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Diamond Heels learn their 2024 opponents

The UNC baseball program is the perfect definition of “close, but no cigar.”

Carolina is arguably one of the ACC’s best teams, making the past six NCAA Tournaments and winning the 2013, 2019 and 2022 conference titles.but they have no College World Series titles to show for it. UNC’s made college baseball’s end-of-season tournament 11 times, including seven since 2006, achieving runner-up status in ’06 and ’07 to Oregon State.

With the reigning ACC Defensive Player of the Year in Vance Honeycutt headlining returners, Carolina will look to make its seventh-straight NCAA Tournament. UNC also hopes to reach the CWS for the first time since 2018.

The Tar Heels’ quest for its first CWS title starts on Friday, Feb. 16 against Wagner University, as their 2024 schedule was released earlier Thursday.

After hosting Wagner in a 3-game series, UNC welcomes Elon to Boshamer Stadium that ensuing Tuesday. Carolina then plays ECU the weekend of Feb. 23-25 – Game 1 in Chapel Hill, Game 2 in Fayetteville and Game 3 in Greenville.

Before starting ACC play against Pitt from Friday, March 8-Sunday, March 10 at home, UNC will end its early-season, non-conference slate at Big South power Campbell University. After its home series against Princeton during the first weekend of March, every weekend Carolina matchup will be against an ACC opponent.

UNC’s Senior Day will be on Sunday, May 12 against Louisville, but the regular season ends the following weekend at archrival Duke.

The Tar Heels’ 2024 campaign will be a true test to how good they are, According to the UNC Athletic Communications’ official schedule release on GoHeels.com, 44 of Carolina’s 54 games will be against opponents that finished Top 65 in the 2023 final RPI rankings.

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Story originally appeared on Tarheels Wire