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.