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UNC thumps Miami in ACC tourney opener

Posted May 23, 2013
Updated May 24, 2013

The top-seeded University of North Carolina earned an eight-inning, mercy-rule win over No. 8 Miami Thursday in ACC Tournament play at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park after Cody Stubbs hit a game-ending RBI double to plate Colin Moran in a 10-0 win.

North Carolina jumped out to an early lead scoring three runs on five hits in the first inning. In the process, Moran set the single-season school record with his 84th RBI. Brian Holberton followed Moran with a two-RBI single to center for a 3-0 Tar Heels lead. 

Stubbs had a team-high four hits, scored a run and batted-in three. North Carolina starting pitcher Kent Emanuel pitched all eight innings, keeping the Hurricanes scoreless.

Miami's first hit of the game came with two outs in the fifth as Garrett Kennedy singled through the right side to end Emanuel's bid for a no hitter.

With two outs and David Thompson in scoring position in the top of the second, Emanuel saved a Hurricanes score by grabbing a comebacker and spinning around to make the out at first.

In the third, Skye Bolt doubled off the Blue Monster to send Moran to third base. Stubbs followed Bolt with a single to center sending both Moran and Bolt home. Two more hits and two more runs extended the Heels lead to 5-0.

With North Carolina runners in scoring position and one out in the bottom of the sixth, Miami pulled left-handed starter Andrew Suarez for righty Eric Whaley. Suarez allowed 11 hits, five earned runs and had one walk and four strikeouts in five innings.

Two doubles in the seventh notched two more runs bringing the Heels lead to 9-0. After the heavy-hitting seventh, Miami changed pitchers opting to close the game with righty Vince Kossak.

North Carolina faces No. 5 Clemson Friday at 7 p.m. and No. 4 NC State Saturday to round out pool play.

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  • 4tarheels May 24, 10:46 a.m.

    cheaters never win

    — Posted by kmorsreturn

    It's okay, dook didn't make the tourney.

  • kmorsreturn May 24, 9:55 a.m.

    cheaters never win

  • wjuliang May 24, 9:47 a.m.

    Heels are just warming up. Looking forward to todays game as well as the beat down that will be... View More

    — Posted by Honesty first

    Hope so! But all games are going to be tough now.

    Go Heels!

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh May 24, 9:28 a.m.

    With our pitching rotation we'll have Emanuel for the Championship game on Sunday with the... View More

    — Posted by 75Tarheel

    Good point about Emanuel being ready for Sunday. Also, great to see Roy supporting the Diamond Heels like always.

  • Honesty first May 24, 8:47 a.m.

    Heels are just warming up. Looking forward to todays game as well as the beat down that will be put upon the Raleigh Boys.

  • 75Tarheel May 24, 8:11 a.m.

    With our pitching rotation we'll have Emanuel for the Championship game on Sunday with the remaining staff on 1-2 days rest for some variety if need be. With everyone dialed in with their bats it's going to be fun to watch this group in the rest of the ACCT.

    GO HEELS!!!

  • ncstateforever May 24, 7:31 a.m.

    Enjoyed watching the heels game yesterday. Several of the balls hit into the left field wall would have been out of normal college parks. I just hope the heels can continue to hit the ball as well as they did and the pitching hangs on.
    I was able to watch some of the other games. VT really look they are playing well that home run to end the game with FSU was a climax to another great college game.
    Go Heels!

  • The Greatest Ever May 24, 7:21 a.m.

    Good Job! Go Heels!

  • Spirit of Evilash May 24, 6:38 a.m.

    UNC wasted their best pitcher today, not very smart!

    — Posted by jdupree

    It's called maintaining your rotation and having faith in all three of your weekend starters.... View More

    — Posted by heelsforever

    No kidding...i think Fox has shown he knows how to win and get to CWS...this comment can only... View More

    — Posted by ugottabkiddinme

    Yep, those crazy Wolfies just don't understand that one pitcher does not make a team (See Carols Rodon), or that you have to maintain a rotation. Hobbs has pitched extremely well and has electric stuff. He's a bit eratic at times but when he gets dialed in...he came awfully close to a no hitter last year and is the only starter not to give up a HR. He's been steadier than Moss or Emmanuel lately IMHTHO. What was great yesterday was the aggressiveness at the plate. I thought they have been a bit too patient and yesterday the boys attacked. THUMP!!!

  • 4tarheels May 24, 5:54 a.m.

    Great job Heels. Get back on track and start a streak to Omaha.

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