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UNC, Arkansas Make Statement Sweeps, Highlighting College Baseball’s Weekend (Off The Bat) — College Baseball, MLB Draft, Prospects

UNC, Arkansas Make Statement Sweeps, Highlighting College Baseball's Weekend (Off The Bat) — College Baseball, MLB Draft, Prospects


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North Carolina’s Luke Stevenson (Photo by Brian Westerholt/Four Seam Images)

As the calendar flips to April, college baseball has just about reached its halfway point. In another wild week around the country, teams like Arkansas, Duke and North Carolina asserted themselves with big results.

Here are 15 takeaways from around the country on the weekend that was in college baseball.

1. North Carolina came into this weekend’s series at Wake Forest as a bit of an enigma. The Tar Heels were 22-4 and no team in the nation had more wins than them. But they also had lost their two toughest series (East Carolina and at Miami). How good were the Tar Heels, really? Their series at Wake was an opportunity to answer that question.

UNC made a big statement, sweeping Wake at Couch Ballpark. The Tar Heels finished the job with a 14-10 victory Sunday, clinching it with back-to-back home runs from freshmen Luke Stevenson and Gavin Gallaher in the ninth inning. UNC became the first team to sweep Wake in Winston-Salem since Virginia Tech on April 11, 2021. The Tar Heels (25-4, 10-2) now have a nine-game winning streak, have swept consecutive ACC series and are tied with Texas A&M for the most wins in the country.

The lineup has been at the forefront of UNC’s success this season and this weekend it hit 14 home runs, including four off Chase Burns. The Tar Heels are averaging 7.5 runs per game in ACC play (9.14 overall) and may have the program’s best offense since 2013, when they ranked fifth in the nation in scoring (7.6 runs per game) during the depths of the dead ball/bat era. The outfield trio of Casey Cook (.375/.458/.667, 9 HR), Anthony Donofrio (.304/.444/.500, 8 HR, 14 SB) and Vance Honeycutt (.288/.420/.577, 8 HR, 16 SB) has been dynamic and DH Alberto Osuna (.365/.452/.721) and third baseman Parks Harber (.330/.414/.700, 10 HR) add even more pop. Opponents have to be ready to battle for 27 outs on a weekend against that lineup.

UNC has had to piece things together on the mound after losing projected No. 1 starter Jake Knapp to injury before the season. But freshmen Folger Boaz (3-1, 4.67) and Jason DeCaro (1-0, 3.63) have stepped up to anchor the rotation and the Tar Heels have a deep bullpen.

The Tar Heels this week face a tough trip to Virginia (22-6, 7-5), but otherwise the schedule breaks their way the rest of the season. Their only other road trips are to NC State and Duke. Neither series will be easy, but both are less than 30-minute…

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