2020 Spring Preview (From clubbaseball.org)
Team Name: University of North Carolina
Mascot: Tar Heels
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
Captain(s)/Coach(es): Carter Mozingo and Jackson Hicks
2018-2019 Performance (LAST SEASON):
2018-2019 Season Record: 6-10 (2-6 in conference)
Final Conference Ranking/World Series Results: 6th place in Mid-Atlantic South
Notables: Though it was a disappointing season filled with rain outs, we did have notable victories. We got wins against Maryland and ECU, who ended the season ranked 7th and 9th respectively. We also beat Florida, who spent much of the season in the top-20.
Fall 2019 Performance:
Notables: We played exhibition series against Elon, and games against High Point, UNC-Greensboro. We also competed in the Greenville Invitational Tournament, finishing 1-2.
Number of Returning Players (Include conference/league award winners): 16 returners, including 3 previous all-conference players.
Players to Watch:
Austin Turner: 2.57 ERA, 2 saves in 2019
Alan Baker: Led team with .397 batting average in 2019
Anthony Castellano: .360 batting average, led team in Doubles, HR, and RBI in 2019
Carter Mozingo: .356 batting average in 2019, 2018 2nd team all-region
Jackson Hicks: 1.29 ERA, led team in IP and Ks in 2019, 2018 3rd team all-region
Nick Hebert: 45 hits and 19 stolen bases in career, 2017 3rd team all-region
New additions: We went for quality over quantity with our 2019-2020 recruiting class. C and 3B Evan Harris and 1B and 3B Jake Dennis promise middle-of-the-lineup power. 1B and OF Jake Fuller has a solid bat from the left side, and will also be an effective LHP. Roommates Garrett Howerton and Nick Mignogna can play any position on the diamond and provide great depth to our lineup. P Troy Vulpis will eat up innings with his low-80s fastball and sharp curveball.
Biggest Rival: Wofford
Best Player Nickname: Brian "El Toro" Fornatoro
2019-2020 Season Outlook: With our veteran-filled team, we're very excited about our ability to compete at the national level this season. We have the best pitching staff we've had in years, which will be as good as anybody's. We also have a line-up filled with experience and guys who have been productive for years. Our new additions will provide great depth and compete for starting spots, pushing everybody to get better. We've lined up a very challenging schedule, including trips to the University of Florida and University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, as well as non-conference series against Maryland and South Florida. We aim to win our conference and make a deep postseason run.
Manager Quote: "Let's go."