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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)

Hovis, Daly having strong seasons, eager to help UNC defend ACC baseball title

A pair of former Forestview High standouts are making a major impact as sophomores for the UNC baseball team this season. And this week pitcher Reilly Hovis and outfielder Zach Daly will seek to repeat as ACC champions when the tournament begins at Greensboro’s NewBridge Bank Park. For Hovis, Daly and the Tar Heels that starts with Tuesday’s 11 a.m. play-in game against N.C. State. (Gaston Gazette)

UNC to face NC State in ACC Baseball Tournament play-in game

North Carolina has earned the No. 7 seed in the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship and will face tenth-seeded NC State Tuesday at 11 a.m. at NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro, NC, the league office announced Saturday. The winner of Tuesday's game will enter Pool B with No. 2 Florida State, No. 3 Virginia and No. 6 Maryland. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels Blanked By No. 4 Miami, 2-0

No. 4 Miami got six scoreless innings from starter Bryan Radziewski and clinched the ACC regular season title with a 2-0 win over North Carolina Saturday afternoon at Alex Rodriguez Park. Zac Gallen allowed just two runs on seven hits in 6.1 innings and struck out six in a losing effort. Michael Russell had two hits for the Tar Heels, who finished the regular season 32-23 and 15-15 in the ACC. (GoHeels.com)

Colin Moran shows he’s worth the hype

Colin Moran, less than a year removed from leading North Carolina to the College World Series, is the Jupiter Hammerheads’ starting third baseman. He is much more than that, though you’d never know it by the way he carries himself. Moran leads the team in potential and fewest words spoken. He is much more likely to win the game than the postgame news conference. (Charlotte Observer)

Tar Heels Pound No. 4 Miami In Nightcap, 11-2

Landon Lassiter had three hits and Wood Myers drove in three runs as North Carolina split a doubleheader at No. 4 Miami with an 11-2 win Friday night at Alex Rodriguez Park. Carolina scored four times in the first and led 11-1 after 4 in support of Benton Moss, who struck out nine and allowed just four hits and one run to pick up his fourth win of the season. (GoHeels.com)

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