Behind five Tar Heel homers, the No. 13 North Carolina baseball team (5-3), beat the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams (2-5), 10-4, Tuesday evening at Boshamer Stadium.
The bats were cold for the Heels in the first inning as the top of the lineup went three up, three down.
In the top of the second, catcher Tomas Frick slammed his second home run of the season over the scoreboard. Junior Alberto Osuna followed his teammates' lead and bombed another over the left field fence — the first time Heels hit back-to-back homers since opening day last year when Angel Zarate and Danny Seretti went yard.
UNC had their best offensive output in the bottom of the third. Junior Mac Horvath hit a dropping line drive right over the head of VCU shortstop William Bean and stole his first base of the game to advance to second. One shot out of the park was not enough for the South Carolina native as Frick smashed a three-run homer on a 2-0 count, driving in Horvath and Casey Cook.
The Rams responded to the Tar Heel offense in the following inning by generating some offensive flow of their own. Bean homered to left center on his first seen pitch. VCU would go on to score an additional run in the frame when Ethan Brooks hit an RBI single to left center.
Pre-season All-American Vance Honeycutt hit a solo shot — his second of the season — over the left field fence in the bottom of the fourth.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Rams reminded the Tar Heels that the game was by no means put away by scoring two in the frame.
Horvath kept his bat rolling, whacking his fifth homer of the season over the left-center wall, garnering three additional runs as the Minnesota native sent Wilkerson and Alverez home.