Freshman leads UNC past Miami
Emanuel moves to 6-1 on season following dominating win
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Freshman southpaw Kent Emanuel earned his sixth win of the year as No. 10 North Carolina downed No. 20 Miami (27-13, 15-5 ACC) by a score of 8-1 Sunday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. The win snaps a five-game conference losing streak for the Tar Heels and improves their record to 32-10 on the year, including a 13-8 ACC mark.
Emanuel becomes the first freshman pitcher since Andy Gale in 2005 to throw a complete game. Gale tossed a shutout against Davidson on April 12 of 2005.
Emanuel ran his record to 6-1 on the year with the win becoming the second freshman in the ACC to reach the six win mark joining Miami's Bryan Radziewski. Emanuel also becomes the third Tar Heel pitcher with six wins equaling the total of seniors Greg Holt and Patrick Johnson.
The Tar Heels struck for three runs in their first at bat of the ball game getting a rally going with two outs in the inning. Colin Moran hit a high chopper up the middle before moving to second on a wild pitch.
A Jesse Wierzbicki walk put a pair of runners on for Chaz Frank who rifled a double down the right field line to plate Moran and Wierzbicki giving Carolina a 2-0 lead.
Jacob Stallings stretched the lead to 3-0 with a single to right field scoring Frank from second.
Carolina struck for two more runs in the very next inning to stretch the lead to 5-0. Tom Zengel, making his first start in the outfield this year, opened things off with a chopper back up the middle and moved to second when Brian Holberton dropped down a sacrifice bunt.
Colin Moran added to his ACC-leading RBI total with a single through the left side to plate Zengel before a wild pitch from E.J. Encinosa made it 5-0 in favor of the Tar Heels.
Starter Kent Emanuel did not need much run support Sunday afternoon as he allowed just one base runner through the first three innings. The Hurricanes picked up a pair of singles in the fourth but Emanuel's defense turned a double play behind him.
Jacob Stallings opened the bottom of the fifth with a lead off single that dropped in front of Nathan Melendres in center field. Stallings then made his way to third on a balk and a sacrifice bunt before Tom Zengel lifted a ball in to left field for a sacrifice fly, moving Carolina in front 6-0.
Miami broke up the shutout in the top of the sixth scoring a single run when Zeke DeVoss was hit by a pitch and then proceeded to steal second base. With DeVoss in motion on a 3-2 delivery Rony Rodriguez hit a high chopper over third baseman Colin Moran's head to cut the deficit to 6-1.
The Tar Heels answered with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the sixth when Tommy Coyle and Levi Michael connected on back-to-back doubles to make the lead 7-1. Carolina made it 8-1 later in the inning when Moran and Wierzbicki hit deep fly balls moving Michael up 90 feet each time.
The Hurricanes put a pair of runners on in the top of the seventh with two singles as Miami had runners at first and third with only one out. Emanuel's defense came to the rescue once again getting a tailor-made 6-4-3 double play to end the threat and keep Carolina in front 8-1.
Emanuel needed just six pitches to get through the top half of the eighth forcing the Hurricanes in to back-to-back fly outs and a ground out.
Miami picked up a pair of singles in the top half of the ninth but back-to-back fly balls to left fielder Chaz Frank ended the game as Emanuel notched the first complete game since May 15, 2010 when Matt Harvey threw one against Virginia.
Tommy Coyle and Jacob Stallings each finished with a pair of hits while Carolina's one through six hitters all scored at least one run and drove in a combined five runs.
Up next for the Tar Heels is a trip to Greenville, N.C. to take on East Carolina on Wednesday at 6 p.m. before a weekend off due to exams.