Chapel Hill, NC -
Top-ranked North Carolina scored four runs
in both the first and third innings and cruised to a 10-3 win over Clemson in
front of 3,945 fans at Boshamer Stadium on Saturday night. The Tar Heels, who took a 1-0 lead in the
series, improved to 24-1 overall and 8-1 in the ACC. The Tigers dropped to 16-10 overall and 5-5
in ACC play.
North Carolina starter Kent Emanuel (5-1)
pitched 8.0 strong innings to earn the win.
He scattered nine hits and allowed only one run and one walk with five
Tiger starter Daniel Gossett (3-2) suffered
the loss, as he surrendered 10 hits and eight runs with one strikeout in 3.0
innings pitched. Mike Kent pitched the
final 5.0 innings and gave up just two runs and no walks.
The Tar Heels jumped out to a 4-0 lead in
the first inning. Landon Lassiter belted
a one-out double that landed on the left-field line and advanced to third on
Colin Moran's single to left-center.
Skye Bolt followed with a line-drive single down the right-field line on
a 1-2 pitch to score Lassiter, then Cody Stubbs ripped a triple down the
right-field line to score Moran and Bolt.
Two batters later, Michael Russell lined a two-out single to left field
to plate Stubbs.
In the top of the third inning, Tyler
Slaton lined a two-out single to right field and advanced to third on Steven
Duggar's single through the right side.
Steve Wilkerson struck out, but he reached first and Slaton scored on a
North Carolina responded with four runs in
the bottom of the third inning. Stubbs
lined a one-out single down the right-field line on a 1-2 pitch and Brian
Holberton flared a single to right-center.
After Russell was hit-by-pitch to load the bases, Mike Zolk lofted a
sacrifice fly to right to score Stubbs.
Matt Roberts followed with a two-out, three-run homer to left field, his
first career long ball, to give North Carolina 8-1 lead.
In the top of the fifth inning, Tyler
Krieger grounded a leadoff single through the right side, then Slaton lined a
single to right field. Duggar walked to
load the bases with no outs, but the next three Tigers were retired without
Clemson scoring a run in the frame.
The Tar Heels added to their lead in the
bottom of the fifth inning. Russell
reached on a one-out, infield single and advanced to third on Zolk's hit-and-run
single. Roberts reached on an error on a
safety squeeze bunt that allowed Russell to score.
Moran led off the eighth inning with a
single up the middle on an 0-2 pitch, but was erased when he was hit by Bolt's
grounder. Stubbs grounded a single
through the right side, then pinch-hitter Parks Jordan grounded a single up the
middle to score Bolt.
In the ninth inning, Thomas Brittle led off
with a single up the middle. Two batters
later, Slaton drew a one-out walk, then Duggar ripped a double to right-center
to score Brittle. Wilkerson lofted a
sacrifice fly to left to score Slaton.
All 10 Tar Heels who stepped to the plate
in the game had at least one hit, as North Carolina totaled 19 hits in
all. Stubbs led the way by going 4-for-5
with a triple, two RBIs, and two runs.
Chaz Frank and Moran added three hits apiece, while Roberts had a
game-high four RBIs.
For the second game in a row, Clemson put
14 batters on base but managed only three runs.
Slaton went 3-for-4 with two runs and a walk to lead the Tigers, who
totaled 11 hits in the contest. Duggar
added a double, single, one RBI, and a walk.
Eight of the nine Tiger starters had at least one hit.
Clemson and North Carolina will play
game-two of the three-game series on Sunday at 7:00 PM. The game will be televised by RSN and will be available online on ESPN3.