Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Heels Knock Off Horns To Stay Alive In CWS

Kent Emanuel and Jacob Stallings
NORTH CAROLINA 3, Texas 0 – North Carolina freshman left-hander Kent Emanuel pitched the first complete-game shutout at the College World Series in five years in a 3-0 victory that eliminated Texas on Monday.

Emanuel limited the Longhorns to four singles in his third win of the NCAA tournament and first career shutout.

Jacob Stallings hit a two-run single in the third inning and Ben Bunting finished a four-hit day with an RBI double in the ninth for the Tar Heels (51-15), who play Vanderbilt or Florida on Wednesday. (scheduled for 7pm ET)

Texas (49-19) went two games and out for only the second time in 25 CWS appearances since 1966 and for the fourth time in its record 34 trips to Omaha. The last time was in 2000.

Emanuel (9-1) walked one and struck out five. North Carolina's Robert Woodard pitched the last shutout here, blanking Clemson in 2006. The last freshman to do it was LSU's Brett Laxton in 1993 against Wichita State.

(Editor's note: Emanuel was born on June 4, 1992 meaning the last time this happened was 8 days after his first birthday.)

North Carolina fans began chanting "Heels, Heels, Heels" after Bunting's double in the top of the ninth, and they applauded as Emanuel emerged from his dugout to start the bottom half.

He needed only nine pitches to finish off the Longhorns, getting Tant Shepherd to pop out to first, Mark Payton to ground out and Brandon Loy to fly out to right.

North Carolina, which left 16 runners on base in its first-round loss to Vanderbilt, got just enough offensive production to advance. The Tar Heels had nine hits against five pitchers.

Jacob Stallings, right, and pitcher Kent Emanuel 

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