Through the first two weeks of the baseball season, there has been a power surge in Chapel Hill.
For the first time since 1999, the Diamond Heels have crushed 17 home runs in nine outings. Eight of those homers came on Tuesday and Wednesday in North Carolina's sweep over VCU.
In stark contrast to the team's previous series against ECU, when the bullpen collapsed and the Tar Heels left numerous runners on base, North Carolina relied on its power to push past the Rams in convincing fashion.
Juniors Tomas Frick and Jackson Van De Brake each came through with a multi-homer game in the series.
To Frick, calming down and being in the “best shape of his life” is what has helped him find success at the plate.
“I'm a high-energy guy. I kind of get really amped up,” Frick said. “So, going into the box, I'm really not thinking about much. Just make sure I stay doing my routine over and over and it just kind of calms me down.”
When Frick steps up to bat, he is not thinking of swinging for the fences or reaching certain power numbers.
“Once I get that pitch I just kind of react and let my hands work,” Frick said. “It [hitting homers] doesn't surprise me, I mean, I've always had that just kind of power, I just hadn’t untapped it now.”
After hitting just one homer in his two-year stint at Tacoma Community College, Van De Brake has erupted in his first season with the Tar Heels. With two homers in UNC's 14-10 win on Wednesday, he's already surprised many with his new approach at the plate.