Video: UNC Beats NC State 16-4 - HighlightsThe Tar Heels were clicking on all cylinders as they handily took game 2 against the Wolfpack, 16-4. UNC got 18 hits led by Logan Warmoth and Tyler Ramirez who combined for 5 hits and 7 RBI. UNC needs a win Saturday to qualify for the ACC Tournament.
How did we get here with Mets’ Matt Harvey?If the Mets could do it all over again, knowing what they know now, after seeing Matt Harvey utterly come apart this season, would they have chosen to shut him down early last September? Or is that merely a smokescreen, an alibi born of convenience, a way of covering for a pitcher unable to fend for himself? (Newsday)
Tar Heels Fail to Convert EarlyDespite chasing N.C. State starting pitcher Cory Wilder in the first inning, North Carolina failed to generate enough offense in dropping its series opener, 6-4, at Doak Field on Thursday. “We had a chance to be ahead more than 2-0,” head coach Mike Fox said after the loss. “I think it would have put a lot of pressure on them." (Inside Carolina)
Bryce Harper may be baseball’s next great star, but he still can’t hit Matt HarveyMatt Harvey has had a rocky start to the season. Luckily for the Dark Knight, he can always count on one man to help break him out of a slump, reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper. Harvey has repeatedly had the three-time All-Star's number. Harper is hitless in 20 career at-bats against the Mets pitcher, striking out seven times. (New York Daily News)
No. 17 Carolina Baseball Falls At No. 13 NCSU, 6-4Joe Dunand and Brock Deatherage had back-to-back run-scoring doubles in a three-run sixth to lift No. 13 NC State to a 6-4 win over No. 17 UNC Thursday at Doak Field. Logan Warmoth tied a career-high with four hits for the Tar Heels, who grabbed an early two-run lead but left the tying runs on base in the ninth in falling to 33-20 and 12-16 in the ACC. (GoHeels.com)
Matt Harvey is a mess, and here’s the Mets’ diagnosisOn a chilly April night in 2013, about when a “Harvey Day” became a can’t-miss city event, Matt Harvey out-pitched Washington’s resident stud, Stephen Strasburg. Mets fans, not afraid to share their opinions, unleashed a Citi Field chorus of “Harvey’s Better! Harvey’s Better!” Now, three years and one month later, Harvey and Strasburg are scheduled to match fastball and breaking stuff again at Citi Field on Thursday. (New York Post)
Tar Heel baseball holds more desperate plight than WolfpackUNC’s baseball team continues to envision the chance to make something special of the season. “Everything is still in play for us,” coach Mike Fox said. “I try not to put too much pressure on them.” Some of that is bound to be evident beginning Thursday in Raleigh, where the Tar Heels embark on a three-game series against NC State to wrap up the ACC regular season. (Burlington Times News)
No. 17 Diamond Heels Head To Raleigh To Close Regular SeasonNo. 17 North Carolina wraps up its regular season schedule this weekend with a three-game series at No. 13 NC State starting Thursday at 6 p.m. at Doak Field at Dail Park. The Tar Heels enter the season’s final regular season series tied for ninth in the ACC standings with Duke, but they are just one game back of Clemson and Wake Forest for sixth. (GoHeels.com)
Kyle Seager enjoys remarkable turnaround after April malaiseSince April 27, Kyle Seager is 26 for 67 (.388 batting average) with eight doubles, two triples, four homers, 14 RBIs and six walks. He's recorded a hit in 17 of his past 21 games. During that stretch, he's tied for first in the American League in extra-base hits (16), is second in OPS (1.136), third in slugging (.734) and tied for third in doubles (eight). (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
UNC Baseball Facing “Do-or-Die” Scenario Against NC StateIt all comes down to this for the UNC baseball team. Three games in Raleigh against its fiercest rival—the No. 13 NC State Wolfpack—with its season on the line. Currently sitting ninth in the tight ACC standings—tied with Duke and just one game ahead in the win column over Boston College and Notre Dame—the Tar Heels find themselves in a bit of a tricky position, able to finish anywhere between fifth and 13th. (Chapelboro.com)
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)