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Diamond Heels launch season with First Pitch Dinner

With reigning ACC Defensive Player of the Year Vance Honeycutt leading a slew of talented, returning position players, plus a revamped pitching staff that includes Dalton Pence as potential new staff ace, the 2024 season is looking bright for UNC baseball.

The Diamond Heels will play their first game exactly a month from Tuesday, as they host Staten Island’s (NY) Wagner College for a 3-game weekend series. On Tuesday, Feb. 20, Carolina hosts Elon for its first mid-week game.

UNC’s season officially kicked off on Saturday night, though, with its 15th annual First Pitch Dinner. This event always features current and former Diamond Heels, plus the opportunity to win signed memorabilia.

Colorado Rockies catcher Jacob Stallings, who played at UNC from 2009-2012, was the guest speaker. Former star first baseman Michael Busch, who was recently traded to the Chicago Cubs, was also in attendance.

To refresh your memory, Carolina is one of the greatest college baseball programs to never win a College World Series. The Tar Heels have made the CWS 11 times, including trips to the finals in 2006 and 2007, with both finals appearances resulting in losses to Oregon State.

Is this the year UNC finally wins its first CWS title?

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