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Former Diamond Heel Michael Busch continues to make a name for himself in minor leagues

UNC Tar Heel is swinging through the minors, becoming one of 17 players to hit 30+ home runs this season in minor league baseball. Busch, a member of Oklahoma City Dodgers, the triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, has been on a roll with a .280 batting percentage. Busch was a valuable member of the UNC baseball program. (Tar Heels Wire)

Rockies reliever Daniel Bard's resurgence rooted in mental growth with rival Diamondbacks

During the Rockies’ last homestand, closed two victories over the D-backs, who didn’t score a run against him and have managed just one hit against the righty in seven innings this season. Either Bard and the Rockies have the D-backs to thank, or the D-backs have themselves to blame. Arizona isn't the only team Bard has fared well against. (

UNC's incoming baseball recruits look to make immediate impact

Left-handed pitcher Kyle Percival, from Lancaster, S.C., was named state Player of the Year his senior season. At 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds, Percival will look to bolster the Tar Heels on the mound his first season. Infielder Austin Hawke was named Collegiate Baseball All-America second team following his senior year at Reagan (Pfafftown, NC) High School. (Daily Tar Heel)

Daniel Bard staking claim as Rockies’ best closer for a single season

has blown way past being just a feel-good story. The right-hander is carving out one of the best seasons by a closer in Rockies history. Entering Friday's game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, Bard has converted 30 of 33 save opportunities for a 90.9 save percentage, the third-lowest by a reliever in a single season in Rockies history. (Denver Post)

Diamond Heels Host Walters State In Exhibition Friday

The North Carolina baseball team will take to the field on Friday, September 16, at Boshamer Stadium, as the Diamond Heels host Walters State at 5 p.m. Admission is free. While admission is free, there will be no concessions available. The Diamond Heels' roster contains more newcomers (19) than returning lettermen (16), including 13 freshmen. (

Former UNC pitcher Cooper Criswell makes his season debut for Tampa Bay Rays

Former UNC Tar Heel Cooper Criswell made his season debut for the Tamps Bay Rays Monday night. The right-handed pitcher started the game against Toronto and was dealing early. He pitched 3.1 innings, only giving up two hits and one run for an ERA of 2.70. This performance was a significant improvement from his Major League debut last season. (Tar Heels Wire)

Lafayette Ferguson Norton, Who Helped UNC Reach Its First College World Series, Dies at 83

Lafayette passed away Sunday at age 83, after an extended battle with cancer. Born in Durham on Feb 17, 1939, Norton attended UNC as an English major, where he graduated from the Navy ROTC program and played for the baseball team. ‘Ferg’ and the Diamond Heels advanced to the program’s first-ever College World Series in 1960. (

Chansky’s Notebook: Blue Blood Battle

recruited away from his father. The former Carolina catcher, who recently set the Major League Baseball record for 224 consecutive games without a passed ball, made a decision back in 2007 that had pitted UNC versus the school where his dad, Kevin Stallings, was coaching basketball. And it wasn’t an easy choice. (

Diamond Heels Begin Second Week Of Baseball Scrimmages

The UNC Baseball team held a modified 3 1/2 inning scrimmage Monday at Boshamer Stadium with the Blue squad taking a 4-2 win over Navy. led off the scrimmage with a home run to left, then Austin Hawke drilled a solo homer later in the inning. Blue tied the score in the bottom of the inning on 's mammoth homer. (

Former UNC Baseball Players Make MLB History

A pair of former UNC players made Major League Baseball history in the past two weeks, etching their names alongside some of baseball's immortals. Catcher set the MLB record for most consecutive games without being charged with a passed ball, while pitcher posted the game's seventh-longest scoreless innings pitched streak. (
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