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Hovis Shuts The Door

One of the major storylines that came out of last year's UNC baseball team was the emergence of right-handed pitcher Trent Thornton as a weapon out of the bullpen. And following a shoulder injury to reliever Chris McCue early in the 2014 season, who the next stopper out of the bullpen would be was a major question. Enter sophomore Reilly Hovis, who took over as the team's closer without missing a beat. (GoHeels.com)

Carolina Tops No. 30 Liberty, 3-1

Adrian Chacon had two hits and an RBI, and four Tar Heel pitchers allowed just one run on four hits as North Carolina beat No. 30 Liberty 3-1 Wednesday night at Boshamer Stadium. Spencer Trayner tossed three scoreless innings of relief for his third win of the year while Reilly Hovis got the final six outs for his fourth save of the season. (GoHeels.com)

UNC pitcher Trent Thornton a mound of intensity

Intense might not be a strong enough adjective to describe North Carolina pitcher Trent Thornton when he's on the mound for the Heels. “If you don’t have emotion and excitement behind what you do then you’re usually not as successful at it and you don’t look like you’re having as much fun either,” said North Carolina head baseball coach Mike Fox. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Video: UNC Coaches Dance to "Happy"

UNC Coaches made a music video to Pharrell Williams "Happy". Originally aired at the 2014 Rammy's on April 14, 2014. View Video...

Pirates Edge Tar Heels, 3-2

Zach Houchins had four hits and Ryan Williams worked the final 4.2 innings out of the bullpen as East Carolina hung on for a 3-2 win over visiting North Carolina Tuesday evening at Clark-LeClair Stadium. Landon Lassiter homered for the Tar Heels, who dropped to 23-18 on the year and will host No. 30 Liberty Wednesday at 6 in Chapel Hill. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels Visit East Carolina Tuesday

North Carolina will conclude a four-game road trip when the Tar Heels visit in-state rival East Carolina Tuesday at 6 at Clark-LeClair Stadium. UNC is 23-17 after beating No. 1 Virginia 4-2 on Sunday, while East Carolina is 24-17 after a Monday night loss to Old Dominion. Sophomore Taylore Cherry will start on the mound for UNC opposite ECU's Reid Love. (GoHeels.com)

For Korey Dunbar, there’s more to life than baseball

Korey Dunbar is a person first, baseball player second. “Like I said, I don’t want baseball to reflect who I am,” he said. “And it doesn’t.” That same gentle smile. “Obviously, it’s a game that I love and it’s a game that I want to take as far as I can in my career. If it works out? Awesome. And if doesn’t? Be a teacher,” he said. “And be the happiest teacher in the world.” (Daily Tar Heel)

Tar Heels Travel To Pirate Country For Tuesday Tilt

The North Carolina baseball team, 23-17 overall, will be looking to build off a victory over top-ranked Virginia with a solid performance at Lewis Field Tuesday evening in Greenville when the Tar Heels take on the East Carolina Pirates, who come into the contest with a 24-17 record. ECU boasts a pair of victories over ACC foes including a 7-0 shutout against N.C. State. (Chapelboro.com)

This Week With Mike Fox

Inside Carolina caught up with head coach Mike Fox after the Diamond Heels (23-17, 10-11 ACC) took one of three games from top-ranked Virginia in Charlottesville. With less than a month to go In the regular season, UNC heads to East Carolina on Tuesday before hosting Liberty on Wednesday and then a weekend series against Virginia Tech. (Inside Carolina)

Monday Baseball Report

UNC's postseason possibilities continue to be somewhat precarious though there has been some improvement in the RPI situation. For the ACC Tournament, the Heels are currently 8th overall and would make the ten team event. On the RPI front, UNC has jumped from languishing in the mid-80s to 47th. The nature of UNC's schedule down the stretch is going to help the RPI. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC drops series, but gains confidence at UVa.

UNC defeated Virginia, 4-2 on Sunday, fending off the country’s No. 1 team, thanks to a two-run home run from junior shortstop Michael Russell in the fifth that broke a 1-1 tie. It was the first lead for UNC in a tightly contested series, and the Tar Heels didn’t relinquish it. “We just need to go out there and have fun and play the game,” said freshman second baseman Wood Myers after the win. (Daily Tar Heel)

Kyle Seager showing signs of turning it around

Through the first 15 games of the season, Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager has struggled at the plate, going hitless in eight of his appearances for a team-low .170 batting average. Of late, the 26-year-old's results during the current road trip indicate progress. He collected his second multi-hit game of the trip -- and season -- on Friday. (Seattle Mariners)

Tar Heels Knock Off No. 1 Virginia, 4-2

Michael Russell hit a two-run homer in the fifth to give Carolina its first lead of the series, and Zac Gallen and Reilly Hovis made it hold up as the Tar Heels beat No. 1 Virginia 4-2 Sunday afternoon at Davenport Field. Gallen rebounded from a rocky start to go 5.1 innings before Hovis retired the final 11 Cavalier hitters to give UNC its first win over a top-ranked team since a sweep of Virginia in 2011. (GoHeels.com)

No. 1 Virginia Tops Carolina, 3-1

Benton Moss allowed just three hits in 7.2 innings of work but Virginia made the most of them as the top-ranked Cavaliers beat North Carolina 3-1 Saturday at Davenport Field. Kenny Towns' two-run homer in the third was the difference as Virginia clinched the series win. All nine UNC starters had hits but the Tar Heels left nine men on base, including seven in the first three innings. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels Fall To No. 1 Virginia, 3-2

Brandon Downes drove in three runs and Nathan Kirby outdueled Trent Thornton as No. 1 Virginia topped North Carolina 3-2 Friday night at Davenport Field. Landon Lassiter and Michael Russell had two hits each for the Tar Heels, who rallied to tie it in the sixth before Virginia scored the game-winner in the bottom half of the frame. (GoHeels.com)

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