolina head baseball coach Mike Fox following UNC's weekend series victory against Notre Dame. The Tar Heels (33-19, 12-15 ACC) close their regular season with a crucial Thursday-Friday-Saturday series at N.C. State to determine their postseason outlook. (Inside Carolina)
Mike Fox, Elliot Avent joke about snake biteMike Fox's Tar Heels will get an "ornery," Wolfpack team in this weekend's regular season finale -- NC State hosts UNC after suffering its first three-game sweep of the season. Fox jokes that leader of the Pack Elliot Avent is also ornery. But Fox agrees that he'd be that way, too, if he'd been bitten by a poisonous snake and unable to make the trip to Louisville. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Carolina 8-1, series win brings vital byproduct in final weekUNC's 8-1 series finale win against Notre Dame was just what the Tar Heels needed heading into the last weekend of the regular season. "Everything's still in play for us -- an ACC Tournament title, the NCAA bid, winning a Regional," Mike Fox said he told his team in his standard pregame email. "It's all still in play. I just reminded them, we have to win." (WRAL Sports Fan)
Astros call up third-base prospect Colin Moran from AAAThe Astros are calling up their second prospect from Class AAA Fresno in as many days. Colin Moran will join the team Tuesday in Chicago ahead of its series opener against the White Sox, a source confirmed. Peter Gammons first reported the news Tuesday morning. The Astros have yet to announce the move. (Houston Chronicle)
Video: UNC vs. Notre Dame Baseball HighlightsNo. 20 UNC scored 7 runs in the second inning and never looked back, beating Notre Dame, 8-1. Tyler Ramirez made a spectacular diving catch in center field and Kyle Datres pitched in on offense with three hits including a home run.
Video: UNC Baseball Videobombs Hilarious In-Game InterviewUNC Baseball videobombs a hilarious in-game interview. Watch as several of the Tar Heels are at it again during this interview with pitcher Zac Gallen.
No. 17 Tar Heels Claim Series With 8-1 Win Over Notre DameA.J. Bogucki threw five hitless innings of shutout relief and Kyle Datres hit his third home run of the year as No. 17 UNC closed out its home schedule with a resounding 8-1 win over Notre Dame Monday at Boshamer Stadium. Datres and Brian Miller both had three hits for the Tar Heels, who moved into a tie for ninth place in the ACC entering the season's final weekend. (GoHeels.com)
Zac Gallen named ACC Pitcher of the Week for third time this seasonWake Forest’s Stuart Fairchild has been voted the ACC Baseball Player of the Week, while Louisville’s Zack Burdi and North Carolina’s Zac Gallen were selected as Co-Pitchers of the Week. Gallen allowed just two hits and struck out eight over 8.0 shutout innings to help the Tar Heels to a 3-0 win over Notre Dame Friday night. (The ACC)
North Carolina's 'yard sale' brings the shoppers outNormally items sold -- such as jerseys, shoes and lacrosse sticks -- get forwarded to the state's surplus store because technically, at a public university, the equipment purchased is state property. That is why the Tar Heels didn't just give the jerseys to the former players who used to wear them and it's also why the university had to allow the public equal opportunity to purchase them. (ESPN.com)