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June 11, 2011
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Kent Emanuel held Stanford to one run through six innings and North Carolina held off a late rally to beat the Cardinal 7-5 on Saturday and clinch another trip to the College World Series.
Jacob Stallings drove in three runs for the Tar Heels (50-14), who swept the best-of-3 NCAA Super Regional to reach Omaha for the fifth time in six seasons.
The Tar Heels led 6-1 going into the bottom of the eighth inning before the Cardinal (35-22) rallied to within a run behind a three-RBI double from Austin Wilson. Then, with two outs in the top of the ninth, officials stopped the game for 3 1/2 hours due to lightning and heavy rain.
When the game resumed, Stallings added an RBI single to give North Carolina an extra cushion. Reliever Michael Morin then got Stephen Piscotty to groundout to end it more than seven hours after the first pitch.
The Tar Heels reached the College World Series for four straight seasons from 2006-09, but lost in the regionals at Oklahoma last season. They rolled through last weekend's regionals at Boshamer Stadium by a combined score of 27-3, then rode strong pitching performances from Emanuel (8-1) and Friday starter Patrick Johnson to return to Omaha.
It marked only the fifth time the Tar Heels had reached 50 victories while Emanuel became the first freshman in school history to win two postseason games.
Emanuel regrouped after a slow start and held Stanford to five hits and one run with five strikeouts in six innings. But North Carolina very nearly gave that away. While Emanuel retired 11 of 13 batters before giving up Wilson's single, Stanford managed to get seven of its next 10 batters on base to close the gap to 6-5 on Wilson's long double to left center. Zach Jones grounded into a double play to end the eighth.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - In the opening game of the Charlottesville Super Regional Saturday afternoon, No. 1 national seed Virginia blanked UC Irvine 6-0 in front of 5,050 fans at Davenport Field. Danny Hultzen and Cody Winiarski combined for the shutout, the Cavaliers' nation-leading 16th of the season.
Game two of the best-of-three series is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. at Davenport Field. The game will be televised by ESPNU.
Hultzen went 5.1 innings, allowing three hits, to pick up the win and improve to 12-3 this season. Winiarski pitched the final 3.2 innings, allowing just one hit, to record his first career save. Matt Summers took the loss for the Anteaters (42-17), allowing five runs on nine hits in six innings, to fall to 11-3 this season.
Jared King led Virginia offensively, going 3-for-4, including a 3-run homer. Chris Taylor and Steven Proscia each had two hits for the Cavaliers. Sean Madigan reached base three times to lead UC Irvine, drawing three walks.
The Cavaliers (53-9) took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the third. Keith Werman drew a leadoff walk and Taylor followed with a single. After both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt, Werman scored the game's first run on an infield single by John Hicks. Taylor scored on Hultzen's two-out single to right to make the score 2-0.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) - A momentum-changing four-run inning in the seventh by Texas A&M lifted it past Florida State for a 6-2 victory in the first game of the NCAA Super Regional on Saturday afternoon in front of 4,602 in Tallahassee at Dick Howser Stadium.
The Aggies (46-19) began their big frame when their first two batters reached base, setting up a sacrifice bunt by Kevin Gonzalez to put two runners in scoring position with one out. The game-breaking at-bat occurred when Brandon Wood lined a leading-changing two-run single through the left side, pushing Texas A&M ahead 3-2. Kenny Jackson added an insurance run with an RBI double to right center, and Tyler Naquin added an important run-scoring single with two outs to cap the scoring in the inning.
Texas A&M added a run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Jacob House.
Aside from one big inning by the opposition, junior left-hander Sean Gilmartin (12-2) had been effective through most of the contest. The Moorpark, Calif., native threw seven innings and allowed five runs on six hits with eight strikeouts. Gilmartin moved past former Seminole Jon McDonald (1998-00) for seventh place on the school's career strikeouts list with 321.