Chad Flack extended his career-best hitting streak to 12 games with two hits Sunday.
March 5, 2006
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Six different Tar Heels drove in runs, and junior lefty Andrew Miller struck out 10 over seven innings as No. 2 North Carolina (10-1) closed out its three-game series with Purdue (2-3) with a 7-3 victory Sunday at Boshamer Stadium. Third baseman Reid Fronk homered for the second time this season and was one of four Tar Heels with two hits on the afternoon.
Miller (3-0) went seven innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks. The 10 strikeouts marked Miller's second straight double-digit strikeout outing and the sixth of his career. He fanned five of the first six batters he faced and did not allow a hit until the fourth inning. Miller and classmate Daniel Bard combined for 23 strikeouts over the last two games.
Fronk was 2-for-4 with the home run and two runs scored from the leadoff spot. First baseman Chad Flack, who pushed his hitting streak to a career-best 12 games, right fielder Matt Spencer, who has now hit safely in 10 straight, and second baseman Kyle Shelton all went 2-for-4. Shelton's two hits were a career best and he has hit safely in six straight games dating back to last season. Shortstop Josh Horton's RBI double in the fifth also extended his career-long hitting streak to 10 games.
Purdue starter Brent Coudron (0-2) took the loss after allowing five runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings. Second baseman Eric Osborn had two hits to lead the Boilermakers at the plate.
Shelton singled, took second on a wild pitch and scored on a single to right field by center fielder Seth Williams to give the Tar Heels a 1-0 lead after three. Carolina followed with two in the fourth, as Flack singled and scored on a Tim Federowicz RBI groundout, and Jay Cox walked and came home on Benji Johnson's double down the left field line.
In the fifth, Horton doubled home Fronk, who singled and stole second, for the first run in the inning. Horton then scored on a throwing error by Purdue shortstop to Mitch Hilligoss to give the Tar Heels a five-run cushion.
The Boilermakers got on the board in the sixth with an unearned run, but Fronk quickly pushed the Carolina advantage back to five runs with the solo homer to left center off reliever Andrew Groves. Fronk's homer was the third of his career.
Hilligoss then trimmed the Tar Heels' lead to three with a two-run single off Miller in the seventh. Catcher Jeff Mojzik followed with a single to center, but Williams threw out Hilligoss at the plate to end the inning.
The Tar Heels added an insurance run in the seventh when Horton walked and scored from second on a single by left fielder Jay Cox.
Carolina completes its 12-game home stand Wednesday at 3 p.m. when Appalachian State visits Boshamer Stadium.