CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - No. 6 North Carolina rolled to an 11-1 win over visiting No. 21 Southern California Friday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium as the Tar Heels ran their winning streak to six games. Sophomore Kent Emanuel threw six shutout innings to improve to 3-0 on the year and has now won 10 straight decisions.
Emanuel threw six shutout innings to run his scoreless innings streak to 12 after blanking Wright State a week ago. The southpaw allowed six hits and walked a pair but struck out a season-high eight batters, one shy of his career high.
Cody Stubbs paced the offense against the Trojans as the slugging first baseman tallied a pair of doubles and his first home run as a Tar Heel to break the game open in the third. Stubbs finished the day 4-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI.
Chaz Frank and Colin Moran both contributed two hits and two RBI apiece, while Moran connected on his second home run of the season.
Junior reliever R.C. Orlan threw 1.2 innings of scoreless relief and has not allowed a run in 10.2 innings of work this season and owns a scoreless streak of 14.1 dating back to last year.
Carolina struck in the bottom of the second inning when Jacob Stallings started things off with a single up the middle. Stallings moved to third when Cody Stubbs drove a ball down the left field line for a double putting a pair of runners in scoring position.
Tom Zengel slapped a single through the right side to plate Stallings and give Carolina a 1-0 advantage before the Tar Heels started grinding out at bats against USC's starter Andrew Triggs.
Mike Zolk battled for an eight-pitch walk to load the bases and Parks Jordan followed by working a 3-2 count and walking as well to plate another run for Carolina. Chaz Frank then lifted a ball to deep center field, which allowed Zengel to tag up and score making it 3-0 after two innings.
USC tried to bounce back in the top of the third against Emanuel as the Trojans notched a lead off single but Emanuel retired the next two batters via strikeout. The Trojans would not go away as a single and a walk would load the bases before Emanuel forced Kevin Swick to hit a slow comebacker which he turned into the final out of the inning.
Stubbs broke out the big stick in the bottom of the third when he blasted his first home run as a Tar Heel. Colin Moran opened the inning with a single up the middle and stole second but was cut down at third on a fielder's choice off the bat of Jacob Stallings. Stubbs then stepped in and unleashed a blast to right center that cleared the wall with ease for a two-run home run, upping UNC's lead to 5-0.
Emanuel continued to work his way out of trouble over the next three frames, while Triggs settled down and kept the Tar Heel bats at bay. Emanuel departed after six shutout innings as he ran his scoreless streak to 12 innings.
USC broke through in the top of the seventh when it picked up a pair of singles against reliever Andrew Smith. R.C. Orlan came out of the pen with one out in the inning and was unable to snare a comebacker that made its way up the middle to make it 5-1 Tar Heels.
Orlan buckled down and forced a fly out and a pop out to strand the bases loaded in a big spot for the Tar Heels.
Carolina's bats carried the momentum into the bottom of the inning when Tommy Coyle hit a line drive off the third baseman and Colin Moran followed with his second home run of the year. USC's Corey Carma hung a 2-2 pitch to Moran who turned and sent a ball deep into right field for a two-run home run making it 7-1.
The Tar Heels tacked on four insurance runs in the eighth as Chaz Frank, Cody Stubbs and Brian Holberton all notched RBI hits and Matt Roberts contributed a bases loaded walk.
Freshman Chris McCue closed out the contest with a scoreless ninth in his collegiate debut to provide the 11-1 win for the Tar Heels.
Junior Chris Munnelly will take the mound for the Tar Heels on Saturday as UNC goes for its 22nd consecutive non-conference series win, while the Trojans will counter with right-hander Ben Mount.