CHAPEL HILL — Left-hander Hobbs Johnson struck out a season-high nine over five innings Wednesday night as top-ranked North Carolina downed The Citadel 13-0.
Johnson (3-0) held the Bulldogs to just two hits in his 10th start of the year for the Tar Heels (42-4).
Michael Russell and Colin Moran combined to drive in nine runs as Russell set a career high with five RBIs. Moran set a season high as his four RBIs ran his total to 74.
Moran, the national leader in RBIs, added to his total during the second inning when he hit his 12th home run of the year and second grand slam of his career to push the Tar Heels’ advantage to 6-0. Five of the runs were unearned.
The Citadel (27-19) registered its first hit to open the fifth inning and put a runner on second base for the first time with another single. Johnson forced a flyout and struck out the final two batters he would face to end the threat.
Russell added three runs in the seventh with his second home run of the year, a three-run shot to push the lead to 10-0.
Kent Emanuel two innings and relievers Chris McCue, Mason McCullough and Trent Thornton combined on two scoreless innings to close out the win.
Wake Forest 17, Elon 6: Grant Shambley had two hits and four RBIs and Conor Keniry added two hits and drove in three for the Deacons (26-23), who scored the final 11 runs to roll at Elon (23-25).
Ryan Kinsella had two of the Phoenix’s 11 hits and drove in three.