June 21, 2011 in Sports

North Carolina sends Texas packing

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Texas second baseman Jordan Etier leaps but fails to snag a single by North Carolina’s Colin Moran.
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OMAHA, Neb. – 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.

Texas (49-19) went two games and out for 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.

The Longhorns’ offense struggled in their two CWS games, going three-up, three-down in 11 of 18 innings against Florida and North Carolina.

Game suspended

Heavy rain following high winds has forced the suspension of the Florida Gators-Vanderbilt Commodores game at the CWS until today at 8:06 a.m.

Florida leads Vanderbilt 3-1 with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

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