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NCAA Regional Preview: #3 UNC vs #2 Long Beach State

For the first time since 2010 and only the second time since 2005, the Tar Heels are on the road for an NCAA baseball regional. Third-seeded UNC opens play in the Gainesville Regional against the #2 seed Long Beach State. Mike Fox will send ace Trent Thornton to the mound in hopes of getting the Heels into the winner's bracket of the four team, double-elimination event. (Tar Heel Blog)

Mike Fox, Underdog Tar Heels Prepare For NCAAs

The third-seeded North Carolina baseball team, 34-25 overall, will embark on the Road to Omaha when it faces second-seeded Long Beach State, sporting a 32-24 record, Friday at 1 p.m. at McKethan Stadium in Gainesville, Florida. The Dirtbags are no strangers to the postseason stage. Long Beach State has made 20 appearances in the NCAA Tournament. (Chapelboro.com)

Three Strikes: Gainesville Regional

The Diamond Heels open NCAA Tournament when they take on Long Beach State today at 1 p.m. (Watch on ESPN3). The challenge before them is formidable: Carolina is in a group with CAA champion College of Charleston (who took two of three from the Tar Heels on opening weekend), SEC champion and No. 2 national seed Florida and the Dirtbags, who won nine of their last ten. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels head to Gainesville as underdog

Despite the Tar Heels finishing their season nearly one loss away from starting summer vacation early, they’re in the 64-team NCAA Tournament field. Their underdog mentality cultivated throughout an unusual season plays to their advantage, a willingness to do whatever it takes to stay alive. “I think it’s the mantra of the season,” sophomore Skye Bolt said. (Carolina Blue)

2014 Regionals preview: Gainesville

North Carolina has had a rather strange campaign this spring. The Tar Heels typically are being talked about in the national seed discussion. This time, though, we were wondering if they'd make it into the field of 64 as a bubble team. UNC has talent and could be a surprise team in this NCAA Regional. (Perfect Game)

Tale of the Tape: Gainesville Regional

Here are how the four teams in the Gainesville Regional of the NCAA Baseball Tournament stack up to each other. Long Beach State has just six home runs on the season but was tied for 13th nationally with 21 triples. That is probably owed somewhat to the dimensions of the Dirtbags' home park. (Tar Heel Blog)

Tar Heels look more like underdogs, but confidence stays intact for NCAA baseball tourney

With the NCAA Tournament beginning today at 16 sites around the country, it’s strange to put North Carolina in the category of underdog. The Tar Heels hope to turn that around, realizing that as one of the last teams selected for the field of 64 that it could be a steep climb, beginning this afternoon against Long Beach State at Gainesville, Fla. There’s another way to look at it for the Tar Heels. (Burlington Times News)

Falcons on the Infield

As teammates at Jordan High School, Wood Myers and Alex Raburn talked about playing together at North Carolina. Now that it’s finally happened, they want to make sure it continues a few weeks longer. Myers and Raburn will patrol the infield for the Tar Heels today when they open NCAA Tournament play against Long Beach State in the Gainesville Regional (1 p.m., ESPN3.com). (Durham Herald-Sun)

Gainesville Regional Preview

The third-seeded Tar Heels open NCAA Tournament play against No. 2 seed Long Beach State on Friday at 1pm (ESPN3). With the No. 2 national seed, Florida is a strong favorite to make it to Omaha. The Gators had the No. 1 strength of schedule of any team in college baseball and still managed to win 40 games. (Inside Carolina)

Video: UNC Baseball NCAA Regional Preview

North Carolina baseball head coach Mike Fox and players are ready for this weekend's NCAA tournament regional in Gainesville, Florida. View Video...

Carolina Opens NCAA Play With Long Beach State

North Carolina begins its pursuit of an 11th trip to the College World Series when the Tar Heels face Long Beach State Friday at 1 p.m. at McKethan Stadium on the campus of the University of Florida. The Tar Heels are in a regional for the 13th consecutive season after finishing the regular season with a record of 34-25. LBSU enters the postseason with a 32-24 record. (GoHeels.com)

Michael Russell Named Third-Team Louisville Slugger All-America

North Carolina junior shortstop Michael Russell was named to the 2014 Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American baseball third team, the Collegiate Baseball newspaper announced Thursday. A native of Huntersville, North Carolina, Russell has hit a team-high .345 in 57 games in leading the Tar Heels to a spot in the NCAA Gainesville Regional this weekend. (GoHeels.com)

2014 Gainesville Regional Preview

A year after earning the No. 1 national seed and reaching the final four at the College World Series, North Carolina saw its offensive output plummet from 7.6 runs per game to 5.2 (133rd in the nation). The Tar Heels won just one series all year against an NCAA tournament team (Maryland), but they still finished .500 in the ACC and snuck into the Gainesville Regional (the same regional site where their 2005 season ended). (Baseball America)

Despite hitting for cycle, Brian Holberton's focus remains on growth

As notable as hitting for the cycle last week was to Brian Holberton, it’s the growth in his game that is making this a memorable season for the Quad-Cities catcher. A ninth-round selection of the Astros in the 2013 draft from North Carolina, Holberton finds himself still adjusting to working behind the plate as he works his way through his second professional season. (Quad City Times)

Tar Heels' perseverance pays off

For the UNC baseball team, just getting into the NCAA tournament isn't normally the goal. Generally, the Tar Heels are in contention to host a regional or be a national seed. However, this year the team did not perform as well as expected, and had to wait just to hear their name called when the field was announced. Perseverance was the key for this ball club said coach Mike Fox. (WRAL Sports Fan)

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