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 Scott Forbes.

North Carolina Tar Heels
2023 North Carolina Tar Heels baseball team
Founded1867
UniversityUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Head coachScott Forbes (3rd season)
ConferenceACC
Coastal Division
LocationChapel Hill, North Carolina
Home stadiumBryson Field at Boshamer Stadium
(Capacity: 5,000)
NicknameTar Heels
ColorsCarolina blue and white[1]
   
College World Series runner-up
2006, 2007
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, 2022
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, 2021, 2022
Conference tournament champions
1982, 1983, 1984, 1990, 2007, 2013, 2019, 2022
Regular season conference champions
1901, 1922, 1933, 1934, 1948, 1960, 1964, 1966, 1969, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1990, 2013, 2018

History

North Carolina Tar Heels baseball team, 1885

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 15 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.

During the 1948 season, the program qualified for its first NCAA Tournament, which had first been played in 1947. North Carolina's record in the tournament was 1-2.

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.[2]

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.[3] 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.

Head coaches

Carolina Baseball dugout at Boshamer Stadium
The 2009 Tar Heels baseball team in Nebraska for the College World Series
Coach Years Record Win Pct.
Perrin Busbee1891189396.600
William R. Robertson1894104.714
Jesse M. Oldham189564.600
Benjamin E. Stanley189618971881.630
William A. Reynolds189818992151.796
Bob Lawson1900, 19051906, 191047232.667
Ernest Graves19011142.706
Edward M. Ashenback190276.538
John Curran1903132-2.824
John Donnelly190458.385
Floyd Simmons19071092.524
Otis Stocksdale190819093114.689
Charles M. Clancey191119122614.650
Coach Bowers1913711.389
Earl T. Mack1914811.425
Charles A. Doak191519161915.559
Bunny Hearn19171918, 193219462141322.618
William Lourcey1919192019164.538
Bill Fetzer1921192570374.649
Vern Duncan1926916.360
James N. Ashmore1927193172393.645
Walter Rabb194719775403589.600
Mike Roberts197819987804283.645
Mike Fox19992020840355.703
Scott Forbes2021–present70–49.588

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Boshamer Stadium

Steinbrenner Terrace at Boshamer Stadium

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. It is centrally-located on the University campus, adjacent to Ehringhaus Residence Hall and Karen Shelton Stadium.

Notable alumni

Current MLB roster

Former Tar Heels on current MLB rosters as of September 16, 2021.[5]

Player Position Number Team
Daniel Bard P 52 Colorado Rockies
Skye Bolt CF 49 Oakland Athletics
J. B. Bukauskas P 33 Arizona Diamondbacks
Kent Emanuel P 0 Houston Astros
Zac Gallen P 23 Arizona Diamondbacks
Brian Goodwin CF 18 Chicago White Sox
Matt Harvey P 32 Baltimore Orioles
Andrew Miller P 21 St. Louis Cardinals
Colin Moran 1B 21 Pittsburgh Pirates
Kyle Seager 3B 15 Seattle Mariners
Jacob Stallings C 58 Pittsburgh Pirates
Trent Thornton P 57 Toronto Blue Jays
Adam Warren P 48 New York Yankees

See also

  • List of NCAA Division I baseball programs

References

  1. Primary Identity (PDF). Carolina Athletics Brand Identity Guidelines. April 20, 2015. Retrieved September 28, 2019.
  2. UNC Baseball History Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine." CBS Sports Network Retrieved on June 28, 2013.
  3. "Tar Heel Baseball Archived 2008-02-22 at the Wayback Machine." tarheelblue.com. Retrieved on February 23, 2008.
  4. "Record Book". TarHeelBlue.com. Archived from the original on 2011-05-07. Retrieved 2011-04-11.
  5. "University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC) Baseball Players - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 20 July 2017. Retrieved 16 September 2021.
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