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Tar Heels Outlast NC State, 4-3

North Carolina advanced to Pool B of the 2014 ACC Baseball Championship with a 4-3 win over NC State Tuesday at NewBridge Bank Park. Trent Thornton, in his first relief outing of 2014, retired the final five batters to close out another wild encounter between the two rivals. Michael Russell had a double and a triple to lead an eight-hit attack for UNC, which plays Florida State Wednesday night at 7. (GoHeels.com)

Turner's Take: One Pitch at a Time

With the bases loaded in the eighth inning, up a run against NC State, Carolina handed the baseball to Trent Thornton. Thornton is not totally new to a relief role; he was the Tar Heels’ closer a year ago, but after becoming the team’s Friday starter in 2014, he hadn’t made an appearance out of the bullpen all year long. But then, extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary measures. (GoHeels.com)

UNC beats NC State 4-3 in ACC tournament play-in game

North Carolina scored three times in the third inning Tuesday in an ACC tournament play-in game in Greensboro then held off off multiple NC State threats in a 4-3 win. The Tar Heels (32-23, 15-15 ACC) will advance to pool play where they will open against Florida State Wednesday night. (WRAL Sports Fan)

It's fate: UNC takes on N.C. State

NC State baseball coach Elliot Avent has a history of waiting until the final minute to reveal his starting pitcher, and the ACC Tournament play-in game is no exception. The Tar Heels have their lineup set, ready to take the first step toward a spot in the ACC Tournament Pool Play Tuesday morning, but they’ll have to wait until 11 a.m. to find out just what N.C. State is going to throw in their direction. (Carolina Blue)

Tar Heels, Wolfpack play high-stakes tournament opener

So it has come to this — and really, North Carolina and North Carolina State are going to play today — for two baseball teams that were in the mix for a national championship last June. “Two teams that met in the College World Series and are now in the play-in game in the ACC Tournament,” North Carolina coach Mike Fox said Monday. “Welcome to college baseball.” (Burlington Times News)

The Magical World of Michael Russell

Ask North Carolina assistant baseball coach Scott Jackson to describe Michael Russell and he’ll say ‘infectious,’ ‘the guy that everyone wants to be around.’ Ask Michael Russell to describe himself in a word and after pausing a moment, he doesn’t choose any run-of-the-mill word. No, his word is so uniquely perfect and well-suited that surely no one else would choose it. ‘Wizardry.’ (Carolina Blue)

ACC Tournament Preview: #7 UNC vs #10 NC State

UNC will send All-ACC First Team pitcher Reilly Hovis to the mound in what is essentially a high stakes mid-week game. Trent Thornton, who pitched on Friday versus Miami, is likely available out of the bullpen should the Heels need him. All of Hovis' appearances this season have been out of the bullpen. On the other side, the consensus is Wolfpack ace Carlos Rodon will pitch at some point in the game. (Tar Heel Blog)

Turner's Take: The Stars Are Aligned

They didn’t have each other on their conference schedule. The weather canceled the one non-conference matchup that was planned. It didn’t look like it was going to happen this year. But Carolina and NC State will play baseball in 2014 after all. Fans of both teams won’t be able to help comparing one year to the next, but the fact is that these teams are very different than the ones that faced off a year ago, (GoHeels.com)

UNC-N.C. State baseball rivalry finally resumes

When North Carolina and N.C. State met in the ACC Tournament last year, a spot in the championship game was at stake. When the teams meet today, there could be even more on the line. The seventh-seeded Tar Heels (32-23, 15-15 ACC) and the 10th-seeded Wolfpack (32-22, 13-17) will face off in an ACC Tournament play-in game at 11 a.m. at NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Four Heels Receive All-ACC Honors in Baseball

Pitcher Reilly Hovis led a group of Tar Heels named to the three All-ACC teams announced by the ACC on Monday. Hovis was UNC's sole member of the All-ACC First Team. Hovis, a sophomore, finished the regular season with 7-1 record and six saves. The Tar Heels' leading batter, shortstop Michael Russell, was named to the second team and joined by sophomore starting pitcher Trent Thornton. (Tar Heel Blog)

Reilly Hovis Gets Nod vs. NCSU

North Carolina closer Reilly Hovis will start against N.C. State in the ACC Tournament play-in game on Tuesday, head coach Mike Fox announced on Monday. Midweek starter Taylore Cherry (2-2, 3.13 ERA) was initially penciled in to start in Pool B’s 7-10 game at NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro, N.C. That changed Monday morning. (Inside Carolina)

State’s Avent hedging his bets on starting Rodon vs. Tar Heels

N.C. State baseball coach Elliott Avent was adamant that Carlos Rodon would not be available to pitch against rival North Carolina in Tuesday’s ACC tournament play-in game. For about 30 seconds, at least. In about the time it takes for the Wolfpack’s ace left-hander to walk from the bullpen to the mound, Avent already began hedging his bets on his pitching options when questioned by the media. (Wilmington Star News)

Angels' Mike Morin gets plus mark in meeting expectations

Angels reliever Mike Morin, living up to his advance notice, is making a good first impression as part of the bullpen. The 23-year-old right-hander entered Friday's play not having given up a run in 8 2/3 innings of relief work since his big league debut April 30. (Los Angeles Times)

Brian Holberton hits for cycle on 5-for-5 day

Sliding into third base, Brian Holberton was all smiles as he completed Class A Quad Cities' first cycle in nine years and the fifth in the Minor Leagues this season. Holberton finished 5-for-5 with five RBIs and two runs scored in the River Bandits' 10-3 rout of Kane County at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark. "If you hit for the cycle, it has to be a pretty good day," Holberton said. (MILB.com)

Repeat epic unlikely, UNC-NC State meet in tourney with more on the line

North Carolina and NC State played five times a year ago. A diamond buzz in the Triangle reached a fever pitch in their third meeting, however, in the ACC tournament – even before the teams squared off in Omaha. Fast forward 360 days. The teams will again meet in the ACC tournament -- this time in Greensboro as underachieving clubs just trying to make pool play in the newly expanded ACC. (WRAL Sports Fan)

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