Former Stone Bridge pitcher J.B. Bukauskas a key member of UNC's starting rotationBeing a first round draft pick, signing a contract potentially worth seven figures, and getting to play professional baseball were all within reach of a budding Stone Bridge pitching prospect in 2014. J.B. Bukauskas, however, turned down that incredible opportunity in favor of playing collegiately at the University of North Carolina. (VivaLoudoun)
Chris Iannetta delivers walkoff homer in Mariners’ winAfter big performances earlier in the week by Ketel Marte and Dae-Ho Lee against the Rays, catcher Chris Iannetta took his turn in the spotlight on Wednesday, driving an opposite-field walkoff home run in the 11th inning to finish off a series sweep of Tampa Bay for Seattle. Iannetta has been a key part of the Mariners’ revamped offense this season. (MyNorthwest.com)
No. 20 Diamond Heels Fall At No. 14 UNCW, 6-2Gavin Stupienski and Nick Feight hit back-to-back home runs in a four-run first and Stupienski added another homer in the fifth to lead No. 14 UNCW to a 6-2 win over No. 20 North Carolina Wednesday at Brooks Field. Eli Sutherland hit his fifth homer of the year for the Tar Heels, who out-hit the Seahawks 11-8 but left 15 men on base in falling to 31-18 on the season. (GoHeels.com)
Yankees' Andrew Miller cracks in new roleAndrew Miller might be the best closer in the American League who doesn't hold the job title. Not anymore, anyway. Such is life when you play for a team that employs Aroldis Chapman. Coming into Tuesday Miller hadn't allowed an earned run yet this season, an unblemished 11.2 innings that featured 20 strikeouts and one walk as the Yankees' ninth-inning guy. (NJ.com)
Video: UNC Athletics Tar Heel Yard Sale PreviewThe University of North Carolina Athletic Department will hold a surplus equipment Yard Sale on Saturday, May 14, from 7 a.m.-noon at the Eddie Smith Field House.
Video: UNC Baseball Tops ECU 9-1 - HighlightsA.J. Bogucki worked 4.1 scoreless innings of relief and Tyler Ramirez hit his team-leading eighth home run of the season as No. 20 North Carolina beat East Carolina 9-1 Tuesday night at Boshamer Stadium.
No. 20 Tar Heels Beat No. 21 Pirates, 9-1A.J. Bogucki worked 4.1 scoreless innings of relief and Tyler Ramirez hit his team-leading eighth home run of the season as No. 20 North Carolina beat East Carolina 9-1 Tuesday night at Boshamer Stadium. Logan Warmoth and Brandon Riley had three hits each for the Tar Heels, who swept the season series from the Pirates and outscored them 26-5 in the process. (GoHeels.com)
UNC Athletics Tar Heel Yard SaleThe UNC Athletic Department will hold a Yard Sale on Saturday, May 14, from 7 a.m. to noon at the Eddie Smith Field House. Merchandise bags will be provided to customers as they enter the building. Only small purses will be permitted inside the facility. Visit GoHeels.com for more details. Please see our map for recommended parking to this event. (UNC.edu)
No. 20 UNC Baseball Hosts ECU, Visits UNCW This WeekNo. 20 UNC plays its final non-conference games of the year this week when the Tar Heels face No. 21 East Carolina and UNCW. The Tar Heels host the Pirates on Tuesday at 6 p.m. before traveling to Wilmington for a 6 p.m. start on Wednesday. UNC is 30-17 on the year after a 2-2 week with wins over VCU and No. 5 Louisville. ECU is 30-16-1, while UNCW is 33-11. (GoHeels.com)
UNC baseball set for rematch with ECUFresh off a weekend sweep at Connecticut, ECU’s baseball team will look to keep its momentum going Tuesday and avenge a lopsided defeat from earlier in the season. The Pirates (30-16-1) play at UNC with the first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. UNC beat ECU 17-4 in Greenville on March 15. Davis Kirkpatrick (0-2, 5.48 ERA) is slated to get the nod as the Pirates’ starting pitcher. (Greenville Daily Reflector)
Jacob Stallings: Embracing The GrindBorn in Kansas, but raised in Nashville, Jacob Stallings thought he was destined to be a catcher for the Vanderbilt Commodores. As 2016 begins, he could be latest in a deep line of former Tar Heels to reach major league baseball. Stallings, 25, broke camp in April at Triple-A Indianapolis in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ organization, one injury away from PNC Park. (DNA of Sports)
This Week in UNC Baseball with Mike FoxSunday was a special day for the graduating members of this team - Eli Sutherland, Chris McCue, Randy McNeill, Cody Stubbs and Chaz Frank all earning their degrees at commencement. How significant is this milestone in their Carolina careers? “It is always a special day for those kids and for me personally and their families. It is the ultimate reason that they enroll at UNC." (Inside Carolina)
Video: UNC Coach Mike Fox on Louisville Series LossIt's walking into the locker room after a hard loss with heads up that makes this year's Diamond Heels different from the rest, according to Mike Fox. UNC's head coach highlighted the team's positive and focused attitudes that persist despite the recent struggles, which is why he's never wanted to see a team find success as much as this one. (Inside Carolina)
UNC must play its way to ACC, NCAA baseball tournamentUNC started the season strong. It didn't look like the Diamond Heels would need that high-character and unwavering ability to move past losses at 18-2. But now, Mike Fox's team is looking at its last two series of the season needing wins to even have a spot in the ACC Tournament and hoping its personality and work ethic pays dividends. (WRAL Sports Fan)
No. 5 Cardinals Take Series Finale In SlugfestCorey Ray had three hits and drove in three runs in support of Kyle Funkhouser as No. 5 Louisville beat No. 17 North Carolina 10-6 Sunday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. Zack Gahagan clubbed his fifth home run for the Tar Heels, who pounded out 11 hits on the day but could not slow down the powerful Louisville offense. (GoHeels.com)