Ninth-ranked Tar Heels trounce USC
Sophomore Emanuel improves to 3-0, wins 10th consecutive
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- No. 9 North Carolina rolled to an 11-1 win against visiting USC on Friday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium as the Tar Heels ran their winning streak to six games. Sophomore Kent Emanuel threw six shutout innings to improve to 3-0 and now has won 10 consecutive decisions.
Emanuel ran his scoreless innings streak to 12, after blanking Wright State a week ago. The southpaw allowed six hits and walked two but struck out a season-high eight batters, one shy of his career high.
Cody Stubbs paced the UNC offense with two doubles and his first home run to break open the game in the third. Stubbs finished the day 4-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI.
Chaz Frank and Colin Moran contributed two hits and two RBI, while Moran connected on his second home run of the season.
Junior reliever R.C. Orlan threw 1-2/3 innings of scoreless relief and has not allowed a run in 10-2/3 innings and owns a scoreless streak of 14-1/3 dating to last year.
Carolina struck in the bottom of the second inning when Jacob Stallings started off with a single up the middle. Stallings moved to third when Stubbs drove a ball down the left-field line for a double putting two runners in scoring position.
Tom Zengel slapped a single through the right side to plate Stallings to give Carolina a 1-0 advantage before the Tar Heels started grinding out at-bats against USC starter Andrew Triggs.
Mike Zolk battled for an eight-pitch walk to load the bases and Parks Jordan followed by working a 3-2 count and walking as well to plate another run for Carolina. Frank then lifted a ball to deep center field, which allowed Zengel to tag up and score, making it 3-0 after two innings.
USC tried to bounce back in the top of the third against Emanuel as the Trojans notched a lead-off single but Emanuel retired the next two batters via strikeout. The Trojans would not go away as a single and a walk loaded the bases before Emanuel forced Kevin Swick to hit a comebacker which Emanuel turned into the final out of the inning.
Stubbs broke out the big stick in the bottom of the third when he blasted his first home run. Moran opened the inning with a single up the middle and stole second but was cut down at third on a fielder's choice off the bat of Jacob Stallings. Stubbs then stepped in and unleashed a blast to right center for a two-run home run to up UNC's lead to 5-0.
USC broke through in the top of the seventh when it picked up a pair of singles against reliever Andrew Smith. R.C. Orlan came out of the pen with one out in the inning and was unable to snare a comebacker that made its way up the middle to make it 5-1, Tar Heels.
Orlan buckled down and forced a fly out and a pop out to strand the bases loaded.
Carolina's bats carried the momentum into the bottom of the inning when Tommy Coyle singled and Colin Moran followed with his second home run, making it 7-1.
The Tar Heels tacked on four insurance runs in the eighth as Frank, Stubbs and Brian Holberton notched RBI hits. Matt Roberts contributed a bases-loaded walk.
Freshman Chris McCue closed out the contest with a scoreless ninth in his collegiate debut.