After a tough weekend against ECU, Scott Forbes and the UNC baseball program responded with back-to-back victories over VCU.
The UNC baseball program had a rough weekend against ECU but rebounded nicely with two victories against VCU at Boshamer Stadium.
In game one, the Tar Heels wrapped up the month of February on a good note, as the long ball prevailed in their first victory over the Rams.
Tomas Frick got the offense going early with a home run in the bottom of the second inning, and Alberto Osuna, who was hitless coming into this game, followed right away with a homer of his own.
Just an inning later, Frick wasn’t done, as his three-run shot gave the Tar Heels a commanding 5-0 lead.
After VCU tacked on a few runs, Vance Honeycutt joined the home run parade in the fourth inning, and Mac Horvath opened up the game for good with a three-run shot in the bottom half of the sixth inning.
Ben Peterson got the win in relief, as he pitched two shutout innings. Overall, the Tar Heels bullpen didn’t allow a run over 4.2 innings of work.
Game two of the series was more of an offensive slugfest for both sides, as North Carolina held on for a 14-10 victory. Fortunately, the Tar Heels were able to secure the win even after making four defensive errors.
Jackson Van De Brake was the star in this game, as he was 3-4 at the plate with two home runs and five runs batted in. After hitting just one home run during his time at Tacoma Community College, the junior infielder already has four home runs in eight games played as a Tar Heel.
Horvath put together a three-hit performance, while Osuna and Colby Wilkerson had multi-hit games of their own.
Sitting at 6-3 on the season, Scott Forbes and the UNC baseball program will now turn its attention to their upcoming three-game weekend series against Stony Brook at home.