UNC, baseball coach agree in principle to new deal
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has reached an agreement in principle for baseball coach Mike Fox to return next season.
School officials announced the agreement Friday, but no terms were disclosed.
In his 20th season at his alma mater, Fox led the Tar Heels to their seventh College World Series appearance in 13 years and earned Atlantic Coast Conference coach of the year honors after guiding the team to a second straight Coastal Division title. His contract expires June 30.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — It took nearly 4 1/2 hours in 95-degree heat to play the opening game of the College World Series.
Time flew for North Carolina coach Mike Fox. He was having fun.
The Tar Heels knocked out Oregon State ace Luke Heimlich during a five-run third inning and went on to beat the Beavers 8-6 on Saturday.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's offense is racking up hits, working counts to get on base and coming up with timely hits to bring runners home.
College World Series team capsules
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A capsule look at the eight teams competing in the College World Series, which starts Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. (Capsules in order of CWS opening games. Coaches' records through super regionals):
NORTH CAROLINA (43-18)
Coach: Mike Fox (889-377-1, 20 years at North Carolina; 1,425-518-5, 35 years overall).
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — It wasn't that long ago that North Carolina made it seem almost routine going to the College World Series year after year.
Now, after a few seasons away, the Tar Heels are heading back to Omaha.
UNC jumped on Stetson starter Jack Perkins in a four-run first inning and the Tar Heels hung on to beat the Hatters 7-5 on Saturday, securing their first trip to the College World Series since 2013.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament is back in central North Carolina after a year away, and three of the league's top teams could claim home-field advantage.
Evan Edwards ended No. 19 North Carolina's comeback hopes with a three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning Tuesday, lifting No. 2 NC State to a 8-3 win against the Tar Heels.
"(Edwards' hit) was huge," NC State head coach Elliott Avent said. "Carolina fought back and got the big hit. That gives them a little bit of edge going to the ninth inning, I'm sure they were feeling pretty good about things.
LSU coach Paul Mainieri won't soon forget the way he joined the 1,400 wins club.
His Tigers entered the bottom of the ninth inning trailing Tennessee by four runs Sunday, and they won 9-7 when freshman Daniel Cabrera hit a three-run, walk-off homer.
The three-game sweep at home put Mainieri's career record at 1,400-707-7.
Steady offense helped North Carolina keep its season alive with a 10-1 win against FGCU (43-20) in the Tar Heels' second elimination game victory Sunday afternoon.
"We played well: good pitching, good defense, a good clean win for us," head coach Mike Fox said.
Brian Miller (2-for-3) led off the game with a single, then stole second base before Logan Warmoth walked. Ashton McGee's fielder's choice cleared Warmoth from the bases, but gave Kyle Datres runners on the corners.
North Carolina's combined six runs in the fifth and sixth innings helped the Tar Heels chase Michigan's starter, Michael Hendrickson, and first reliever, Ryan Nutof off the mound as the Tar Heels beat the Wolverines 8-1 to keep their season alive.
A incidental interruption by Tar Heel therapy dog, REMINGTON, timed out with the start of North Carolina's nipping at the Wolverines' heels.
"It definitely loosened the crowd up a little bit, but so did us getting on base," Tyler Lynn said.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's baseball program is back in a familiar spot — atop its division in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Tar Heels have locked up both their sixth ACC Coastal Division title and at least the No. 2 seed in next week's conference tournament.
At No. 2 in the latest RPI and ranked third in both major polls, they're a lock to return to the NCAA Tournament after a two-year absence and should be a favorite to reach their seventh College World Series since 2006.
Roy Williams had a lot on his plate this weekend with his North Carolina basketball team playing in the Final Four on Saturday and getting ready for the national championship game Monday night. He still had time to keep tabs on the Tar Heels' baseball team, which posted its first road sweep against Florida State in program history.
Williams, who regularly attends games at Boshamer Stadium, offered congratulations to coach Mike Fox via text from his right-hand man Eric Hoots.
NC Sports Hall of Fame unveils 8-person class of inductees
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Current North Carolina baseball coach Mike Fox, former North Carolina State women's basketball player Chasity Melvin and former Duke basketball player Steve Vacendak are part of this year's class of inductees to the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.
The eight-person group was announced Thursday and will be formally inducted May 5.
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