Bryan Steed hit .444 last week with six RBI.
April 10, 2006
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Coming off its series win at Miami, No. 2 North Carolina returns to the road Wednesday at Charlotte at 6 p.m. The Tar Heels posted a 3-1 win in their first meeting with the 49ers March 28 in Chapel Hill.
Carolina leads the all-time series with Charlotte, 24-5-1, and it posted an 8-5 win in its last trip to Tom and Lib Phillips Field in 2004.
After their fourth straight road game, the Tar Heels return to Boshamer Stadium to host Virginia Tech for three games this weekend. Game times at 7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
NOTING THE WEEK OF APRIL 3-9: ACC Player of the Week Reid Fronk led the Tar Heels to a 4-1 week and a series win at No. 14 Miami with a .579 average (11-19), 10 runs scored, nine RBI, four doubles, a triple and three home runs. He slugged 1.368 with 26 total bases on the week and also notched a .625 on-base percentage on the strength of 11 hits, three walks and one hit by pitch.
In three games against the Hurricanes, Fronk went 6-for-10 with six runs scored, four RBI, two homers, a double and a triple. He reached base at a .667 clip in the series and slugged 1.500. He led Carolina to a 9-6 win Sunday in the rubber game of the series with a two-run home run in the fourth, a solo shot in the eighth and four RBI. He is the first Tar Heel to record a multi-home run game since Chad Flack against Winthrop May 10, 2005. Fronk matched a career high with three hits, including a home run, in the 23-7 win over Davidson Wednesday and also equaled a career-best with three runs scored against the Wildcats and in the loss to Miami Saturday.
Fronk is on a run of six straight multi-hit games and has hit in 11 consecutive contests for a career-best hitting streak. He is batting .439 (18-41) over this run. On the season, Fronk is fourth on the team with a .341 average and 28 RBI, first with 11 doubles and second with seven home runs, all of which are career highs in just 34 games this season.
With the series win at Miami, Carolina improved to 27-7 overall and 9-6 in the ACC. The Tar Heels share the Coastal Division lead with Miami but hold the important tie-breaker over the Canes thanks to the series victory.
By taking two of three from Miami, UNC won its second straight series against a top-15 ranked opponent. The Tar Heels took two of three from No. 1 Florida State last weekend and did the same to No. 14 Miami. Carolina went 5-4 in its nine-game ACC stretch against traditional powers Georgia Tech, FSU and Miami and is 7-5 versus nationally-ranked opponents on the season.
Carolina hit nine home runs in the series win over Miami, including four Sunday to tie a season high. The Tar Heels now have 45 homers in 34 games this season and have allowed just 18.
The Tar Heels 23-run outburst against Davidson Wednesday marked the most runs for Carolina since a 24-12 victory over Princeton March 9, 2003. The Tar Heels also pounded out a season-high 24 hits against the Wildcats.
Closer Andrew Carignan allowed his first earned run of the season Saturday but saved both wins against Miami with dominating performances. Friday he struck out the final four batters he faced over a two-inning appearance in an 8-7 win, and Sunday he set down the Canes in order in the ninth to secure the 9-6 victory. On the year, Carignan has eight saves and a 0.50 ERA in 18 innings and has 22 strikeouts to just six walks.
Junior second baseman Bryan Steed had a big week at the plate, hitting .444 (8-15) with five runs scored and six RBI. He drove in four runs on three hits in the 23-7 win over Davidson Wednesday, and hit his first home runs since 2004 in the win over Miami Friday. Sunday, Steed doubled twice and scored two runs in the series clincher versus Miami.
Junior lefty Andrew Miller picked up a win Friday to move to 7-0 for the second straight season. He went six innings versus the Canes and allowed two earned runs on five hits a season-high four walks. Miller struck out three and now has 256 in his career, which is just one short of six place on the Tar Heels' all-time list.
As pitching coach Scott Forbes continues to build bullpen depth, sophomore relievers Mike Facchinei, Tyler Trice and Rob Wooten combined to strike out 10 batters and allow just one run on five hits over seven innings this week.
Freshman outfielder Mike Cavasinni had the best week of his young career hitting 4-for-10 with four RBI and four runs scored. He matched a career high with two hits in Sunday's win over Miami and drove in a pair of runs in the win over Davidson. Cavasinni was 3-for-5 against the Hurricanes.