June 20, 2011
Emanuel, Tar Heels Tame Texas
By Jimmy Jones
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
(photos by Jimmy Jones)
North Carolina’s Kent Emanuel (right) turned in a brilliant
complete-game, four-hit shutout over Texas and the Tar Heels
lived to fight another day with a 3-0 win Monday afternoon at
the College World Series.
performance, I don’t think you see too many of those out here,”
UNC coach Mike Fox said. “I am not too surprised to see Kent go
out there and pitch the way he did. It was typical of the way
that we have won games this year.
“We had good pitching,
solid defense and just enough hitting to get the win.”
While Emanuel (9-1) stymied the Longhorns, catcher Jacob
Stallings and Ben Bunting supplied the offense, combining to
drive in all three of their squad’s runs.
Stallings, the son of Vanderbilt basketball coach Kevin
Stallings, drove in two runs in the top of the third off Cole
Green (8-4) to give North Carolina (51-15) the lead before
Emanuel and Texas relievers Hoby Milner and Kendal Carrillo
traded zeroes over the next five innings.
(4 for 5) (left) delivered an RBI triple just over the diving
attempt of right fielder Mark Payton to score pinch-runner Jeff
Bouton in the ninth for a three-run advantage that kept momentum
firmly in the UNC dugout with three outs to play.
“That was a huge swing of the bat,” Fox said. “They were playing
in a little bit with two strikes and Ben was able to get it over
the outfielder to score a huge insurance run. Our dugout relaxed
a little bit after that hit.”
It was Bunting’s fourth hit of the game out of the 2-hole in the
lineup – Fox bumped the hottest Tar Heels hitter up in the
lineup and dropped Levi Michael. Bunting now has 11 hits in his
past 18 at-bats.
“Right now, I am just very fortunate to be seeing the ball very
well and I am just trying to hit the first strike I see hard
somewhere,” Bunting said. “So far, I am just fortunate enough to
be finding some holes.”
which had nine players taken in the MLB draft and has 77
Conference Championships in its trophy case, became the first
team eliminated from the tournament after a 41-19 season.
“First of all, you never want to be the first team up to the
podium in the first two days of the series,” Texas coach Augie
Garrido said. “I thought that it was a heck of well-pitched game
by both teams, but we were just unable to get a key hit here and
“You just have to give a hat off to North Carolina. They made a
few more plays than we did today.”