April 5, 2013
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina starting pitcher Kent Emanuel held Maryland to two runs on three hits over eight innings as the Terps fell to the top-ranked Tar Heels, 12-4, Friday night at Boshamer Stadium.
Emanuel, a preseason All-American selection, held the Terps (16-13, 4-9 ACC) hitless over the first five innings and finished the night with six strikeouts.
Jack Cleary notched a single and a double, and recorded two RBI in the loss. Jose Cuas hit his first career home run and added another RBI in the eighth inning.
Emanuel and Maryland starter Jimmy Reed cruised through the first two innings as both pitchers only allowed one base runner each. But Reed worked himself into trouble in the Tar Heel third as he issued walks to three of the first five batters to load the bases.
With the bases full of Tar Heels, Reed walked Skye Bolt on five pitches and gave up a two-RBI single to left field to Cody Stubbs to give UNC a 3-0 lead.
In the fourth, the Tar Heels added to their advantage. Brian Holberton singled up the middle to score a run from second to extend the lead to 4-0. Following a bases loaded ground out which scored a run, Bolt doubled down the right-field line to plate two runs and ended Reed's evening. Jaime Pashuck came on to close out the fourth with North Carolina up 7-0.
After Emanuel retired 16 straight Terrapin batters, the Terps got one on the board against the lefty in the top of the sixth. Jose Cuas took a 2-1 pitch and blasted it over the left-field wall for his first career home run.
Cuas' home run was the Terps only hit of the game until the eighth when a Jack Cleary double was followed by a Greg Olenski single. Cuas picked up his second RBI of the game on the next at bat. The freshman hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Cleary.
North Carolina scored five runs in the seventh and led 12-2 after eight.
Maryland tacked on two more runs in the top of the ninth. With two outs, LaMonte Wade to third. After Blake Schmit walked, Cleary recorded two RBI with a single up the middle to close out the scoring.
Reed's record dropped to 4-3, while Emanuel improved to 6-1. The Terps and Tar Heels continue their series Saturday at 6 p.m.