No. 1 Carolina Rolls Past Pack, 7-1

No. 1 Carolina Rolls Past Pack, 7-1

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Junior Kent Emanuel allowed one run in eight innings to earn his ninth win of the year Friday night as the top-ranked Tar Heels downed No. 6 NC State, 7-1, in Raleigh.

Emanuel (9-1) pitched through the eighth inning for the fourth consecutive outing Friday night as he scattered seven hits and matched a career high with nine strikeouts.

The Tar Heels (41-3, 19-2 ACC) provided Emanuel plenty of run support as Colin Moran connected on his 11th home run of the year in the first inning. Brian Holberton also hit a home run for UNC, while Michael Russell paced five Tar Heels with two more hits as he connected on three singles.

Chaz Frank opened the contest with a single to center and moved to third base on a perfectly executed hit and run by Landon Lassiter who slapped a single through the vacated hole at shortstop.

After watching a called strike to open his at bat, Moran connected on a Ryan Wilkins offering and sent the pitch to dead center field and over the outstretched arm of center fiedler Brett Williams to put UNC up 3-0.

The Wolfpack (33-11, 14-8 ACC) would threaten with two outs in the second inning as they loaded the bases for leadoff man Trea Turner but Emanuel was able to elevate a fastball and get Turner swinging to end the threat.

The Tar Heels would take control of the contest in the third as they pushed across two more runs.

Brian Holberton hit his ninth home run of the year, a solo shot to right field, to put UNC up 4-0 before back-to-back singles by Cody Stubbs and Michael Russell put a runner in scoring position.

A ground ball that looked to be a double play was hit to third but the relay throw to first sailed over the first baseman's head allowing Stubbs to score and push the Tar Heel advantage to 5-0.

Emanuel would cruise through the next three frames before the Tar Heels tacked on an insurance run via small ball.

Mike Zolk opened the frame with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Matt Roberts before a Chaz Frank ground out moved him to third base. A Brett Austin passed ball would allow Zolk to score from third and give UNC a 6-0 lead.

NC State would eventually get on the scoreboard against Emanuel in the seventh inning when the Wolfpack loaded the bases with nobody out.

Emanuel buckled down and got a sacrifice fly for out number one before striking out NC State's three and four hitters to end the threat.

Carolina added another run in the eighth thanks to a Landon Lassiter RBI double and Emanuel returned to the bump to strike out three more in the bottom half.

Trent Thornton tossed a scoreless ninth inning to seal up Carolina's 7-1 win.

The Tar Heels will go for their 10th series win of the year Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. as Benton Moss will take the mound against NC State's Carlos Rodon.

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