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Tar Heels hope Michael Russell can return for baseball opener Friday

Heading into the NCAA Tournament, North Carolina’s pitching rotation is set but its lineup is far from certain. UNC coach Mike Fox said ace Trent Thornton will start when the Tar Heels open play Friday in the Gainesville Regional against Long Beach State (1 p.m., ESPN3.com), while top hitter Michael Russell remains day-to-day with a sore back. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Confident Skye Bolt Believes In Himself, Tar Heels Despite Season Struggles

Skye Bolt certainly had it all clicking a year ago. The sophomore slugger struck lightning in his Carolina freshman year debut. The Georgia native and son of a former college baseball player earned consensus freshman All-America honors by Baseball America, Perfect Game, NCBWA and Louisville Slugger after starting 54 games in the outfield and hitting .321 despite missing a month with a broken foot. (Chapelboro.com)

Rotation Set for Gainesville

Sophomore ace Trent Thornton will start UNC’s opening NCAA Tournament game against Long Beach State on Friday afternoon, head coach Mike Fox announced on Wednesday. Thornton (7-3, 2.24 ERA) has been UNC’s Friday night option all season long, but turned in his worst appearance of the season on Saturday against Maryland. (Inside Carolina)

Tough Competition Awaits Tar Heels in Gainesville

The North Carolina baseball team, 34-25 on the season, will open up NCAA Tournament play Friday at 1 p.m. as the third-seeded team in the Gainesville Regional and will be joined by host and No. 1 seed Florida, No. 2 seed Long Beach State, and No. 4 seed College of Charleston. (Chapelboro.com)

It's Official: UNC Didn't Win an ACC Title in 2013-14

If you are keeping score at home this year marks the first time in UNC's ACC membership a team didn't win at least one ACC championship. UNC last chance to snag a title dissipated Friday night in Greensboro when the Tar Heel baseball team was officially eliminated from ACC Championship contention via a 3-2 loss to Virginia. (Tar Heel Blog)

Colin Moran: A top prospect from a baseball family

During his three years at the Univer­sity of North Carolina, the same school his uncle and brother attended, Moran proved he was already an advanced hitter. Because of his pure hitting ability, the Marlins chose him with their 2013 first round pick, the sixth overall selection in the draft. (Jupiter Courier)

Video: Walt Weiss Interview

Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss joins Jim Rome to discuss going from coaching high school baseball to managing the Rockies, his thoughts on Troy Tulowitzki and Nolan Arenado, and much more. (CBS Sports)

Tar Heels headed to Gainesville Regional

For his first three years at North Carolina, Parks Jordan’s only concern when he watched the NCAA Tournament selection show was which national seed the Tar Heels would receive. The senior has an entirely different experience on Monday. With an RPI of 42 and its most losses since 2001, UNC wasn’t even a lock to make the 64-team field. (Durham Herald-Sun)

NCAA Gainesville Regional Preview

Monday brought the announcement of the NCAA Championship field of 64 and, with it, the news that Carolina would be traveling to the NCAA Gainesville Regional. Here's a quick look at the three teams the Tar Heels will face this weekend. No. 1 Florida is the No. 2 national seed after winning the SEC regular season title by two games and advancing to the conference tournament final. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels Headed To NCAA Gainesville Regional

For the 13th consecutive year, North Carolina will have a chance to play for a spot in the College World Series. The Tar Heels earned an at-large bid and will be the No. 3 seed in the 2014 NCAA Gainesville Regional. UNC will open the event against second-seeded Long Beach State Friday at 1 p.m., with host Florida and CAA champion College of Charleston rounding out the four-team field. (GoHeels.com)

Levi Michael starting to look like a prospect for Twins

This season he's finally looking like a prospect. He's now in his age-23 season, and he's still in Fort Myers, but we're 30 games into the season and he's batting .322/.379/.432. His walk rates are down, but the strikeout rates have been nearly cut in half since last season, and when you're hitting .322 it's not a requirement to walk more than 9.8% of the time. (Twinkie Town)

UNC baseball executes with runners on base against Maryland

What a difference a day makes. Friday night the North Carolina baseball team was given multiple opportunities to score and couldn't get the hits they needed against the Virginia Cavaliers, losing 3-2. Less than 24 hours later, the Tar Heels couldn't stop scoring, putting up 13 runs in their final ACC game against the Maryland Terrapins in a 13-7 win at NewBridge Bank Park. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC-Maryland: Mike Fox Postgame Quotes

"We’re ecstatic to have won that ball game. It wasn’t easy. Maryland is just playing so well. We knew the game wasn’t over. You have to give them a lot of credit for coming back and the resiliency of our team for coming back. It’s pretty deflating, obviously, to lose that kind of lead, but I’m proud of our guys for coming back and winning. It was obviously a big win for us." (Inside Carolina)

Tar Heels' Bats Come Alive

North Carolina’s offense tied their highest run total of the season and scored six in the eighth inning to break a 7-7 tie and defeat a red-hot Maryland team in the ACC Tournament on Saturday. Maryland had very little to play for having already locked up their spot in the ACC Championship game on Sunday. UNC, on the other hand, needed a win to improve its postseason chances. (Inside Carolina)

ACC Tournament: UNC 13 Maryland 7

In what was a totally meaningless game for Maryland, UNC jumped out to a 7-2 lead before surrendering five runs in the seventh. The Heels bounced back to score six runs in the 8th to take their final game of ACC Tournament pool play 13-7. UNC finishes the ACC Tournament 1-2 in pool play with losses to Virginia and Florida State. (Tar Heel Blog)

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