2024 North Carolina vs Campbell

No. 16 North Carolina Baseball Beats No. 22 Campbell With Big 9th

No. 16 North Carolina Baseball Beats No. 22 Campbell With Big 9th

North Carolina Baseball traveled to Campbell for showdown of two programs in the NCAA Baseball rankings this week. The Tar Heels won 7-3.

Mar 6, 2024 by Joe Harrington

For 8.5 innings, North Carolina Baseball and Campbell Baseball played a NCAA Tournament-like game in Buies Creek, N.C. The only matchup of the night in the country featuring a pair of Top-25 teams, No. 16 North Carolina surged ahead in the ninth inning with four runs to break 3-3 tie to beat No. 22 Campbell 7-3 on March 5. 

For the bulk of the night, the bullpens of both teams held strong, but Campbell reliever Jackson Roberts allowed three straight base runners to start the ninth inning. The Camels went to their closer, and star hitter, Grant Knipp but the senior allowed three hits before getting out of the inning. 

Campbell took a lead in the first inning with a home run by Lawson Harrill in the first inning. Vance Honeycutt’s RBI single put UNC on the board in the fifth inning and Casey Cook have the Tar Heels a a 3-1 lead with a double. Dalen Thompson’s RBI double cut into the lead and Harrill tied the game with a sacrifice fly. 

Dalton Pence struck out five in 2.1 innings for UNC to help the Tar Heels stay in the game. 

Relive the game below. 

Bottom Of Ninth Inning: UNC Baseball Wins

The final score is 7-3.

Bottom Of Ninth Inning: UNC Baseball Looks To Close Game Out After Big Inning

UNC Baseball broke open a 3-3 score in the ninth inning with four runs and now looks to close out the game. 

Top Of Ninth Inning: UNC Baseball Breaks Game Open On Anthony Donofrio Double, Lead 7-3

With the bases loaded and one out, Anthony Donofrio hit a ground rule double to give UNC a 6-3 lead. The ground rule double prevented from the play being a bases-clearing double. 

Alberto Osuna single makes it 7-3. 

Top Of Ninth Inning: UNC Baseball Takes Lead vs. Campbell 4-3

Casey Cook singled to right field to drive in Colby Wilkerson as UNC takes a 4-3 lead on on Campbell. 

Top Of Ninth Inning: Campbell Baseball Puts Grant Knipp On Mound

Star catcher Grant Knipp replaced Jackson Roberts on the mound with the bases loaded and no outs in a 3-3 game. This is Knipp's second appearance. he has two saves this season with a 1.71 ERA. 

Top Of Ninth Inning: North Carolina Baseball Loads Bases 

Jackson Roberts allowed a single, a bunt single and another single to start the inning. UNC has the bases loaded with no outs. 

Top Of Ninth Inning: Jackson Roberts Has the Ninth For Campbell Baseball

Jackson Roberts will try and keep the game tied with Vance Honeycutt for UNC due up third. 

Bottom Of Eighth Inning: Campbell Baseball Strands Runner On Second

Reed Stallman walked and advanced to second, but North Carolina pitcher Matt Poston got out of the inning scoreless. 

Top Of Eighth Inning: North Carolina Baseball Loads Bases, Leaves Them Stranded; Score 3-3

With two outs, the bases were loaded with the game tied at 3-3. The Camels went to the bullpen with Drew Siegner taking over for Packy Bradley. He struckout Jackson Van De Burke to ends the inning.  

Top Of Eighth Inning: Trenton Harris Throws Runner Out To Keep Game Tied At 3-3

Campbell Baseball outfielder Trenton Harris threw out Parks Harber, who was attempting to score after a Anthony Donofrio double, to keep the game tied at 3-3. 

Bottom Of Seventh Inning: Grant Knipp Doubles, Campbell Baseball Ties UNC 3-3

Grant Knipp doubled to left center field to lead off the inning and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. Knipp scored on a sacrifice fly by Lawson Harrill.

UNC pitcher Matthew Mattijs was able to get out of inning after the run. 

Top Of Seventh Inning: Bradley Packy Pitches 1-2-3 Inning

Packy Bradley struckout Vance Honeycutt to end the top of the seventh inning. Packy has now gone 2.1 innings with 31 pitches.

Bottom Of Sixth Inning: North Carolina Baseball Stands Runner After Matthew Mattijs Strikes Out 3

Kyle Percival left the game with on on and no outs and right-hander Matthew Mattijs took over. 

He did his job. The righty struck out three batters in a row to end the inning.

Top Of Sixth Inning: Packy Bradley Pitches Around Walk For Scoreless Inning. Camels Trail UNC 3-2

Bradley Packy induced a ground out and a flyout and after a Luke Stevenson walk, forced another ground out to end the inning. 

Bottom Of Fifth Inning: UNC Limits Campbell To 1 Run, Lead 3-2

Kyle Percival got out of the inning with a pop out. 

Bottom Of Fifth Inning: Campbell Answers Back; UNC Baseball 3, Campbell 2

Cameron Padgett walked Grant Knipp and after a sacrifice bunt and a ground out, Dalen Thompson singled to cut the lead to 3-2. 

Padgett was pulled for Kyle Percival. 

Top Of Fifth Inning: UNC Baseball Takes Lead, 3-1

Packy Bradley got Campbell out of the inning with a ground out. 

Top Of Fifth Inning: UNC Baseball Takes Lead 3-1

Casey Cook cleared the bases with a two-run double. Campbell is headed to the bullpen. 

 Packy Bradley is on the mound for Campbell.

Top Of Fifth Inning: Vance Honeycutt, UNC Baseball Ties It At 1-1

Vance Honeycutt singled to left field to tie the game at 1-1. 

Top Of Fifth Inning: Cole Peschl Running Into Jam

Luke Stevenson singled for UNC and pitcher Cole Peschl hit Colby Wilkerson to put two runners on. There are two outs with runners on the corners. 

Bottom Of Fourth Inning: Dalton Pence Works Around Walk To Get Out Of Inning. UNC Trails 1-0 

Dalton Pence recorded a strikeout and pitched another scoreless inning despite waking Chandler Riley. Pence now has five strikeouts in 2.1 innings. 

Top Of Fourth Inning: Campbell Baseball Pitcher Cole Peschl Rolling Through Tar Heels; Campbell 1, UNC 0

 Cole Peschl struckout two as the Tuesday starter and Division II transfer picked up his sixth strikeout of the game. He has thrown 64 pitches in the game. 

Bottom Of Third Inning: Dalton Pence Strikes Out 3; Campbell Leave Runner on 2B Leading 1-0

Dalton Pence allowed his sixth hit of the season, but the sophomore got out of the inning with three strikeouts.

Top Of Third Inning: Cole Peschl Hits Batter, But Strikes Out Vance Honeycutt. Campbell 1, UNC 0

Cole Peschl struckout two batter after hitting the leadoff man, including Vance Honeycutt as he got out of the inning scoreless. 

North Carolina vs. Campbell Baseball Highlights Lawson Harrill Home Run

Bottom Of Second Inning: Dalton Pence Gets Out Of Inning

Dalton Pence got Grant Knipp to pop out to end the inning. Pence has allowed just four hits this season in 10 innings entering the game.

Bottom Of Second Inning: Vance Honeycutt Makes Nifty Grab To Save Run; UNC Goes To Bullpen Trails 1-0

Vance Honeycutt, one of the best fielders in college baseball saved a run when tracked down a ball at the warning track against Campbell. 

Campbell put two runners on with two outs, and Connor Bovair was pulled, as Dalton Pence took over. Bovair had not started a game all season and had only pitched out of the pen in his previous six appearances. 

Top Of Second Inning: Cole Peschl Works Around Double With 2 Ks; Campbell 1, UNC 0

Cole Peschl recorded two strikeouts and worked around a Alberto Osuna double. It was the second time UNC had a runner in scoring position.  

Bottom Of First Inning: Campbell Baseball Takes The Lead Off Homer

UNC pitcher Connor Bovair struckout the first two hitters, but allowed back-to-back hits before getting out of the inning.

Bottom Of First Inning: Lawson Harrill Homers For Campbell Baseball, Lead UNC 1-0

One of the best hitters in the country, Grant Knipp, who entered the game with a averaged of .500 was retired by UNC pitcher Connor Bovair, who struckout the first two batters. 

But then he faced Lawson Harrill, hitting .381 for the season, hit a solo shot to give Campbell the lead. 

Top Of First Inning: Vance Honeycutt Gets On Base, Swipes Second; Campbell Gets Out UnScathed; 0-0

Top prospect Vance Honeycutt got on base, showcasing his speed as he beat a throw to first base then stole a base, his ninth of the season. 

Campbell pitcher Cole Peschl was able to get out of the inning with an inning-ending strikeout. 

First Pitch Is Here As No. 16 UNC Baseball, No. 22 Campbell Square Off Starting Now

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Campbell Baseball Roster And Lineup vs. UNC 

Here's the lineup for the Camels: 

UNC Baseball Roster And Lineup vs. Campbell

Here's the lineup for the Tar Heels:

UNC Baseball vs. Campbell All-Time Record

This is the 50th game between the two programs and Campbell is 10-39 all-time against North Carolina. However, Campbell won this game in 2023 6-5 in Chapel Hill. 

Campbell won the game on a walk-off hit-by-pitch.

College Baseball Rankings: Coaches Poll

1Wake Forest10-1770281-
5Oregon State11-1635061
6Texas A&M11-0601071
14North Carolina10-23240173
15North Carolina State9-23210183
16East Carolina7-4306012-4
17Texas Tech9-22460192
18Coastal Carolina9-22340202
19Dallas Baptist10-12030245
21South Carolina8-3153016-5
23UC Irvine9-01160252
25Florida State10-0580NR1

Schools Dropped Out

No. 21 Indiana

Others Receiving Votes

UC Santa Barbara 29; Georgia 27; Indiana 25; Louisiana Tech 24; Kentucky 24; Oklahoma State 16; Stanford 15; Oregon 13; Pitt 11; UCLA 7; Kansas State 7; Indiana State 7; Southern Miss 6; UCF 4; Troy 4; Rutgers 2; California 2; Virginia Tech 1; UNCW 1; Saint Louis 1; Northeastern 1;

Who Is Pitching For UNC Baseball vs. Campbell?

Senior Connor Bovair is making the start for the Tar Heels. Once a Sienna transfer, Bovair is in his third season with UNC. He made 14 starts in 2023 with a 4-4 record and a 5.57 ERA. So far this season he's pitched out of the bullpen and this will be his first start. In six appearances, he's pitched seven innings and allowed five hits but no earned runs. 

Who Is Pitching For Campbell Baseball vs. UNC?

RHP Cole Peschl, a transfer from University of Charleston, is the starting pitcher for Campbell tonight. He played two season for Division II Charleston in West Virginia before transfering. In two starts against East Carolina and Coastal Carolina-- both ranked teams at the time-- he has a 5.87 ERA in 7.2 innings. 

Campbell vs. UNC Baseball Top 2024 MLB Draft Prospects

The Tar Heels are led by one of the top prospects in all of college baseball, outfielder Vance Honeycutt. He enters this game batting .286 with a whopping six home runs in 11 games. Honeycutt, a 6-foot-3-inch, 205 pound junior from Salisbury, N.C. was third team All-ACC in 2024. He was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year. He batted .257 with 12 home runs in 50 games after a standout freshman season where he hit .296 with 25 home runs. 

The No. 6-ranked prospect at Baseball America and on the FloBaseball composite rankings, Honeycutt's athletic ability and glove, along with his power bat, drives his prospect profile. 

North Carolina also has a pair of 2025 MLB Draft prospects in Luke Stevenson (No. 21 College prospect) and Folger Boaz (No. 71). Boaz, a LHP, is 2-0 with a 2.18 ERA in three starts with 15 strikeouts in 16.2 innings. Catcher Luke Stevenson,a freshman eligible for the 2025 draft, is batting .333 with 10 RBI. 

Currently, Campbell doesn't have any top-100 draft prospects.

ACC Baseball Standings 

Here the ACC Baseball Standings:


  1. Florida State: 10-0
  2. Wake Forest: 10-1
  3. Clemson: 9-1
  4. NC State: 9-2
  5. Notre Dame: 8-2
  6. Boston College: 6-3
  7. Louisville: 7-4


  1. Duke: 10-1
  2. Virginia: 10-1
  3. Pitt: 8-1
  4. North Carolina: 10-2
  5. Virginia Tech: 8-3
  6. Georgia Tech: 7-3
  7. Miami: 6-5

CAA Baseball Standings

Here are the CAA Baseball Standings: 

  1. N.C. A&T: 9-2
  2. Campbell: 8-3
  3. William & Mary: 8-3
  4. Charleston: 7-3
  5. Northeastern: 5-3
  6. Delaware: 6-4
  7. UNCW: 6-6
  8. Hofstra: 4-6
  9. Elon: 4-7
  10. Stony Brook: 4-7
  11. Monmouth: 2-7
  12. Towson: 1-10

How To Watch Campbell vs. North Carolina Baseball

The game is streaming live on FloBaseball and the FloSports app. Replays of the game, highlights and breaking news will be on both platforms. 

When Is The North Carolina vs. Campbell Baseball Game?

First pitch is at 6 p.m. EST at Jim Perry Stadium in Buies Creek, N.C. 

College Baseball Rankings on D1Baseball Poll On March 4

(Team/Record/Previously ranked)

  1. Wake Forest 10-1, 1
  2. Arkansas 9-2, 2
  3. LSU 11-1, 3
  4. Florida 8-3, 4
  5. TCU 12-0, 5
  6. Oregon State 11-1, 6
  7. Texas A&M 11-0, 7
  8. Tennessee 11-1, 8
  9. Vanderbilt 10-3, 9
  10. Clemson 9-1, 10
  11. East Carolina 7-4, 11
  12. Duke 10-1, 12
  13. Virginia 10-1, 13
  14. NC State 9-2, 14
  15. Alabama 11-1, 15
  16. North Carolina 10-2, 16
  17. Texas Tech 9-2, 17
  18. Coastal Carolina 9-2, 18
  19. Auburn 9-2, 19
  20. Dallas Baptist 10-1, 20
  21. South Carolina 8-3, 21
  22. Campbell 8-3, 22
  23. UC Irvine 9-0, NR
  24. Texas 7-4, 24
  25. UC Santa Barbara 5-5, 25

Dropped out: Indiana

Baseball America NCAA Baseball Rankings On March 4

  1. Wake Forest (Previous ranking: No. 1)
  2. LSU (Previous ranking: No. 2)
  3. Arkansas (Previous ranking: No. 3)
  4. Oregon State (Previous ranking: No. 4)
  5. TCU (Previous ranking: No. 6)
  6. Florida (Previous ranking: No. 5)
  7. Tennessee (Previous ranking: No. 7)
  8. Virginia (Previous ranking: No. 8)
  9. Vanderbilt (Previous ranking: No. 9)
  10. Clemson (Previous ranking: No. 10)
  11. Texas A&M (Previous ranking: No. 11)
  12. Duke (Previous ranking: No. 13)
  13. South Carolina (Previous ranking: No. 12)
  14. Texas Tech (Previous ranking: No. 16)
  15. East Carolina (Previous ranking: No. 15)
  16. North Carolina (Previous ranking: No. 17)
  17. NC State (Previous ranking: No. 18)
  18. Auburn (Previous ranking: No. 19)
  19. UC Irvine (Previous ranking: No. 20)
  20. Dallas Baptist (Previous ranking: No. 23)
  21. Alabama (Previous ranking: No. 24)
  22. Coastal Carolina (Previous ranking: No. 22)
  23. Texas (Previous ranking: No. 14)
  24. Florida State (Previous ranking: Not ranked)
  25. Campbell (Previous ranking: No. 25)

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