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A series again: Wolfpack, Tar Heels look for consistency on diamond

North 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 Weekend

After 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 Heels

This 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 State

When 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 Weekend

North 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 surgery

On 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)

No joke: Matt Harvey has 'Dark Knight' carved into his bat

Yes, we know Matt Harvey is a pitcher and hitting isn't really the most important part of his day. But, come on, the dude has "Dark Knight" on the knobs of his bats. That's fantastic. Harvey was anointed as "The Dark Knight" by Sports Illustrated during his breakout 2013 season. It stuck, and apparently Harvey likes it enough to put on his bats. Here they are, as captured by Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post: (Yahoo! Sports)

The hype around Matt Harvey finally becomes reality

There were many moments along the way for Matt Harvey in 2013, a lot of pit stops and weigh stations between the first win of the year over the Padres and the Dark Knight cover of Sports Illustrated, between the All-Star Game and that dreadful day against Detroit in August when the elbow screamed “Enough!” But this was The Moment. (New York Post)

No. 22 Tar Heels Blank Liberty, 6-0

Elijah Sutherland's bases-clearing double in the sixth broke open a 1-0 game and No. 22 North Carolina blanked visiting Liberty 6-0 Wednesday night at Boshamer Stadium. Hunter Williams worked six innings for his third straight midweek win and Korey Dunbar clubbed his fourth home run of the year for the Tar Heels, who improved to 20-13 with the win. (GoHeels.com)

Key injuries hurt UNC baseball

While junior reliever Reilly Hovis — who was second on the team last season with 81 strikeouts — has dealt with a forearm issue, the rest of the bullpen has struggled to live up to lofty preseason expectations. Senior Trevor Kelley and freshman Nick Raquet have been the lone bright spots, while veteran reliever Chris McCue has struggled to return to form after a season-ending injury last season. (Daily Tar Heel)

No. 22 Tar Heels Beat No. 18 Coastal Carolina, 9-3

Adam Pate reached base five times and finished a triple shy of the cycle as No. 22 North Carolina beat No. 18 Coastal Carolina 9-3 Tuesday night at Boshamer Stadium. Tyler Ramirez added three hits for the Tar Heels, who avenged a 13-2 loss to Coastal in winning their second game in a row. Carolina continues its seven-game homestand Wednesday night at 6 against Liberty. (GoHeels.com)

Matt Harvey is back for the Mets ... And better than before

Matt Harvey has been a force possessed this spring. A pitcher breaking the conventional wisdom about those that tip-toe their way back from Tommy John surgery. A re-awakened star ready to impose himself on New York and the sport again. His reemergence mirrors what the Mets hope will be their own. (NJ.com)

This Week With Mike Fox

Inside Carolina interviewed UNC head coach Mike Fox after his team won one of three at Clemson over the weekend. The Tar Heels are 18-13 (7-8 ACC) as they enter a home-stand with a pair of mid-week games against Coastal Carolina and Liberty before the NC State series. (Inside Carolina)

Seven Tar Heels On MLB Opening Day Rosters

Seattle Gold Glove third baseman and American League All-Star Kyle Seager headlines a group of seven former UNC baseball players on 2015 Major League Baseball Opening Day rosters. Seager, who signed a seven-year contract extension in November, will be joined in the Mariners starting lineup by former teammate Dustin Ackley. Ackley is expected to be Seattle's starting left fielder in 2015. (GoHeels.com)

No. 18 Tar Heels Score Wild 8-7 Win

Tyler Ramirez drove in five runs and blasted his fourth home run of the year and No. 18 North Carolina held on for a wild 8-7 win over Clemson Sunday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. UNC rallied from a 4-0 hole to lead 8-4 in the seventh after the Ramirez homer, but Clemson got the tying runs aboard in the ninth against Trent Thornton. The UNC junior struck out Reed Rohlman and Chris Okey to end it. (GoHeels.com)

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