No. 13 Tar Heels Drop Opener Against Virginia, 7-4Nate Eikhoff landed the decisive blow with a three-run triple in the third inning, and No. 25 Virginia held on for a 7-4 win over No. 13 North Carolina Friday at Davenport Field. UNC got the tying run to the plate twice in the late innings, but Kevin Doherty and Tommy Doyle combined to get the last nine outs and make a winner out of UVA starter Connor Jones. (GoHeels.com)
UNC Renews Rivalry With VirginiaThe North Carolina Tar Heels will be back in action on Friday night against the Virginia Cavaliers. The No. 15 Tar Heels are coming off of a dominating 15-0 win over No. 8 South Carolina on Wednesday night. Friday marks the 293rd meeting between the two longtime Atlantic Coast Conference rivals. The Tar Heels have played Virginia on the diamond more than any other team in history. (Chapelboro.com)
Virginia aims to get back on track in ACC play versus UNCThe last time Virginia entered a baseball series with North Carolina, the Cavaliers had to take it in order to ensure a 12th consecutive NCAA Tournament berth. Nearly 11 months later, the Wahoos welcome the Tar Heels to Davenport Field without quite as much pressure. (Charlottesville Daily Progress)
Virginia Plays Host to No. 13 UNC This WeekendThe Virginia baseball team plays host to No. 13 North Carolina Friday through Sunday in a three-game ACC series at Davenport Field. The rivals play at 6 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday and Noon Sunday. (Virginia Sports)
Mariners catcher Chris Iannetta brings his own wine to the NorthwestWine has always been in the Iannetta blood, going all the way back to Italy. So it’s little surprise that Mariners catcher Chris Iannetta got his first taste for vino from his grandfather. “Back in Italy, everyone in town made wine. When he came over here he did the same thing,” Iannetta said. But it wasn’t until Iannetta made it to the majors that his own love of wine — and connection to his past — was awakened. (MyNorthwest.com)
Video: UNC Baseball Players Joke Around During 15-0 Rout Of South CarolinaUNC baseball players Utah Jones, Jason Morgan and bullpen catcher Randy McNeill joke around in the background of coach Mike Fox's in-game interview during the Tar Heels' 15-0 rout of South Carolina.
A royal blowout in the Queen City: Tar Heels hammer Gamecocks, 15-0Crowd loyalties were equally divided in the little jewel of a downtown ballpark, with South Carolina garnet stretching down the first-base line, and North Carolina blue extending down the third....A marquee non-conference matchup turned into the poorest effort this season for the fifth-ranked Gamecocks, who were helpless to slow No. 14 North Carolina in a stunning 15-0 loss before a capacity crowd of 10,205 at BB&T Ballpark in the Queen City. (Charleston Post and Courier)
Turner's Take: Get To The Good StuffAs much as we'd like, let's not blow Wednesday's 15-0 win out of proportion: it was a single, non-conference, midweek game. Neither team's Friday night starter took the mound, and both teams have important road series beginning tomorrow. But the Carolina team that took home the resounding victory can take a lot of momentum into the back half of the conference slate. (GoHeels.com)
UNC baseball thumps South Carolina in Charlotte on WednesdayThe North Carolina baseball team opened the season with back-to-back series wins against top-20 opponents, taking two of three games against then-No. 9 UCLA and sweeping No. 16 Oklahoma State. That stretch seemed like a distant memory for the No. 13 Tar Heels heading into Wednesday’s game against No. 7 South Carolina. UNC started the season with an 18-2 mark — the third-best 20-game start under Coach Mike Fox — but had since gone 5-7. (Daily Tar Heel)
Tar Heels manhandle Gamecocks in baseball battle of the CarolinasSouth Carolina had an opportunity to make a statement on the national stage against North Carolina Wednesday night in Charlotte. The only impression the Gamecocks made was a negative one. No. 5 USC was pounded 15-0 by the 14th-ranked Tar Heels in front of a sellout crowd of more than 10,000 fans and a national TV audience on ESPNU . (The State)
No. 13 Diamond Heels Pound No. 2 Gamecocks, 15-0Hunter Williams pitched 6.1 innings of scoreless baseball and No. 13 North Carolina pounded No. 2 South Carolina 15-0 Wednesday night at BB&T Ballpark. Eli Sutherland's three-run double in the fourth started a flood of runs in front of a sellout crowd of 10,205, the most fans ever to watch a regular season college game in the state of North Carolina. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Tar Heels Pound Gamecocks 15-0 in Charlotte, N.C.Hunter Williams pitched 6.1 innings of scoreless baseball and No. 13 North Carolina reached double figures in runs for the 13th time this season as the Tar Heels pounded No. 2 South Carolina 15-0 at BB&T Ballpark.
Fedora, Surhoff To Compete In Chick-fil-A ChallengeHead football coach Larry Fedora and former baseball great B.J. Surhoff will represent North Carolina in the ninth annual Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament. The duo will compete for a share of a $540,000 total purse, and the team’s winnings will be split between the UNC Children’s Hospital and an endowed scholarship at UNC. (GoHeels.com)
Gamecocks, Tar Heels converge on Charlotte for rare regular season baseball clashChad Holbrook spent nearly two decades at UNC as a player and a coach. He was an All-ACC player there, he set the stolen base record there, he made three College World Series trips there. He and his wife Jennifer had their two sons in Chapel Hill. But none of that will matter Wednesday, when South Carolina and North Carolina face off. (Charleston Post and Courier)
On-deck: South Carolina vs. North CarolinaSouth Carolina is set to renew its rivalry with border rival North Carolina tonight at 7 p.m. on ESPNU. It’s the first time the two teams have met since the 2013 Super Regional round that saw the Gamecocks drop a pair of one-run decisions to end head coach Chad Holbrook’s first season at the helm. In fact, the last two times the two teams have played were in Chapel Hill Supers with the Tar Heels winning. (The Big Spur)