UNC impressive in ACC tourney debut
Posted May 23, 2013
North Carolina came into the ACC tournament off of two weeks of under performing. The Heels went 4-4 in their last eight games, losing their only two series of the season back-to-back at Georgia Tech and against Virginia.
Georgia Tech was ranked 30th at the time. To say the losses there were a surprise would be an understatement. And then to make matters worse, the Heels didn't exactly bounce back. They followed it up by dropping the series to then No. 7 Virginia at home.
The win Monday against No. 8 Florida State was a much needed confidence booster heading into post season play.
North Carolina barely grabbed the No. 1 seed in the ACC tournament with one win over Virginia but for anyone that watched their first game in ACC tournament play Thursday it would definitely not appear that way.
After struggling the past two weeks, Carolina came out and dominated from the opening pitch.
Colin Moran earned his 84th RBI, setting the single-season school record and putting the Heels on board first.
Starter Kent Emanuel pitched a gem of a game, losing a no hitter in the fifth inning but not allowing any runs to score for the entire game.
Skye Bolt has had just enough time to get back into the swing of things after fracturing the second metatarsal in his right foot on Apr. 12. Bolt who has only been back playing since May 14th, had three hits, including a double and a run.
Junior Brian Holberton sent home three runs and crossed the plate himself off of three hits. Three of the Heels 18 hits on the day.
Cody Stubbs easily had the best offensive performance with four hits, three RBIs and a run. Not to mention Stubbs had the game-ending RBI double, bringing the 10-run mercy rule into effect in the eighth inning.
Miami never stood a chance.
Now Carolina preps to face No. 5 Clemson Friday night in their second game in pool play. NC State took care of the Tigers Thursday night and the Wolfpack now face Miami, in which they should also earn a W.
All things line up for a very important Saturday night game between North Carolina and NC State, as the game could very well decide who goes to the Championship game Sunday.