Baseball Series Recap: NC StateNorth Carolina took two games from NC State over the weekend before dropping the Sunday finale. The series highlighted the strengths of Carolina's pitching staff as they allowed only nine runs over the entire weekend. Zac Gallen threw a complete game and allowed only one hit with five strike outs to lead Carolina over the Wolfpack on Friday. (Tar Heel Blog)
This Week With Mike FoxInside Carolina talked with head coach Mike Fox after his team’s series victory over the Wolfpack. The Diamond Heels are 22-14 (9-9 ACC) and host High Point and Asheville in mid-week games before facing Virginia Tech this weekend at Boshamer Stadium. "Two great starts for us. Certainly ones that we needed. Zac's complete game was the first of our season." (Inside Carolina)
No. 22 Carolina Falls To NC State In Series Finale, 6-3Preston Palmeiro drove in two runs and Ryne Willard scored twice as NC State topped No. 22 North Carolina 6-3 Sunday at Boshamer Stadium. Trent Thornton matched a career high with 10 strikeouts in six innings of relief but the Tar Heels were unable to rally against the Wolfpack. Joe Dudek had three hits to lead UNC, which opens another five-game week Tuesday against High Point. (GoHeels.com)
Emotions boil on both sides as Tar Heels squeak past Wolfpack in 10th inningNorth Carolina freshman third baseman Zack Gahagan was part of a walkoff situation for the first time in his baseball career, in his second game against North Carolina State. He said the rivalry “has hit me hard.” So after Gahagan was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Tar Heels a 3-2 victory in Saturday night’s second game of a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series at Boshamer Stadium, he figured he has this rivalry figured out. (Burlington Times-News)
Yankees' Adam Warren makes strong 1st impression vs. Boston Red SoxNot a bad first impression. Yankees starting pitcher Adam Warren gave his club a stellar outing Saturday against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium Saturday afternoon. But when he left, he was trailing. And though he shared some of the blame, the Yankees would take that type of performance from any of their starters right now. Perhaps most especially from Warren. (NJ.com)
Toronto Blue Jays’ Prospect Chaz Frank is an Excellent Role PlayerEvery baseball team has role players; guys who can come in and fill numerous roles adequately. Outfielder Chaz Frank definitely prides himself on being just that kind of guy. While mastering the lost arts of bunting for base hits and being an effective base runner, the young outfielder was one of the Lansing Lugnuts’ most exciting players to watch last season. (Baseball Essential)
Video: UNC-NC State Baseball Game 2 HighlightsZack Gahagan was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th to force in the deciding run as No. 22 North Carolina secure a series win with a 3-2 victory over NC State Saturday night at Boshamer Stadium.
No. 22 Carolina Edges NC State 3-2 In Ten InningsZack Gahagan was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th to force in the deciding run as No. 22 North Carolina secure a series win with a 3-2 victory over NC State Saturday night at Boshamer Stadium. Tommy DeJuneas walked the bases loaded before hitting Gahagan with an 0-1 fastball to score Skye Bolt from third, giving the Tar Heels their fifth straight win. (GoHeels.com)
Return of the King: Falling in Love With Matt Harvey All Over AgainMatt Harvey’s Tommy John surgery was so long ago, and his return so wildly anticipated, that it almost feels like he’s been back for a while now. But he hasn’t, and in a post-Jeterian New York sports landscape, Harvey’s first start since August 24, 2013, elevated an April getaway day game to an event that captured the national imagination. (Grantland)
Gallen’s pitching, Bolt’s homer lift Tar Heels past Wolfpack in baseballNorth Carolina pitcher Zac Gallen didn’t really have a good way to describe Friday night’s outing against rival North Carolina State. Gallen tamed the Wolfpack with a six-hitter and teammate Skye Bolt provided a game-winning home run for a 2-1 victory in Atlantic Coast Conference baseball at sold-out Boshamer Stadium. "I don’t have words for it,” Gallen said. “I just went out there and felt all right.” (Burlington Times-News)
Zac Gallen's Persistence Pays OffZac Gallen needed just 112 pitches to notch his first career complete game in North Carolina’s 2-1 victory over rival N.C. State on Friday night. Inconsistency has at times plagued Gallen during his sophomore season. In his eight appearances (six as a starter), Gallen has recorded a 2-2 record and a 2.92 ERA. (Inside Carolina)
It's been a long time since Adam Warren started a game, and he's ready to goWhen Adam Warren takes the hill against Boston on Saturday, it will have been 561 days since his last regular-season start. That game came a day after Mariano Rivera's Yankee Stadium farewell (and final game), and months before Alex Rodriguez would serve a single day of his season-long suspension. It was, in baseball terms, a really long time ago. And Warren felt every single bit of it. (Newsday)
Video: UNC-NC State Game 1 HighlightsSkye Bolt's seventh-inning homer made a winner out of Zac Gallen as No. 22 North Carolina topped NC State 2-1 Friday night at Boshamer Stadium. Gallen needed just 112 pitches in his first career complete game as the sophomore right-hander struck out five and walked just one over nine innings.
Zac Gallen Pitches No. 22 UNC Past NC State, 2-1Skye Bolt's seventh-inning homer made a winner out of Zac Gallen as No. 22 North Carolina topped NC State 2-1 Friday night at Boshamer Stadium. Gallen needed just 112 pitches in his first career complete game as the sophomore right-hander struck out five and walked just one over nine innings. Gallen (2-2) threw first-pitch strikes to 23 of 35 batters and only allowed one extra-base hit. (GoHeels.com)
A series again: Wolfpack, Tar Heels look for consistency on diamondNorth Carolina State and North Carolina finally meet in another Atlantic Coast Conference baseball series and both teams would like to rediscover the type of consistency that often defined their play two years ago. “I wouldn’t say we’re playing bad,” N.C. State catcher Andrew Knizner said. “I’d say we want to play better.” The three-game series begins tonight at Boshamer Stadium, the Wolfpack’s first visit to Chapel Hill since 2012. (Burlington Times-News)