Duke tops Florida to win Pollard’s debut
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Mike Rosenfeld drove in the go-ahead run with an eighth-inning triple and scored an insurance run on an error as Duke beat No. 17 Florida 4-3 Friday night to give first-year baseball coach Chris Pollard a win in his Blue Devils debut.
The Blue Devils (1-0) took a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning on third baseman Jordan Betts’ two-run home run.
A College World Series participant this past season, the Gators tied the game with a sixth-inning run off Duke starter Trent Swart. After Swart had allowed just two hits and a run over the first five innings, Harrison Bader and Casey Turgeon singled to put runners on first and third in the sixth inning. Vickash Ramjit made the score 2-2 with a sacrifice fly to center field.
Robert Huber took over for Swart in the seventh inning and held Florida scoreless in the seventh inning.
In the Duke eighth, Jeff Kremer reached on a lead-off walk and scored when Rosenfeld tripled to centerfield off Florida relief pitcher Corey Stump. Rosenfeld scored for a 4-2 lead when Betts hit a groundball that Florida’s Turegon, at second base, committed an error.
The Gators scored an unearned run off Huber in the eighth inning, but Duke’s Andrew Istler took over and retired Ramjit to protect Duke’s 4-3 lead.
Istler retired the Gators in order in the ninth to pick up the save.
Emanuel notches complete-game shutout for UNC
CHAPEL HILL — Junior lefthander Kent Emanuel threw a complete-game four-hitter to give top-ranked North Carolina a 1-0 win over Seton Hall in the Tar Heels’ season opener at Boshamer Stadium.
Emanuel became the first UNC pitcher since 1967 to throw a season-opening shutout.
The Tar Heels were able to scratch out a run against Seton Hall right-hander Jon Prosinski in the sixth inning, the only blemish on the senior’s final line.
UNC had been held in check the first time through the lineup before freshman Skye Bolt opened the bottom of the sixth with a leadoff single through the right side.
Junior Brian Holberton battled Prosinski before drawing a walk, making Bolt the first player on either team to reach second base. Junior catcher Matt Roberts moved the pair into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt.
Chaz Frank fell behind 1-2 in the count before hitting a shallow fly to center field, and Bolt tagged up from third and slid in just under the throw from Zack Granite.
The Pirates threatened against Emanuel in the final two innings, as Scott Kalamar opened the eighth with a single through the middle and moved into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt by Kyle Grimm. Emanuel was able to corral a comebacker for the second out before getting Dillon Hamlin swinging to end the frame.
Another leadoff single opened ninth, and a dropped throw on a sacrifice bunt attempt put two on with nobody out. A sacrifice bunt moved the go-ahead run into scoring position, but Emanuel was able to strike out Giuseppe Papaccio looking, then fielded a high chopper by Sal Annunziata to seal the game.
Bolt finished his collegiate debut with a pair of singles, while Parks Jordan and Michael Russell each added a single.
UNC and Seton Hall are scheduled to play today at 2 p.m. at Boshamer.
Pack drops opener to ASU
RALEIGH — No. 8 N.C. State fell 6-3 to Appalachian State on Friday in front of an opening day record 2,396 fans at Doak Field at Dail Park.
Wolfpack sophomore Carlos Rodon (0-1) suffered the first loss of his collegiate career after allowing five earned runs over six innings while striking out eight.
It is the first time that Rodon exited a game with the Wolfpack trailing and his first loss since May 21, 2010, as a high school junior.