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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)

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)

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