Frank leads No. 1 North Carolina past No. 30 Coastal Carolina
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Chaz Frank broke up a no-hitter in the sixth inning Wednesday with a game-tying RBI triple as No. 1 North Carolina scored five unanswered runs in a 5-1 win against No. 30 Coastal Carolina.
The Tar Heels (35-2) scored a pair of runs in the sixth inning and three more in the seventh inning en route to their 10th-consecutive win.
Coastal Carolina (24-13) took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning when Jacob May connected on a solo home run to open the inning.
The solo blast was the lone blemish on starter Chris Munnelly's line as the senior struck out six in 6.1 innings of work. Munnelly improved to 4-0 on the year as he won his third straight midweek start.
Parks Jordan started the sixth-inning rally for the Tar Heels with a one-out walk and raced around from first on Frank's 13th career triple, moving him into third place on the career triples list at UNC.
Colin Moran would register his 57th RBI of the year two batters later as he plated Frank with a sacrifice fly and put the Tar Heels in front, 2-1.
Munnelly combined with reliever Chris McCue on a scoreless seventh inning before the Tar Heel bats added a few insurance runs.
Cody Stubbs opened the seventh with an opposite field solo home run, his fifth of the year, to put Carolina in front, 3-1.
A walk to Michael Russell and a single by Mike Zolk put runners on the corners for catcher Matt Roberts after Stubbs' blast. The junior backstop dropped down a sacrifice squeeze bunt toward first base to plate Russell and move Zolk into scoring position.
Parks Jordan would push the lead to 5-1 in favor of the Tar Heels as he lined a RBI single into left center and Zolk came around to score.
McCue delivered a 1-2-3 eighth inning and returned to the mound for the ninth.
Coastal Carolina opened the ninth inning with a single to center before McCue retired the next two batters with a strikeout and a tremendous over the shoulder running grab in shallow left field by shortstop Michael Russell.
McCue would issue a walk to put a pair of runners on base as Trent Thornton was summoned from the bullpen.
A single by the Chanticleers' leadoff man Trent Blackman, his fourth hit of the day, would load the bases before Thornton forced a ground ball to the right side that was handled by second baseman Mike Zolk and flipped to Cody Stubbs at first base to end the game.
Munnelly improved to 4-0 on the year, while Thornton recorded his second save of the season.
The Tar Heels will carry their 10-game winning streak into Wednesday's contest against Elon. Freshman Reilly Hovis will take the mound for Carolina in a 6 p.m. contest at Boshamer Stadium.