Appeared in 16 games and started 14 as a sophomore • Earned second-team All-ACC honors • Compiled a 7-4 record with a 2.73 ERA in 95.2 innings pitched • Struck out 83 batters and walked just 29, holding opponents to a .219 batting average • Also picked up a save in the ACC tournament win over NC State (5/20) • Has a career record of 19-4 that includes an 13-3 record in 19 starts • Ranks sixth in school history in career winning percentage among pitchers with at least 20 decisions (19-4, .826) • Went at least 5.0 innings in all 13 of 14 starts, allowing two earned runs or less in 10 of 14 • Named to the Golden Spikes Award midseason top 50 watch list • Posted a second straight dominant outing, allowing just two hits in 8.0 scoreless innings while matching a career high with 10 strikeouts against Wake Forest (4/11) • Tossed his first career complete-game shutout at Boston College (4/4),
allowing just three hits and three walks in 9.0 innings while striking out five • Lost for the first time as a starter at Duke (3/28) after allowing three runs (two earned) on nine hits in 7.0 innings • Got his fifth win in as many starts with 7.0 scoreless innings at Maryland (3/14), combining with Reilly Hovis for a shutout • Also posted wins against Pittsburgh (3/8), North Florida (2/28), Xavier (2/22) and Charleston (2/16) • Second-team preseason All-America selection by Louisville Slugger and the NCBWA.
Earned consensus freshman All-America honors (Baseball America, Perfect Game, NCBWA and Louisville Slugger) after a standout freshman season • Appeared in 29 games, including six starts, and had a 1.37 ERA in 91.2 innings, ninth best in school history • Finished with a team-high 12 wins against just one loss • His 12 wins were a UNC freshman record and are tied for fifth-most in school history • Also recorded a team-high eight saves, spending most of the season as the top bullpen arm for the Tar Heels • Second-team All-ACC selection • Allowed just 14 earned runs and walked just 19 batters in 91.2 innings • Struck out 81 batters, third-most on the team, while keeping opponents to a .204 batting average • Allowed an earned run in just nine of 29 appearances • Tossed at least seven innings in four of his six starts, including a 7-inning, 2-run win in the College World Series against LSU • Struck out five and retired 12 batters on just 48 pitches in relief during Carolina's regional-clinching win over Florida Atlantic (6/3) • Named to the NCAA Chapel Hill All-Regional team for his performance • Went 6.2 scoreless and hitless innings and struck out seven batters in relief against NC State in the ACC tournament (5/25)• Carried a no-hitter into the eighth and recorded a season-high eight strikeouts against Gardner-Webb (3/12).
Ardrey Kell High School
Ranked No. 370 nationally by Perfect Game and No. 12 in the state of North Carolina • Rated No. 10 in the state by Impact Baseball • Coached by Hal Bagwell all four years at Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte, N.C. • Team captain senior year • Also played basketball • Member of National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society • Member of Knights in Action community service.
Trent Edward Thornton is the son of Jeff and Patty Thornton • Born in Pittsburgh, Pa. • Birthday is Sept. 30 • Father played football at Indiana as quarterback • Grandfather, Jerry, played football and baseball at Kansas • Uncle, Wes, played football at Davidson.