Heading into the NCAA Tournament, North Carolina’s pitching rotation is set but its lineup is far from certain. UNC coach Mike Fox said ace Trent Thornton will start when the Tar Heels open play Friday in the Gainesville Regional against Long Beach State (1 p.m., ESPN3.com), while top hitter Michael Russell remains day-to-day with a sore back.
UNC (34-25) earned the No. 3 regional seed in the Gainesville Regional and will face No. 2 Long Beach State (32-24) on Friday (1 p.m., ESPN3.com).
North Carolina scored six times in the eighth to break a 7-7 tie and beat Maryland 13-7 Saturday night in the final game of pool play at the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Championship.
The freshmen seasons of North Carolina All-America women’s tennis players Jamie Loeb and Hayley Carter came to a close on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
North Carolina’s quest for a second straight ACC Tournament title is over. Now the Tar Heels can worry about extending their streak of 12 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.
Top-seeded Jamie Loeb of UNC led a cadre of four UNC and Duke women’s tennis stars into the Elite Eight of the NCAA Women’s Singles Championship at the University of Georgia Friday.
North Carolina freshmen Jamie Loeb and Hayley Carter have advanced to the Round of 16 at the NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles Championship.
Whether it was having a letdown after Tuesday’s intense rivalry win over N.C. State or just facing a superior opponent, No. 7 North Carolina was overmatched in its ACC Tournament pool play opener against No. 2 Florida State. Billy Strode pitched to just two batters over the minimum in his six innings and FSU broke the game open with a four-run fourth to win 7-1 Wednesday night at NewBridge Bank Park.
The Tar Heels and Wolfpack battled for almost four hours before UNC came away with a 4-3 win in the play-in round of the ACC Tournament, likely sealing an NCAA Tournament bid for UNC — and almost certainly ending N.C. State’s season.
UCLA'S McPHILLIPS EKES OUT WIN OVER UNC'S PRICE FOR NCAA TITLE
It all came down to one match, which ended with a marathon final game.
On her fourth match point, UCLA’s Kyle McPhillips finally prevailed over North Carolina’s Caroline Price at No. 3 singles, giving the Bruins a 4-3 win and the NCAA women’s tennis championship.
McPhillips broke Price at 4-3 to serve for the match in front of a crowd of more than 1,000 at Georgia’s Dan Magill Tennis Complex, only to see Price win the first three points. McPhillips saved the break points and then the players traded game points in what was ultimately a 22-point game.
It ended when a Price volley sailed long, sparking a big Bruin bear hug on court 3.
“She’s disappointed; she feels like she let the team down, which she didn’t,” UNC coach Brian Kalbas said of Price.
The No. 7 Tar Heels (29-6) were making their first championship appearance. Fifth-ranked UCLA (27-2) was playing in its eighth final, and second in three years. This is the Bruins’ second championship.
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.
Jamie Loeb didn't buckle or budge. In the biggest moment of the North Carolina freshman's career, she delivered — emphatically.
Loeb's three-set win at No. 1 singles Monday lifted the No. 7 Tar Heels to a 4-3 win over defending national champion Stanford and sent UNC to the finals of the NCAA women’s tennis championships.
Tar Heels edge Stanford behind nation's top singles player
UNC wins doubles point, but Sooners prove better in singles to reach men's tennis Final Four
North Carolina’s Hayley Carter gave herself quite a birthday present Saturday. In the quarterfinals of the NCAA women’s tennis championships, the now 19-year-old freshman closed out a three-set win at No. 2 singles to give No. 7 North Carolina a 4-2 quarterfinal victory over second-ranked Alabama at Georgia’s Dan Magill Tennis Complex.