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#6 Tar Heels Outlast #19 Clemson 4-3 in Series-Opener


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Michael Morin struck out Phil PohlPhil Pohl
Sr. Catcher
#9 5-11, 215
Cooperstown, NY

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with two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth inning to preserve #6 North Carolina's 4-3 victory over #19 Clemson in front of 4,441 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Friday. The Tar Heels, who took a 1-0 lead in the series, improved to 11-2 overall and 1-0 in the ACC. The Tigers fell to 6-5 overall and 0-1 in ACC play. It was the Tigers' fourth one-run loss of the season, and they have lost their five games by a combined seven runs.


The Tar Heels used four consecutive hits to score three runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a 4-1 lead, then Clemson clawed back with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. But the Tigers stranded a combined seven runners on base in the last three innings without scoring, including the bases loaded in the ninth inning, and were unable to send the Tigers off in winning fashion in Jack LeggettJack Leggett
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's 1,200th game as head coach at Clemson.


North Carolina starter Kent Emanuel (4-0) earned the win by tossing 7.0 strong innings. He allowed six hits, three runs (one earned), and no walks with seven strikeouts in throwing 120 pitches (83 strikes). Morin allowed one hit, no runs, and one walk with two strikeouts in 1.1 innings pitched to record his fifth save of the year. The three Tar Heel pitches combined to strand 10 Tigers on base and allowed just three of Clemson's 14 baserunners to score.


Tiger starter Kevin BradyKevin Brady
RS Jr. RH Pitcher
#19 6-3, 220
Gaithersburg, MS

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(0-1) suffered the loss, as he gave up six hits, four runs, and no walks with six strikeouts in 5.1 innings pitched. Matt CampbellMatt Campbell
So. RH Pitcher
#36 5-11, 185
Alpharetta, GA

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and Scott FirthScott Firth
Jr. RH Pitcher
#20 6-0, 165
Buffalo Grove, IL

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combined to pitch the last 3.2 innings without allowing a run.


The Tar Heels grabbed the game's first lead in the first inning. Chaz Frank led off with a single to right field, moved to second on a wild pitch, and advanced to third on Tommy Coyle's single to center on a 1-2 pitch. Colin Moran then lofted a sacrifice fly to right field to score Frank.


After Emanuel retired the first nine batters of the game, Thomas BrittleThomas Brittle
RS Jr. Outfielder
#4 5-8, 170
Cross, SC

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laced a leadoff single through the right side in the fourth inning. Two batters later, Richie ShafferRichie Shaffer
Jr.
#8 6-3, 205
Charlotte, NC

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hit a one-out single to left-center, then Pohl was hit-by-pitch to load the bases. But Emanuel retired the next two Tigers to keep the Tar Heels ahead 1-0.


Jason StolzJason Stolz
Sr. Infielder
#2 6-2, 205
Marietta, GA

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led off the fifth inning with a double over the first-base bag and scored on Garrett BoulwareGarrett Boulware
Fr. Catcher
#30 6-1, 200
Anderson, SC

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's single through the left side to tie the score.


Brady retired 15 batters in a row before Parks Jordan was hit by a 1-2 pitch with one out in the top of the sixth inning. Frank followed with a single through the right side, then Coyle ripped a double to right field to score Jordan and give the Tar Heels the lead for good. Moran lined a single to center to plate Frank, then Jacob Stallings singled through the left side to score Coyle.


In the bottom of the sixth inning, leadoff batter Steve WilkersonSteve Wilkerson
So.
#17 6-1, 185
Roswell, GA

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reached on a fielding error by second-baseman Mike Zolk, then Shaffer flared a triple down the right-field line to score Wilkerson. Two batters later, Spencer KieboomSpencer Kieboom
Jr. Catcher
#22 6-0, 220
Marietta, GA

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grounded out to first base to score Shaffer to cut North Carolina's lead to 4-3.



Pinch-hitter Dominic AttanasioDominic Attanasio
So. Outfielder
#1 5-7, 160
Windermere, FL

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led off the ninth inning with a single to left field. Pinch-runner Tyler SlatonTyler Slaton
Fr. Outfielder
#18 5-7, 195
Cumming, GA

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moved to second on Jon McGibbonJon McGibbon
So.
#12 6-1, 210
Lindenhurst, NY

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's sacrifice bunt, then Brittle flied out to left-center for out #2. Wilkerson fouled off five two-strike pitches before being hit with a 1-2 pitch, then Shaffer walked on four pitches to load the bases. But Pohl struck out on a 1-2 pitch to end the game, as Clemson lost its fourth straight Friday game, all by one run.


Frank led the Tar Heels by going 2-for-3 with two runs and a walk, while Coyle was 2-for-3 with a double, RBI, run, and steal. Moran added a game-high two RBIs for the Tar Heels, who left just four runners on base. Mike Fox registered his 600th win as head coach at North Carolina as well.


Shaffer went 3-for-4 with a triple, RBI, run, and walk to lead the Tigers, who outhit North Carolina 8-7.


Clemson and North Carolina will play game-two of the three-game series on Saturday at 2:00 PM.












North Carolina 4 (11-2,1-0 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Chaz Frank cf............  3  2  2  0   1  0  2  0   0
Tommy Coyle ss...........  3  1  2  1   0  1  0  0   0
Colin Moran 3b...........  2  0  1  2   1  0  1  1   0
Jacob Stallings c........  4  0  1  1   0  1 10  0   0
Cody Stubbs 1b...........  4  0  0  0   0  1  6  1   3
Tom Zengel dh............  4  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
Mike Zolk 2b.............  4  0  1  0   0  2  3  3   0
Michael Russell rf.......  4  0  0  0   0  3  1  0   0
Parks Jordan lf..........  2  1  0  0   0  2  2  0   1
Kent Emanuel p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  2  1   0
 R.C. Orlan p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Michael Morin p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
Totals................... 30  4  7  4   2 11 27  7   4

Clemson 3 (6-5,0-1 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Thomas Brittle cf........  4  0  1  0   0  0  2  0   0
Steve Wilkerson 2b.......  4  1  0  0   0  0  1  3   2
Richie Shaffer 3b........  4  1  3  1   1  1  1  1   0
Phil Pohl dh.............  4  0  0  0   0  2  0  0   3
Spencer Kieboom c........  4  0  0  1   0  2  9  3   0
Joe CostiganJoe Costigan
So. Outfielder
#5 5-11, 200
Naples, FL
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 Jay BaumJay Baum
Fr. Infielder
#13 5-11, 180
Alpharetta, GA
View Full Profile ph/rf..........  0  0  0  0   1  0  0  0   0
Jason Stolz ss...........  4  1  1  0   0  1  1  4   2
Garrett Boulware lf......  3  0  1  1   0  0  0  0   0
 Dominic Attanasio ph....  1  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Tyler Slaton pr.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Jon McGibbon 1b..........  3  0  1  0   0  1 12  0   0
Kevin Brady p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Matt Campbell p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Scott Firth p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 34  3  8  3   2  9 27 13  10

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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North Carolina...... 100 003 000 -  4  7  1
Clemson............. 000 012 000 -  3  8  0
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E - ZOLK(4). DP - Clemson 1. LOB - N. Carolina 4; Clemson 10. 2B - COYLE(2);
STOLZ(1). 3B - ZOLK(1); SHAFFER(1). HBP - JORDAN; BRITTLE; WILKERSON; POHL.
SH - COYLE(1); McGIBBON(2). SF - MORAN(3). SB - COYLE(5).

North Carolina         IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Kent Emanuel........  7.0  6  3  1  0  7 27 29
R.C. Orlan..........  0.2  1  0  0  1  0  3  4
Michael Morin.......  1.1  1  0  0  1  2  4  7

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Kevin Brady.........  5.1  6  4  4  0  6 20 22
Matt Campbell.......  2.0  1  0  0  2  2  5  8
Scott Firth.........  1.2  0  0  0  0  3  5  5

Win - EMANUEL (4-0).  Loss - BRADY (0-1).  Save - MORIN (5).
WP - BRADY(1); FIRTH(1). HBP - by EMANUEL (POHL); by BRADY (JORDAN); by EMANUEL
(BRITTLE); by MORIN (WILKERSON).
Umpires - HP: Tony Walsh  1B: A.J. Lostaglio  3B: Scott Cline
Start: 4:05 PM   Time: 2:54   Attendance: 4441

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