North Carolina Tar Heels baseball
The North Carolina Tar Heels baseball team, commonly referred to as Carolina, represents the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in NCAA Division I college baseball. They compete in the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Tar Heels play their home games on campus at Boshamer Stadium, and are currently coached by Mike Fox.
|North Carolina Tar Heels|
|2019 North Carolina Tar Heels Baseball Team|
|University||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|Head coach||Mike Fox (17th season)|
|Location||Chapel Hill, North Carolina|
|Home stadium||Bryson Field at Boshamer Stadium |
|Colors||Carolina Blue and White|
|College World Series runner-up|
|College World Series appearances|
|1960, 1966, 1978, 1989, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2018|
|NCAA regional champions|
|1960, 1966, 1978, 1989, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2018, 2019|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1948, 1960, 1964, 1966, 1969, 1978, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019|
|Conference tournament champions|
|1982, 1983, 1984, 1990, 2007, 2013, 2019|
|1960, 1964, 1966, 1969, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1990, 2013, 2018|
The program's first recorded game took place in 1867, when the Tar Heels defeated a Raleigh all-star team, 34-17. Although baseball continued to be played at UNC, there exists a gap in record-keeping during Reconstruction, despite the noted existence of the UNC baseball team. The program's next recorded games were played in 1891. Thereafter, the University sponsored a varsity intercollegiate baseball program on a regular basis from that season onwards.
In 1921, the University of North Carolina became a founding member of the Southern Conference. Bunny Hearn became head coach of the Tar Heel baseball program in 1932, serving in that capacity for the next fifteen years. The Tar Heels would win six Southern Conference baseball titles during the Hearn era, as well as two wartime Ration League titles in 1943 and 1945. In 1947, Hearn suffered a stroke and chose to relinquish his head coaching duties. Walter Rabb would thereafter take over as head coach of the Tar Heel baseball program, though Hearn remained as a coach at North Carolina for another ten years.
North Carolina left the Southern Conference in 1953, opting to become a founding member of the newly formed Atlantic Coast Conference. The Tar Heels won their first ACC baseball title in 1960. The program's first College World Series appearance also came in 1960. In 1964, the Tar Heels won their second ACC baseball title, posting an undefeated record in conference play. No other team in ACC baseball history has ever been undefeated in conference play.
The Tar Heels would appear in the College World Series three more times during the 20th century.
The Tar Heels reached the College World Series in four consecutive years between 2006 and 2009, and five times in six years between 2006 and 2011. They reached the national championship series in both 2006 and 2007, but lost on both occasions to the Oregon State Beavers. The Tar Heels made a third straight trip to Omaha in 2008.
While Boshamer Stadium was being renovated and rebuilt during the 2008 season, the Tar Heels played their home games at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in nearby Cary. The Tar Heels returned to Chapel Hill in February 2009, following the completion of the extensive renovations to Boshamer Stadium. The Tar Heels reached the 2009 College World Series, the program's fourth consecutive College World Series appearance, following their first season playing in newly renovated Boshamer Stadium.
The Tar Heels once again reached the College World Series in 2011. The Tar Heels were the top overall seed in the 2013 NCAA Baseball Tournament, during which they reached the 2013 College World Series once again. In 2018, the Tar Heels reached the College World Series for the seventh time in thirteen seasons.
|William R. Robertson||1894||10–4||.714|
|Jesse M. Oldham||1895||6–4||.600|
|Benjamin E. Stanley||1896–1897||18–8–1||.630|
|William A. Reynolds||1898–1899||21–5–1||.796|
|Bob Lawson||1900, 1905–1906, 1910||47–23–2||.667|
|Edward M. Ashenback||1902||7–6||.538|
|Charles M. Clancey||1911–1912||26–14||.650|
|Earl T. Mack||1914||8–11||.425|
|Charles A. Doak||1915–1916||19–15||.559|
|Bunny Hearn||1917–1918, 1932–1946||214–132–2||.618|
|James N. Ashmore||1927–1931||72–39–3||.645|
Boshamer Stadium, the program's home venue, was built in the early 1970s and renovated in the late 2000s. It has a capacity of 4,100 spectators, with additional standing room. It has hosted five ACC Tournaments, most recently in 1983.
- Russ Adams
- Scott Bankhead
- Daniel Bard
- Tom Buskey
- Mike Fox
- Tyrell Godwin
- Moonlight Graham
- Adam Greenberg
- Garry Hill
- Chad Holbrook
- Colin Moran
- R. C. Orlan
- Brian Roberts
- Paul Shuey
- B. J. Surhoff
- Walt Weiss
- Brad Woodall
Current MLB rosterEdit
Former Tar Heels on current MLB rosters as of August 1, 2017.
Current Minor League rosterEdit
Former Tar Heels on current Minor League Baseball rosters as of August 1, 2017.
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