CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - No. 10 North Carolina scored in each of the first five innings, including an eight-run second, to down visiting Boston College, 15-1, Friday night at Boshamer Stadium. Chaz Frank and Cody Stubbs each set career highs with five RBI apiece in the UNC (32-13, 14-8 ACC) win over the Eagles (20-27, 9-16 ACC).
After scoring just 13 runs in starting pitcher Kent Emanuel's previous eight starts, the Tar Heel bats came out swinging against Boston College as they were able to equal that mark after just four innings.
Chaz Frank started things off in the first with a lead off single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt before Colin Moran hit a ball to first base that was misplayed allowing Frank to score from second and give UNC a 1-0 lead.
Carolina erupted for eight runs in the second inning as the Tar Heels loaded the bases with nobody out. Frank pulled a triple inside the first base bag and into the right field corner to clear the bases.
Frank's three-run triple made it a 4-0 lead before Michael Russell, Colin Moran and Jacob Stallings all singled with Russell and Stallings each picking up a RBI.
Cody Stubbs then delivered the big blow with a three-run home run to right center for his team-leading fifth long ball of the year. Stubbs was the eighth straight Tar Heel to reach safely in the inning before Boston College starter Hunter Gordon retired the next three batters to keep the score at 9-0.
The eight-run second inning was the third eight-run inning of the year for the Tar Heels who also put up an eight spot against Wright State (Feb. 24) and Georgia Tech (April 21).
The nine runs were more than enough for Emanuel who cruised through six innings allowing five hits and striking out seven. The seven punch outs mark the fourth straight start that Emanuel has struck out at least seven.
The Tar Heels added a pair of runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings for good measure to provide Emanuel with a 15-0 advantage.
The third saw Colin Moran split the right center field gap with a RBI double before Jacob Stallings plated Michael Russell with a RBI groundout later in the inning.
Chaz Frank set a new career high with five RBI in the fourth when Tommy Coyle and Brian Holberton reached to open the frame. Frank stepped in and lifted the first pitch he saw into right field plating Coyle and Holberton to make it a 13-0 contest.
Moran and Stallings set the table in the fifth when Moran was hit by a pitch and Stallings pulled a double down the left field line. Stubbs quickly made it a 15-0 advantage when he hit a high chopper over the first baseman's head to score Moran and Stallings.
Freshman Chris O'Brien took over on the mound in the seventh for the Tar Heels and picked up where Emnauel left off by retiring the Eagles in order with a pair of fly outs and a strike out.
The Eagles were able to snap Carolina's scoreless streak in the eighth inning when they picked up three singles through the infield against reliever Luis Paula to plate a run.
The run was the first allowed by the Tar Heels since April 24 against UNC Greensboro, a streak that stretched 26.2 innings and was the third-longest in school history.
The Tar Heels were 1.1 innings away from becoming just the third team in school history to record three consecutive shutouts. The only teams to accomplish three straight shutouts were the 2005 and 1922 teams.
Junior Cody Penny came on and threw a scoreless ninth to close out the ball game and improve Carolina to 14-8 in ACC play.
The Tar Heels and Eagles will return to action Saturday when game two of the three-game series begins at 2 p.m.