Reid Fronk homered twice for his sixth straight multi-hit game.
April 9, 2006
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Third baseman Reid Fronk homered twice and drove in four runs Sunday to lead No. 2 North Carolina to a 9-6 win and a series victory over No. 14 Miami at Mark Light Field. Winners of back-to-back series against top-15 opponents, the Tar Heels (27-7, 9-6 ACC) matched a season-high with four home runs en route to a tie with the Hurricanes (24-12, 9-6 ACC) atop the Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division standings.
Fronk hit a two-run shot in the fourth and followed with a key solo homer in the eighth to give the Tar Heels a needed insurance run. The Charlotte product hit three home runs this week and is the first Carolina player with a multi-home run game since Chad Flack against Winthrop last May 10. He has six consecutive multi-hit games over his career-best 11-game hitting streak and now has seven homers and 28 RBI on the season.
Senior Jonathan Hovis (6-2) came on with two out in the fifth and faced just one over the minimum for 3.1 shutout innings to earn the win in relief. He allowed a single to the first man he faced before retiring nine of the next 10 Miami batters, including two via strikeout. His only walk was erased when catcher Benji Johnson threw out his third runner of the day in the sixth. Sophomore Andrew Carignan set down the Canes in order in the ninth to earn his eighth save on the season and second this weekend.
Designated hitter Tim Federowicz and first baseman Chad Flack also hit home runs for the Tar Heels, who went deep nine times in the three-game series. Federowicz homered for the second time on the weekend and seventh time this season to grab a share of the team RBI lead with 31. Flack's home run was his fourth.
Miami starter Scott Maine (5-2) allowed eight runs (six earned) on seven hits and four walks over just 4.2 innings. Giles and left fielder Dennis Raben each had two hits to pace the Canes at the plate.
After the Tar Heels went quietly in the first, Federowicz jumped on the first pitch he saw from Maine for a one-out solo home run in the second. A walk to right fielder Matt Spencer and a double down the left field line by Steed put runners in scoring position before Cavasinni singled to center, scoring Spencer. Fronk followed with a sacrifice fly to left to drive in Steed and give Carolina an early 3-0 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, UNC starter Daniel Bard hit Miami third baseman Danny Valencia, who came around to score on a Richard O'Brien double to cut the Carolina lead to two runs.
UNC doubled its output in the fourth on back-to-back home runs from Fronk and Flack off Maine. Fronk sent a 0-1 offering over the wall in right center for his first of the day, and Flack connected on the next pitch for a solo shot down the left field line to give the Tar Heels a 6-1 advantage. Cavasinni, who scored on Fronk's homer, drew a one-out walk to start the rally.
Giles doubled and scored on an RBI single by Raben in the bottom of the fourth, but the Tar Heels took advantage of a pair of Miami errors in the top of the fifth to extend their lead to 8-2. Federowicz reached on a bobbled grounder by Valencia and scored on Steed's second double of the day. Cavasinni followed with an infield single to shortstop Roger Tomas, whose throw errant throw to first allowed Steed to score.
But the Canes kept the pressure on in the fifth, batting around and scoring four times to trim Carolina's lead to just two runs. Second baseman Jemile Weeks tripled and scored on a single by Jay before first baseman Yonder Alonso hit two-run homer to right center to bring UM within three. Two batters later, Giles doubled to shallow center on a ball misplayed by UNC shortstop Josh Horton and scored on a single by Raben, which chased Bard from the game. Bard struck out six over just 4.2 innings for the Tar Heels but allowed six runs on eight hits and three walks.
Fronk's second home run off UM reliever Jon McLean in the eighth gave the Tar Heels the three-run cushion before Hovis and Carignan closed out the win.
Now winners of its last two series in Coral Gables, Carolina is back in action at Charlotte at 6 p.m. Wednesday.