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Storylines: Tar Heels On MLB Rosters

A look at the Tar Heels on MLB opening day rosters and the major 2014 storylines for each player: Dustin Ackley, Seattle Mariners. After a disappointing first half of 2013 that saw him sent down to AAA Tacoma, Ackley quietly had a very solid second half of the year. That's continued this spring, as he's moved to left field and hit over .400 in spring training. (GoHeels.com)

Monday Baseball Report

Two weeks ago UNC was sitting at 14-5. The early season struggles that saw the Heels open the year 1-3 seemed to be passing. UNC had gone 11-2 and the boat appeared to have been righted. Apparently not. Since then, UNC has gone 1-7 losing two out of three versus Georgia Tech, then a midweek game to Winthrop and finally getting swept by Duke for the first time since 1994. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC relying on Zengel’s bat

The Tar Heels have never needed Tom Zengel more than they’ve needed him this year. UNC (15-12, 5-7 ACC ) is approaching dangerous territory. The Tar Heels have lost six consecutive games — including their first weekend sweep against Duke since 1994 . And in an offense that has sputtered at times like a faulty engine, Zengel has served as one of its few spark plugs. (Daily Tar Heel)

No. 18 Carolina Drops Series Finale At Duke, 6-4

Duke completed its first sweep of North Carolina in 20 years with a 6-4 win over the visiting Tar Heels Sunday afternoon at Jack Coombs Field. Michael Russell and Wood Myers had two hits apiece for Carolina, which dropped its sixth in a row to fall to 15-12 and 5-7 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. (GoHeels.com)

No. 18 Tar Heel Baseball Falls To Duke In 12, 9-8

Ryan Deitrich's game-winning single in the bottom of the 12th gave Duke a series-clinching 9-8 win over No. 18 North Carolina Saturday at Jack Coombs Field. Carolina had leads of 6-1 and 8-6 but could not hold off the Blue Devils. Korey Dunbar had three hits, and Michael Russell and Tom Zengel clubbed back-to-back home runs to lead the Tar Heel offense. (GoHeels.com)

Mariners' Dustin Ackley Having a Strong Spring

The old adage that stresses a need to disregard spring-training stats generally holds true. Generally. Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley sees it differently. That he entered the spring’s final two games at 26-for-64 (.406) is, he believes, an affirmation of his 2013 second-half breakthrough. "It’s huge," he said. “To come in here and have this success is exactly what I needed." (Seattle News Tribune)

No. 18 Tar Heels Come Up Short At Duke, 3-2

Drew Van Orden struck out 12 batters in eight innings and Duke held off a late rally to hand No. 18 North Carolina a 3-2 loss Friday afternoon at Jack Coombs Field. Trent Thornton allowed just three runs (two earned) in seven innings but took his first loss of 2014 as the Tar Heels dropped their fourth in a row for the first time since 2010. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels not off to great start, but not panicking

When told that losses by the UNC baseball team tend to catch people off guard, coach Mike Fox looked at the bright side. “That’s a good thing, I guess,” Fox said, figuring that means his team continues to win on a consistent basis. North Carolina holds a 15-8 record, which is respectable on many fronts. Just that the Tar Heels haven’t been just an average team for most of the past decade. (Gaston Gazette)

No. 18 Tar Heels Fall To Winthrop, 3-1

Michael Patrick's three-run homer in the top of the second held up and No. 18 North Carolina fell to visiting Winthrop 3-1 Wednesday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. Carolina loaded the bases with nobody out in the first but managed just one run, and Winthrop pitchers Zach Sightler and Josh Strong kept the Tar Heels at bay the rest of the game. (GoHeels.com)

Monday Baseball Report

For UNC the losses are on the field were not nearly as bad as the loss in the bullpen. UNC announced on Monday that closer Chris McCue would be out indefinitely after having a procedure to "treat a blood clot in his right shoulder." McCue had been rock solid with seven saves and a 0.77 ERA in 11.2 innings so far this season. He also struck out 14. (Tar Heel Blog)

Dustin Ackley confident, ready for season

The Dustin Ackley the Mariners have seen this spring is the one they thought they were drafting No. 2 overall in 2009. Ackley is hitting at a high clip, finding the gaps, getting on base and even driving in a few runs. Ackley has a hit in 17 of 19 games, leads the Cactus League in hits, and is ranked in the top 10 in doubles, on-base percentage and total bases. (MLB.com)

Look For Mariners Third Baseman Kyle Seager To Turn it Up This Year

Kyle Seager is a lock for third base. And with good reason, last season he turned in a pretty good card. 2013 was Seager’s second full season, and he didn’t disappoint, he posted a triple slash of .260/.338/.426 and was instrumental in providing run support over the season. (Sodo Mojo)

No. 12 Carolina Falls In Nightcap, 9-1

Georgia Tech secured a series win with a 9-1 victory over No. 12 North Carolina Saturday night at Boshamer Stadium. Matt Grimes and Zac Ryan limited the Tar Heels to just one first-inning run in completing a doubleheader sweep. Landon Lassiter and Tom Zengel had two hits apiece for the Tar Heels, who return to action Wednesday against Winthrop. (GoHeels.com)

Georgia Tech Outlasts No. 12 UNC In 13, 6-5

Georgia Tech scored twice in the top of the 13th and the Yellow Jackets won a marathon first game of Saturday's doubleheader 6-5 over No. 12 North Carolina at Boshamer Stadium. The two teams had 15 hits each but neither squad could score in extras until the 13th. Wood Myers had five hits to lead Carolina in a losing effort. (GoHeels.com)

Steadily improving, Alex White likely to stay in Florida

When the Astros break camp next week and head to Texas for the start of the regular season, right-hander Alex White will likely stay at Osceola County Stadium and continue his rehab from Tommy John surgery. White made Houston's Opening Day roster a year ago before injuring his elbow in an exhibition game at Minute Maid Park. (MLB.com)

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