Tar Heels shut out Miami in ACC tourney opener
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.