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UNC Places Three On DI Baseball Top 50 JUCO Impact List

UNC Places Three On DI Baseball Top 50 JUCO Impact List


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – With the start of the 2023 baseball season less than 50 days away, DI Baseball has named its Top 50 Impact JUCO Transfers, and the Diamond Heels have a trio of players on the list.

 

Transfers Jake Knapp (No. 6), Ben Peterson (No. 17) and Jackson Van De Brake (No. 45) were each named to the list, making UNC one of three schools with three players on the list along with Arizona and Oklahoma. Arkansas had the most players on the list with four.

 

UNC and Oklahoma were the only two schools with two players in the top 20 on the list.

 

Knapp is ranked as the sixth-best player on the list as he joins the Tar Heels after two seasons at Walters State College. As a sophomore, Knapp was named Third Team NJCAA All-America in addition to being selected to the All-TCAA First Team. He tied for the NJCAA lead in wins (14) and games started (18). Knapp struck out 113 batters in 82.2 innings pitched, finishing third in the TCAA in strikeouts.

 

Peterson was ranked No. 45 in the Top 50 Impact JUCO Transfers by DI Baseball. A native of Apex, N.C., he made 10 appearances during his one season at Florida Southwestern College with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 2.2. He compiled a 3.04 ERA in 26.2 innings pitched. Peterson began his collegiate career at Appalachian State in 2021 before transferring to Florida Southwestern.

 

Van De Brake rounds out the list of Diamond Heels on the list as he is ranked 45th. During his two years at Tacoma Community College, he played in 69 games and batted .331 with 19 extra base hits and was 35-for-38 in stolen base attempts. He helped created a total of 102 runs with 72 scored and 30 driven in, while drawing 53 walks. As a sophomore, he was named First Team All-Northwest Athletic Conference West Region and slashed .286/.451/.383. He also stole 25 bases and was caught only twice.

 

The 2023 season opens on Feb. 17 when the Diamond Heels host Seton Hall in a three-game series at Boshamer Stadium.

 

UNC’s 56-game schedule includes 37 home games, including 16 of its first 19. The Tar Heels open with five consecutive home games before a two-game road trip followed by 11 straight home games from Feb. 26 – March 12.

 

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