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UNC baseball signee Josh Ladowski named to Shrine BowlLess than two weeks ago, Josh Ladowski thought his high school football days were over. The Lake Norman High quarterback was already deep into his training regimen for baseball season. Yet there was Ladowski at Spartanburg High School on Wednesday, throwing and running with the football like he had never lost a beat. Ladowski, the N.C. Gatorade player of the year, was a late addition to the North Carolina roster for the 78th annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas game, to be played Saturday at Wofford College’s Gibbs Stadium. (Raleigh News & Observer)
UNC Baseball Signs Nineteen For 2015-16The UNC baseball program once again added a standout class of the nation’s top prep talent, signing 19 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, head coach Mike Fox announced Tuesday. Included in this class are four of the nation's top 75 prospects according to Baseball America and six of the top 200 prospects according to Perfect Game. The 19 student-athletes will enroll at UNC in August 2015 and will take the field for the Tar Heels in the 2016 season. (GoHeels.com)
All-State RHP Luca Dalatri commits to North CarolinaFor Christian Brothers right-hander Luca Dalatri, the University of North Carolina is the college he would want to be at even if he were not playing baseball. But fortunately for the Tar Heels, Dalatri, the 2014 Monmouth County Player of the Year and a First Team All-State selection, will be on the mound for them as the rising junior verbally committed to the ACC power on Monday. Dalatri went 11-0 with a 0.39 ERA this past spring for CBA. Dalatri struck out 90 and walked 16 in in 70 1/3 innings with a 0.67 WHIP. (NJ.com)
Utah Jones commits to North Carolina baseballIt's no secret that Utah Jones comes from a baseball family. Understandably, Jones wanted to make his own baseball statement and create his own base path. He did that July 10 by verbally committing to play baseball at North Carolina for the 2016 season. A rising senior at Watauga High, Jones tweeted his announcement while he was in Georgia. "It's a big weight off my shoulders," Jones said. Jones' father, Billy Jones, is the head baseball coach at Appalachian State. (Watauga Democrat)
UNC Adds Two Baseball Commitments2015 right-handed pitcher Jordan Gubelman (Sarasota, Fla./Sarasota) committed to North Carolina on Tuesday, according to Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound prospect picked the Tar Heels over Florida, Florida State, Miami and UCF.
2016 baseball prospect Rob Peto (Monroe Township, N.J./Monroe Twp) also committed to North Carolina on Tuesday according to Kendall Rogers. The 6-foot-3, 170-pound prospect is capable of playing either third base, or pitching from the right-hand side.
Pitcher J.T. Rogoszewski commits to North CarolinaHurricane High baseball standout J.T. Rogoszewski announced via Twitter he has committed to North Carolina. The rising senior was named Class AAA first-team all-state this past season after helping lead Hurricane to its first state championship since 2002. On the mound, Rogoszewski finished the past year with an 8-1 record and 1.53 ERA. He also helped lead Hurricane to the boys basketball title game. (West Virginia Metro News)
Freshman outfielder Austin Beck commits to UNCAll North Carolina had to do was ask. Austin Beck knew his answer years ago. Beck, who just finished his freshman season at North Davidson, verbally committed to play baseball for the Tar Heels earlier this week. Beck, who played right field this spring, jumped at the chance to play for UNC. "I've always wanted to go to Carolina," he said. "It was kind of a no-doubt deal right there." Beck stood out in every way possible this season. He hit .366 with four doubles, four home runs, and wreaked havoc on the base paths. (Lexington Dispatch)
MLB draft could take a big bite out of highly-rated UNC recruiting classNorth Carolina baseball coach Mike Fox put together a recruiting class that has been ranked by some as the best in the nation. It’s an assessment that was confirmed this week in the Major League Baseball draft. The problem is that there’s a good chance many of the Tar Heels’ top signees won’t ever make it to Chapel Hill. Nine of Fox’s 17 incoming freshmen were selected in the three-day draft, including six in the first two rounds. (Wilmington Star News)
UNC commit Cameron Varga throws fifth no-hitterNot even the excitement of potentially hearing his name called in the MLB draft could knock Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy senior pitcher Cameron Varga off his game in the Ohio High School Athletic Association's Division III State Semifinals at Huntington Park in Columbus on Thursday afternoon. Varga struck out 15 hitters and kept his 0.00 ERA in tact on his way to his fifth no-hitter of the season, while lifting the Eagles to the Division III State Finals with a 3-0 win over Orville. (Cincinnati Enquirer)
UNC baseball commitment JB Bukauskas tells MLB teams he won’t sign pro contractAfter much deliberating and many discussions with his parents, Stone Bridge right-hander JB Bukauskas has decided to forgo the Major League Baseball draft and enroll at North Carolina in June. Bukauskas, 17, was recently tabbed as the No. 35 prospect in the country by the MLB Pipeline. And he was almost certainly guaranteed a multimillion dollar bonus if he remained in the June draft. (Washington Post)
JUCO shortstop Elijah Sutherland signs with UNC baseballComing off a season in which he started 54 games and helped guide the Senators to their sixth JUCO World Series appearance, Walters State sophomore shortstop Elijah Sutherland signed with North Carolina on Thursday to play the 2014-15 season.Sutherland, a graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, Tenn., becomes the third player from Walters State to sign with the Tar Heels. (TriCitiesSports.com)
2015 pitcher/first baseman Rodney Hutchison verbally commits to North CarolinaMason junior pitcher/first baseman Rodney Hutchison verbally committed to North Carolina on Sunday morning, according to Mason coach Curt Bly. Hutchison, one of the state’s top players in the 2015 class, also had offers from UC, Miami University, Ohio State and Kent State. (Cincinnati.com)
UNC Announces Standout Baseball Class For 2014-15The UNC baseball program continued its strong showing on the recruiting trail by signing 17 of the nation's top prep baseball student-athletes and one junior college standout to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, head coach Mike Fox announced Friday. Included in this class are five of the nation's top 100 prospects according to Baseball America and eight of the top 200 prospects according to Perfect Game. (GoHeels.com)
UNC tops early baseball recruiting rankingsNorth Carolina headlines the early signing period recruiting rankings, landing 17 high school commits, six players in the PG Top 100, and averaging an impressive 8.71 points per player with outfielder and PG All-American Braxton Davidson leading the charge. The Tar Heels assembled a sizable recruiting class, with eight of them ranked as top 200 prospects nationally by Perfect Game. Though Davidson leads the way in this class, shortstops Jack Flaherty and Forrest Wall also are talented prospects. (Perfect Game)
2015 pitcher Logan Welch commits to UNC baseballLogan Welch , a junior at Reynolds, made a big jump in baseball from his freshman to his sophomore seasons. And now Welch, a 6-3, 205-pounder, has decided on where he will make his big jump to after high school. Welch committed to play at North Carolina last week, said Doug Welch, Logan’s father and the baseball coach at Reynolds. (Winston-Salem Journal)