BC High alum Shea Sprague competes in College World Series for UNC

Shea Sprague. UNC Athletics photo

He's going from Morrissey Boulevard to the mound of the College World Series.

Shea Sprague, whose family has deep roots in Dorchester, is expected to be the starting pitcher today for the University of North Carolina men's baseball team as they take on Virginia in Game 1 of the championship tournament today in Omaha, Nebraska.

The BC High alumnus has been a standout for the Tar Heels this season. The 6’3 junior left Dorchester in 2021 ranked by Prep Baseball Report as the no. 47 seed overall prospect in Massachusetts and no. 7 lefty pitcher in the state.

Today's game starts at 2 p.m. and can be streamed on ESPN.

Sprague is a Hanover resident, but his family hails from Dot originally and he was a standout as a player at BC High's Monan field.

Shea played at Elon University where he dominated the Coastal Athletic Association (CAA). In just two seasons with the team, he was recognized as a two-time First Year All-CAA, 2022 CAA Co-Rookie of the Year, and 2022 Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-America. During his sophomore season, Sprague led the CAA pitching 90.1 innings with a 2.69 earned run average and 82 strikeouts. At the end of the season, he finished with the second-highest win total of any starter in the league with seven wins.

Last June, Sprague announced that he was transferring to UNC. So far, he has pitched 74.1 innings in baby blue. If all things go right, the left-handed pitcher hopes to add a few more in Omaha this month.

While this will be the Tar Heels' 12th appearance in the CWS they have not made the tournament since 2018. This will also mark the first time the team returns to Omaha under the leadership of head coach Scott Forbes.

Forbes and the no. 4 Diamond Heels (47-14) will officially begin their CWS journey as they take on the no. 12 Virginia Cavaliers (46-15). These two teams last shared the diamond on April 5, when the Tar Heels lost to the Cavaliers in Charlottesville 2-7.

If Sprague and UNC win today, they will advance within bracket one and play the winner of Tennessee versus Florida State.

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