Matt Harvey Struggles, and Can’t Explain WhyThe last time Matt Harvey could recall struggling as a baseball pitcher — the only time, really — was in 2009 when he was a sophomore at the University of North Carolina. Opposing hitters were punishing him to the rate of a 5.40 E.R.A. But, Harvey said, the poor spell left as quickly as it came, and from there forward he has excelled. Until this year. (New York Times)
UNC Catcher Cody Roberts Records First Home RunWith one swing, freshman catcher Cody Roberts ended a no-hitter, stopped a shutout bid and hit his first career home run in a 3-1 loss to Notre Dame on Saturday night. “It’s a good sign that he hit that changeup out,” said UNC head coach Mike Fox after the game. “It’s in there with him, and that’s good, because once you see it one time, it’s in there.” (Inside Carolina)
Daniel Bard released by Pittsburgh Pirates, per reportThe Pittsburgh Pirates have released former Boston Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard, Peter Gammons reported on Twitter. Bard signed a minor league contract with Pittsburgh in January. The 30-year-old, who has experienced control issues since 2012, hasn't pitched in a regular season major league game since 2013. (Mass Live)
No. 20 Diamond Heels Fall To Notre Dame, 3-1Michael Hearne and Sean Guenther limited No. 20 North Carolina to just three hits as Notre Dame evened the ACC series with a 3-1 win over the Tar Heels Saturday night at Boshamer Stadium. Matt Vierling's two-run homer in the sixth off J.B. Bukauskas proved to be the difference on a night when both pitching staffs had the upper hand. (GoHeels.com)
Reactions to the Tar Heel Yard SaleOn May 14, UNC Athletics hosted their first-ever yard sale — selling over 12,000 items — at Eddie Smith Field House. While I have never been Black Friday shopping, after today I feel like I have. (Daily Tar Heel)
UNC cleaning out closets with sale of athletics equipmentShoppers began lining up at 4 a.m. Saturday to purchase a piece of Tar Heel history. The athletics department yard sale at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill gives fans and collectors a chance to cash in. (WRAL.com)
Video: UNC outfielder Tyler Ramirez with a diving catchThe No. 22 Tar Heels took care of the Fighting Irish at home, 2-0. No play was more exciting than Tyler Ramirez's diving catch in the top of the 5th inning.
UNC P Zac Gallen Throws GemIn what was potentially his last start at Boshamer Stadium, junior pitcher Zac Gallen delivered a gem in a crucial 3-0 series-opening win over Notre Dame. “We need wins, and who knows if that’s his last outing here or not,” said head coach Mike Fox after the game Friday. “I guess under all those circumstances, that ranks up there with his best, and he’s had some really good ones here.” (Inside Carolina)
Gallen, Butler Blank Irish, 3-0Zac Gallen struck out eight Notre Dame batters over eight masterful innings and Hansen Butler retired the side in order to complete the shutout at No. 20 UNC blanked the Fighting Irish 3-0 Friday at Boshamer Stadium. Gallen allowed just three baserunners and received a standing ovation prior to the ninth in what was possibly his final home start as a Tar Heel. (GoHeels.com)
Video: UNC vs. Notre Dame Baseball HighlightsThe No. 22 Tar Heels shutout the Fighting Irish at home to take a 1-0 series lead, 3-0. Logan Warmoth was 2-2 with a home run and 2 RBI. Zac Gallen was dominant on the mound pitching 8 scoreless innings with 8 strikeouts.
No. 20 Tar Heels Wrap Home Schedule With Notre DameNorth Carolina is 2-4 all-time against Notre Dame, including a 1-4 record under head coach Mike Fox. Notre Dame swept a three-game series in South Bend last season, winning a doubleheader on Saturday before taking the finale on Sunday. That was the first meeting of the two teams since Notre Dame joined the league for the 2013-14 school year. (GoHeels.com)
UNC, Duke have work to do as ACC baseball season wraps upNorth Carolina plays host this weekend to Notre Dame in a series the Heels must win. At 31-18 overall, UNC is tied with Duke at 10-14 in the league, a half-game back of Pitt and a full game (two in the loss column) behind the 26-22 (10-12) Irish to get into the ACC tournament. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Irish Set For Critical ACC Series At #20 UNCWith just two weeks left in the regular season, a crucial Atlantic Coast Conference series will take place in Chapel Hill, North Carolina this weekend, as the University of Notre Dame baseball team hits the road for the final time in the regular season for a three-game series at No. 20 North Carolina. (Notre Dame Athletics)
Former Stone Bridge pitcher J.B. Bukauskas a key member of UNC's starting rotationBeing a first round draft pick, signing a contract potentially worth seven figures, and getting to play professional baseball were all within reach of a budding Stone Bridge pitching prospect in 2014. J.B. Bukauskas, however, turned down that incredible opportunity in favor of playing collegiately at the University of North Carolina. (VivaLoudoun)
Chris Iannetta delivers walkoff homer in Mariners’ winAfter big performances earlier in the week by Ketel Marte and Dae-Ho Lee against the Rays, catcher Chris Iannetta took his turn in the spotlight on Wednesday, driving an opposite-field walkoff home run in the 11th inning to finish off a series sweep of Tampa Bay for Seattle. Iannetta has been a key part of the Mariners’ revamped offense this season. (MyNorthwest.com)