College Baseball

UNC rolls over Virginia Tech

News ReleasesApril 13, 2013 

— North Carolina set season highs in runs and hits in Friday’s series opener at Virginia Tech (22-13, 7-9 ACC) as the Tar Heels posted a 21-8 win over the Hokies.

The Tar Heels (32-2, 13-2 ACC) used the big inning to their advantage once again as they staked starting pitcher Kent Emanuel to a 6-0 lead before he even stepped foot on the mound.

The Hokies answered with a four-run bottom half of the first to keep the game close before the Tar Heels’ bats proved to be too much as North Carolina trotted 13 men to the plate in an eight-run fourth inning to blow the game open.

Brian Holbertso and Chaz Frank led the 21-hit parade with four knocks apiece, while Holberton came around to score a career-high five runs and Frank added a career-high four RBIs. Frank also connected on his first career home run, a three-run shot in the six-run first inning.

Colin Moran, Landon Lassiter and Michaell Russell all came around to score three times in the rout as 10 different Tar Heels recorded a hit. Cody Stubbs was responsible for three RBIs on the night as he hit his fourth home run of the year.

Emanuel settled down after the shaky first and gave the Tar Heel bullpen a rest as he went eight innings and allowed a career-high eight runs, six of which were earned. The win improves Emanuel to 7-1 on the year and 24-6 in his career, which ties for the ninth most in UNC history.

The 21 runs and 21 hits are the most for the Tar Heels in a game since a 2010 game in which North Carolina beat Princeton 25-1 on 22 hits.

Scores

Longwood 3, Campbell 2: Kyri Washington’s RBI double in the top of the eighth broke a tie at 2 to push visiting Longwood past Campbell.

Longwood improved to 17-18 overall and 7-6 in Big South play, while Campbell dipped to 29-7 on the season and 9-4 in conference games.

Washington doubled after scored Travis Biddix, who pinch ran for Scott Burkett after the junior catcher led off the inning with a single up the middle.

Campbell starter Ryan Mattes was charged with the loss, falling to 6-2 on the season after scattering three runs, two earned, on 10 hits with seven strikeouts and a walk in 7 1/3 innings. It was the third time this season Mattes collected seven strikeouts in a game, a career high.

Brent Graham and Michael Felton both went 2-for-4 for the Camels, while Reilly notched a 2-for-3 night with an RBI in his fifth start.

Duke: Due to the threat of inclement weather Sunday, Duke and Florida State will play a doubleheader Saturday at Dick Howser Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla. The first game on Saturday will start at 4 p.m., and the second game will begin 45 minutes after the completion of game one.

N.C. State: Friday’s game was postponed due to rain. N.C. State will play a doubleheader at Boston College, beginning at noon Saturday with Sunday’s series finale also scheduled to start at noon.

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