Reilly Hovis Undergoes Tommy John SurgeryUNC junior right-hander Reilly Hovis underwent Tommy John surgery Tuesday morning and will miss the remainder of the 2015 season. The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews. Hovis, who made just two appearances in 2015, was a first-team All-ACC relief pitcher for UNC last season. The Gastonia, native won a team-best nine games and saved six as a sophomore in 2014. (GoHeels.com)
Carolina-UNC Asheville Canceled Due To RainWednesday's baseball game between No. 18 North Carolina and UNC Asheville has been canceled due to heavy rain in the forecast. No makeup date has been announced. Carolina will travel to Blacksburg for a three-game ACC series against Virginia Tech beginning Friday at 5:30 p.m. at English Field. (GoHeels.com)
Video: UNC baseball's rain delay anticsDuring a rain delay against High Point on Tuesday, April 15th the Tar Heels and Panthers competed in a series of impromptu war games. Many good bananas were lost.
For Bob Gersten, 94, It's Always a Good Day for a WalkBob Gersten ’42 has enough memories for several lifetimes, and while he likes to reminisce, at 94 years old he also likes to live in the here and now — and plan for the future. Gersten, the oldest living former UNC baseball and basketball player, hosted the inaugural “Walk for Health” Saturday, where about 75 people walked the mile from the tennis courts behind Cobb dorm to the parking lot of the UNC System’s headquarters on Raleigh Road. (UNC General Alumni Association)
No. 18 Tar Heels Top High Point, 1-0Hunter Williams won his fourth start in a row and Korey Dunbar's RBI double in the second provided the lone run of the game as No. 18 North Carolina beat visiting High Point 1-0 in six innings Tuesday night at Boshamer Stadium. Williams struck out seven and allowed just three hits in a six-inning shutout, with torrential rain ending the game after a 70-minute delay. (GoHeels.com)
Positives Building For UNC BaseballWith both teams looking to make a late-season climb in the standings and a bunch of young players looking to become a part of a storied history, a packed Boshamer Stadium served as the perfect backdrop for a rivalry renewed. “It raises the adrenaline,” UNC reliever Trent Thornton said after striking out a career-high 12 batters on Sunday. “It is awesome having a lot of fans come support you, especially in a rivalry game like this. It’s a lot of fun.” (Inside Carolina)
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)