Tar Heels shut out Miami in ACC tourney opener

May. 24, 2013 @ 01:41 AM

Kent Emanuel threw eight scoreless innings, while Cody Stubbs and Brian Holberton each drove in three runs to help North Carolina beat Miami 10-0 on Thursday in pool play of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Emanuel (10-3) allowed four hits for the top-seeded Tar Heels (49-8) in a game called in the eighth inning due to a 10-run mercy rule. UNC got a fast start with Colin Moran getting an RBI single and Holberton adding a two-run single in the third inning. Stubbs finished with four hits.

Moran's RBI was his 84th of the year, setting a school single-season record.

Andrew Suarez (3-5) took the loss for the eighth-seeded Hurricanes (35-22), allowing 11 hits and seven runs in 5 1/3 innings. Miami managed only four singles.

Both teams play again Friday. North Carolina plays fifth-seeded Clemson in Pool A, while Miami faces No. 4 seed North Carolina State.

Virginia 8, Georgia Tech 2

Nick Howard and Kenny Towns each drove in two runs, while Scott Silverstein flirted with a complete-game performance to help Virginia beat Georgia Tech 8-2 on Thursday in pool play at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Silverstein (9-1) allowed two runs in 8 2/3 innings for the third-seeded Cavaliers (46-10), who rebounded from Wednesday's loss to Virginia Tech in their tournament opener.

Howard and Towns hit consecutive home runs in the fourth for a 4-1 lead, then Brandon Downes added a homer in a three-run sixth for Virginia.

Zane Evans had three hits for the seventh-seeded Yellow Jackets (34-24), who beat Florida State on Wednesday.

Georgia Tech starter Dusty Isaacs (4-7) took the loss, allowing six runs — five earned — and six hits in five innings.

The Yellow Jackets face the sixth-seeded Hokies in Pool B on Friday, while the Cavaliers play the second-seeded Seminoles on Saturday.

Zagunis HR in 9th leads Hokies past Seminoles

Mark Zagunis homered with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Virginia Tech a 3-2 victory over Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament Thursday.

Zagunis' shot over the left field wall against reliever Gage Smith improved the sixth-seeded Hokies (37-19) to 2-0 in Pool B while dropping the second-seeded Seminoles (44-15) to 0-2 in Durham.

The Hokies took a 2-0 lead in the seventh on an RBI-triple by Zagunis, who scored on Andrew Rash's sacrifice fly.

Stephen McGee's leadoff double in the ninth sparked a comeback for the Seminoles. Casey Smit's ground-rule double scored McGee from third. Pinch-hitter Josh Delph singled to right and pinch-runner Brett Knief beat the throw home.

Reliever Clark Labitan (2-5) earned the win. Smith (4-1) took the loss, allowing three hits, including Zagunis' blast.

The Hokies play seventh-seeded Georgia Tech on Friday. Florida State plays third-seeded Virginia on Saturday.