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)
Tar Heels Face NC State in Baseball This WeekendAfter a year off from facing each other in regular season play, UNC will host NC State this weekend in a three game set starting at 7:30 PM on Friday. The two teams will meet again at 6:00 PM on Saturday with the series finale set for Sunday at noon. Both teams enter the game having struggled a bit in ACC play. UNC is 20-13 overall and 7-8 in league play. NC State is 19-12 overall and 7-7 in ACC play. (Tar Heel Blog)
Crucial Rivalry Series With NC State Awaits Diamond HeelsThis weekend, inside the walls of Boshamer Stadium, the heart of the college baseball season is set to begin, as head coach Mike Fox and his Tar Heels welcome their arch-rivals, the NC State Wolfpack, into town for a three-game ACC series with the potential to “make-or-break” the season for both teams. UNC is currently 20-13, with a 7-8 record in ACC play, while the Wolfpack are 19-12 and 7-7 inside the conference. (Chapelboro.com)
Korey Dunbar leads Tar Heels into crucial weekend series with NC StateWhen Korey Dunbar thinks about the rivalry between his Tar Heels and NC State, the first word that leaps to mind is “intensity.” The second word is “Omaha.” Dunbar was a freshman when both Tobacco Road teams played their way into the College World Series. He remembers playing the Wolfpack in TD Ameritrade Park that year, and in Greensboro during last year’s ACC tournament. (WRAL Sports Fan)
No. 22 Carolina Baseball Hosts NC State This WeekendNorth Carolina continues its seven-game homestand Friday when the Tar Heels host longtime rival NC State in the first of a three-game series at Boshamer Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Carolina is 20-13 on the year after midweek wins over No. 18 Coastal Carolina and Liberty. The Wolfpack enters the weekend 19-12 after dropping a midweek contest at Elon on Tuesday. (GoHeels.com)
Matt Harvey strikes out 9 in 6 innings in return from Tommy John surgeryOn Thursday afternoon, Mets wunderkind Matt Harvey returned to the big leagues after a 19-month absence due to Tommy John surgery. And he did not disappoint. In six scoreless innings, Harvey struck out nine Nationals and walked one, allowing three singles and one double. He threw 88 pitches -- he was on a "soft" 90-pitch limit -- including 63 strikes. (CBS Sports)