No. 4 Tar Heels Hold Off GW In Series Opener, 11-7

Spencer, Flack combine for eight RBI as Carolina moves to 5-0.

Robert Woodard improved to 2-0 with six shutout innings Friday.

Robert Woodard improved to 2-0 with six shutout innings Friday.

Feb. 24, 2006

Box Score

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Preseason All-America right-hander Robert Woodard tossed six shutout innings to win his 13th consecutive decision, and right fielder Matt Spencer homered and drove in a career-best four runs to lead No. 4 North Carolina past George Washington, 11-7, Friday at Boshamer Stadium. The Tar Heels (5-0) have scored 47 runs over their last three games but had to hold off a late-inning rally by the Colonials (1-1) to secure the win.

Carolina jumped out to an 11-0 lead after six innings, but George Washington rallied for seven runs off Tar Heel relievers before Matt Danford got the final two outs in the eighth, and Jonathan Hovis retired the side in order in the ninth to nail down the victory.

Woodard (2-0) gave up six hits and just one walk while striking out four. The Charlotte native worked out of jams in both the fourth and fifth innings, stranding five runners over this stretch. Woodard, who also picked off two runners on the day, is now 11-0 in his career in Chapel Hill. He now sports a 0.75 earned run average on the season.

Spencer, who has a team-best 11 runs batted in compared to just 10 a year ago, homered in the third and followed with an RBI groundout in the fifth. Shortstop Josh Horton, who led the Tar Heels with three hits, also walked twice and drove in two runs.

First baseman Chad Flack, third baseman Reid Fronk and outfielder Jay Cox have each hit safely in all five games this season. Flack also drove in a season-best four runs, while Fronk went 2-for-4 with a walk.

GW starter Derrik Lutz (0-1) took the loss, allowing seven runs (three earned) on six hits in five innings.

Spencer's two-out, three-run homer to right field was the big blow in Carolina's four-run third inning. Second baseman Bryan Steed reached on a throwing error by Lutz and moved to third on a pair of wild pitches to start the rally. Horton followed with a single to center to plate Steed, and Flack walked before Spencer cleared the bases with his second home run of the season. All four runs in the inning were unearned.

The Tar Heels added three more in the fifth to push their lead to 7-0. Horton drove in the first run of the frame with an RBI double to left center, his third hit of the afternoon. Flack and Spencer followed with run-scoring groundouts, driving in Fronk, who singled, and Horton.

Carolina followed with four more runs in the sixth, three of which scored on a bases-loaded double by Flack. Left fielder Matt Iannetta singled and came home on an error to score the first run of the inning. Fronk and Horton both drew two-out walks before Flack cleared the bases for an 11-0 lead.

GW third baseman Tom Shanley broke up the Tar Heels' bid for a second straight shutout with a seventh inning grand slam, trimming the lead to 11-4. The Colonials, who also got a two-run double from shortstop Michael Parker, followed with three more runs in the eighth to make things interesting.

The series continues at 1 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Boshamer. Junior righty Daniel Bard will start game two for the Tar Heels with junior left-hander set to go in the series finale.

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