The University of North Carolina baseball team has been one of the country’s best programs to never win a College World Series.
Carolina made four straight trips to the CWS between 2006-2009, even reaching the championship game in ’06 and ’07 behind the All-Star arm of pitcher Andrew Miller. The Heels made it back in 2011, 2013 and 2018, each time with no title to show.
UNC won the ACC tournament in 2022 and even advanced to host a Super Regional against Arkansas. The Heels were up 3-2 late, but Arkansas came back to win, 4-3 and advance to the College World Series.
Last year was a bit of a disappointment by Carolina standards, as the Heels went 1-2 in regional action.
Even though the 2024 season doesn’t start until February, UNC baseball fans have a lot to be excited about. According to Tar Heel Tribune, the Heels’ 2024 recruiting class tops the ACC and ranks Top 10 in the country.
This class is led by a pair of players from the Tar Heel state – Wake Forest High School catcher Luke Stevenson and Apex High shortstop Gavin Gallagher. UNC also brings in Cumming, Ga. pitcher Francesco Capocci, one one 13 pitchers in the class.
Carolina also hit the transfer market to find its third baseman of the future, snagging UGA’s Parks Harber. He’ll likely slot in and replace Mac Horvath, who was drafted in the second round of this year’s MLB draft by the Baltimore Orioles.
Fans who want the whole list of transfers can check out this article from Tar Heel Tribune.
All of a sudden, it’s an exciting time again to be a Carolina baseball fan. Maybe it’s the year UNC finally brings a trophy to Boshamer Stadium