Frick blasts two home runs, drives in six as UNC routs Penn State for 7th straight win

By R.L. Bynum

The hits and the power keep coming for No. 14 North Carolina.

Against a good Penn State team, the Tar Heels took batting practice Wednesday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium, pounding out 14 hits to blow out the Nittany Lions 15–5 for their seventh consecutive victory.

“I thought we did a good job top to bottom of not giving at-bats aways,” UNC head coach Scott Forbes said. “The name of the game is what do you do when runners are on base and that’s what we want to be good at, and they did a good job today.”

Junior catcher Tomas Frick led the offensive assault with two home runs — including a fourth-inning grand slam — to drive in six runs. Frick went 3 for 4 and has hit all six of his home runs in the last 54 plate appearances.

Junior first baseman Hunter Stokely also went 3 for 4, and made it a rout in the sixth inning with a three-run homer as the Tar Heels (11–3) scored double-digit runs for the seventh time this season.

Junior designated hitter Alberto Osuna went 3 for 4 with a walk and scored three runs.


After Carolina starter Will Sandy was hit for three runs in 1⅔ innings, the bullpen only gave up one earned run the rest of the way, beginning with 1⅔ shutout innings from junior right-hander Matt Poston.

“Will was much better,” Forbes said. “It was a matchup decision on our part. When we made that change the left was hitting .460 off left-handed pitchers and Poston had been good against left-handers, and we felt like that was a big moment. I was proud of Will because he attacked and got a one-two-three-inning, and with our bullpen being fresh and those guys needing to pitch we needed to go ahead and make that change.”

Junior left-hander Nelson Berkwich (1–0) gave up a solo home run in 1⅔ innings with a strikeout to get the win.

Sophomore left-hander Dalton Pence gave up two hits and an unearned run in 1⅓ inning with two strikeouts. Freshman right-hander Matthew Matthijs fanned five with two hits in 1⅔ shutout innings and freshman right-hander Will Simmons closed out the game by retiring Penn State in order in the ninth inning.

NOTES — Carolina won its first meeting with Penn State (8–3) since 2007, and leads the all-time series 8–6. … Penn State is only the second UNC opponent with a winning record (No. 12 East Carolina, 8–3, is the other) … Carolina opens ACC play with a weekend home series Friday through Sunday against No. 17 Virginia (11–0).

No. 14 UNC 15, Penn State 5

(current rank)
17Friday10–8 LSeton HallHome0–1
18Saturday11–2 WSeton HallHome1–1
19Sunday4–2 WSeton HallHome2–1
21Tuesday14–2 WRadfordHome3–1
22Wed.10–0 WLongwoodHome4–1
24Friday6–5 LNo. 8 East CarolinaGreenville4–2
26Sunday6–5 LNo. 8 East CarolinaHome4–3
28Tuesday10–4 WVCUHome5–3
1Wed.14–10 WVCUHome6–3
3Friday3–2 W
11 innings
Stony BrookHome7–3
4Saturday7–5 WStony BrookHome8–3
5Sunday15–4 WStony BrookHome9–3
7Tuesday8–4 W,
5 innings
Western CarolinaHome10–3
8Wed.15–5 WPenn StateHome11–3
10Friday7–3 LNo. 5 VirginiaHome11–4,
0–1 ACC
11Saturday8–4 LNo. 5 VirginiaHome11–5,
0–2 ACC
11Saturday6–0 WNo. 5 VirginiaHome12–5,
1–2 ACC
14Tuesday16–3 WCharlotteCharlotte13–5
15Wed.16–2 WHigh PointHome14–5
17, 18Friday,
17–7 WPittsburghPittsburgh15–5,
2–2 ACC
21Tuesday6–4 WN.C. A&THome16–5
23Thursday6–3 WDukeHome17–5,
3–2 ACC
24Friday8–5 LDukeHome17–6,
3–3 ACC
25Saturday5–3 WDukeHome18–6,
4–3 ACC
28Tuesday4 p.m.No. 19 Coastal CarolinaHomeNone
31Friday6 p.m.Notre DameSouth Bend, Ind.ESPN3
1Saturday3 p.m.Notre DameSouth Bend, Ind.ESPN3
2Sunday1 p.m.Notre DameSouth Bend, Ind.ESPN3
4Tuesday7 p.m.No. 9 South CarolinaCharlotteESPN3
6Thursday6 p.m.Georgia TechAtlantaSECN+
7Friday6 p.m.Georgia TechAtlantaESPN3
8Saturday1 p.m.Georgia TechAtlantaACCN
11Tuesday6 p.m.QueensHomeESPN3
13Thursday7 p.m.No. 23 MiamiHomeACCN
14Friday6 p.m.No. 23 MiamiHomeESPNU
15Saturday2 p.m.No. 23 MiamiHomeESPN3
18Tuesday6 p.m.CharlotteHomeESPN3
21Friday6 p.m.No. 14 Boston CollegeHomeESPN3
22Saturday2 p.m.No. 14 Boston CollegeHomeESPN3
23Sunday1 p.m.No. 14 Boston CollegeHomeESPN3
25Tuesday6 p.m.UNCWHomeESPN3
28Friday7 p.m.Virginia TechBlacksburg, Va.ESPN3
29Saturday7 p.m.Virginia TechBlacksburg, Va.ACCN
30Sunday1 p.m.Virginia TechBlacksburg, Va.ESPN3
2Tuesday6 p.m.CampbellHomeESPN3
3Wednesday5 p.m.No. 8 East CarolinaGreenvilleESPN+
9Tuesday6 p.m.Gardner-WebbHomeESPN3
11Thursday7 p.m.N.C. StateHomeESPN3
12Friday6 p.m.N.C. StateHomeACCN
13Saturday2 p.m.N.C. StateHomeESPN3
16Tuesday7 p.m.Coastal CarolinaConway, S.C.ESPN3
18Thursday6 p.m.ClemsonClemson, S.C.ESPN3
19Friday6 p.m.ClemsonClemson, S.C.ESPN3
20Saturday1 p.m.ClemsonClemson, S.C.ACCN
23–28 Tuesday–
TBAACC ChampionshipDurhamESPN3
TBANCAA Super RegionalsTBA
TBACollege World SeriesOmaha, Neb.
Rankings according to D1Baseball.

Photo courtesy of UNC Athletics Communications


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