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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)

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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)

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