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This Week With Mike Fox

Coach Fox, can you reflect back on the last week for the Tar Heels? "It was certainly a good week for us, getting a win in all four games. We didn't have an easy time against Appalachian State but we got off to a good start. Some of it they helped us a little bit. Getting an early lead is always good and I think it helped Luis Paula in his first start of the year." (Inside Carolina)

Major league mindset nothing new to Colin Moran

The Marlins are looking for indications this spring that Colin Moran will soon become their solution at third base. They want to see how the sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft responds at bat and in the field in his first big-league camp. There are legitimate questions that will take time to answer. Adjusting to the major league environment is not one of them. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

UNC pitchers excel in series sweep

Coach Mike Fox always says that pitching and defense are the name of the game. With the No. 21 UNC baseball team featuring a much younger lineup than last year’s team, that statement is especially true. After winning all three games against North Florida over the weekend, the defense might still be a work in progress, but the pitching is lights out. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Sweeps Ospreys With Comeback Win

The Tar Heels swept North Florida this weekend with an 8-5 victory on Sunday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. Freshman Zac Gallen earned his first win with a solid 6 innings for the Tar Heels in his third start, allowing six hits and three earned runs while striking out four. Carolina will be back in action on Wednesday, May 5, when the Tar Heels take on Davidson at 3 p.m. (GoHeels.com)

Benton Moss Grounds Ospreys to give Mike Fox 700th Win at UNC

Benton Moss threw his first career complete game and Korey Dunbar launched a two-out grand slam in the sixth to lead No. 17 North Carolina to a series-clinching 5-1 win over North Florida Saturday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. Moss needed just 105 pitches to beat the Ospreys and collect his first win of 2014, which was also win No. 700 for head coach Mike Fox at Carolina. (GoHeels.com)

Dunbar, Thornton Lift Carolina Past North Florida

Korey Dunbar smacked his first career home run and Trent Thornton tossed 7.2 scoreless innings for his third win of the year as No. 17 North Carolina beat North Florida 3-0 in the series opener Friday at Boshamer Stadium. Chris McCue got the final four outs of the game for his third save in as many chances as the Tar Heels improved to 5-3 with their fourth win in a row. (GoHeels.com)

Former Tar Heel Josh Horton returns to UNC as a baseball coach

Coach Mike Fox hired Josh Horton as an undergraduate coach early in the semester along with former catcher Mark Fleury, giving him different responsibilities, but a similar time commitment to his first stint on campus. Horton has had an extra seven years to learn the lessons he didn’t learn from Fox the first time. (Daily Tar Heel)

Marlins’ top pick Colin Moran impresses in debut

The Marlins took a look at a host of minor-leaguers during their 5-2 victory over the University of Miami on Wednesday, and one stood out above the rest. Colin Moran, the sixth overall pick of last June’s draft, singled in his only official at-bat, walked and scored a run and hit a sacrifice fly. The third baseman then made a nice back-handed catch behind the bag with the bases loaded to end the game. (Palm Beach Post)

Audio: Dustin Ackley Talks Mindset In The Batter’s Box

Dustin Ackley began reading parts of the book “The Mental Game of Baseball” last season. Just reading small passages made Ackley realize he needed to get out of his head. So while he was learning to play the outfield at Triple-A Tacoma, he was also rehabilitating his mind. Ackley joined the Steve Sandmeyer Show recently to talk about his new approach. (CBS Seattle)

UNC pitchers get work in blowout

By the time North Carolina baseball’s coach Mike Fox pulled starting pitcher Luis Paula, UNC had a nine-run lead against Appalachian State. Paula wasn’t tired. He didn’t even notice that he’d thrown 113 pitches in 4.2 innings. (Daily Tar Heel)

No. 17 Tar Heels Roll Past Appalachian State, 12-1

No. 17 North Carolina scored six runs in the first and three more in the second to cruise to a 12-1 win over Appalachian State Tuesday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. Parks Jordan, Tom Zengel, Korey Dunbar and Joe Dudek each drove in a pair of runs for the Tar Heels, who will host North Florida in a non-conference series this weekend. (GoHeels.com)

This Week With Mike Fox

Coach Fox, what did you take away from the Xavier series this weekend? “Well, we pitched exceptionally well the whole weekend and of course all you have to do is to look at the scores to see that but to see how important that was for us to be able to win the series while only giving up 5 runs in 27 innings was spectacular. We got three really good starts and some good relief pitching." (Inside Carolina)

Dustin Ackley getting mindset right, swing to follow

Dustin Ackley really likes where his swing is right now. But he likes where his head is even more. If there’s one thing Ackley’s frustrating struggles as a pro have taught him, it’s that the connection between his mental state and his performance is acute. “I don’t care how good your swing is, if your mind’s not 100 percent all in to what you’re doing, you’re not going to be successful," he said. (Seattle Times)

Rally Propels Heels Past Stagnant Start

Mike Fox’s streak of 11 straight home-opening wins fell by the wayside Friday afternoon and the series was on the verge of following suit Sunday until a ninth-inning rally secured a 3-2 victory over Xavier and awoke a struggling offense looking for a spark. “Time will tell on that, we’ll see if it carries over,” Fox told reporters after Sunday’s thrilling finish. (Inside Carolina)

Monday Baseball Report

The Tar Heels are now 3-3 overall and through six games there is a common theme. The pitching is good but the offense lacking. As a team UNC is batting .227 through six games and have just two players batting over .300. Landon Lassister, who was UNC's second best hitter a year ago is currently batting .158. Skye Bolt is batting .211 and has just two RBIs. (Tar Heel Blog)

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