The Duke baseball team closed out the regular season on a high-note, defeating No. 4 Florida State, 7-5, Saturday afternoon at Dick Howser Stadium. A monumental win for the Blue Devils, today’s victory was not only Duke’s first in Tallahassee since 1994 but gave the program its 16th ACC win, tying the school record also set in 1994. In addition, the Blue Devils clinched the No. 4 seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament.
The Duke baseball team nearly erased a six-run deficit in the ninth, but No. 4 Florida State held on for the 9-8 victory to clinch the series Friday evening at Dick Howser Stadium.
The fifth-ranked Duke women’s tennis team is scheduled to face No. 3 UCLA in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Team Championship Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
No. 4 Florida State scored three runs in the third and the Seminoles’ pitching staff held Duke scoreless for the second time this season as FSU won the series opener 3-0 Thursday night at Dick Howser Stadium.
The ACC sought a home for its baseball tournament and Durham is glad to provide it. On Thursday, at the league meetings Amelia Island, Fla., ACC commissioner John Swofford announced the league baseball tournament will be held at Durham Bulls Athletic Park for four consecutive years, beginning in May 2015.
DBAP will be ACC baseball tourament site through 2018
Duke led all ACC football and men’s basketball teams while North Carolina was last in the conference in the two major sports in the latest four-year Academic Progress Rate scores, which were released by the NCAA on Wednesday.
Duke scored five runs in the third inning and three more in the seventh en route to a 10-3 non-conference victory over visiting Richmond in its final home game of the season Tuesday night at Jack Coombs Field.
The fifth-ranked Duke women’s tennis team advanced to the round of 16 in this year’s NCAA Team Championship after defeating No. 30 South Carolina, 4-0, Saturday in the second round of the tournament in Durham.
For the 26th time in school history and the 19th out of the last 20 years, the Duke women’s golf team will participate in the NCAA Championship. The top-seeded and third-ranked Blue Devils tied for third with N.C. State Satruday at the NCAA East Regional at the 6,257-yard, par 72 SouthWood Golf Club.
Cockrell’s selection was the first of a busy day at the NFL Draft for Duke and North Carolina. After Cockrell went to Buffalo with the 109th pick, Cincinnati selected UNC offensive lineman Russell Bodine with the 111th pick. Tar Heels strong safety Tre Boston went to the Carolina Panthers later in the fourth round at the 128th overall slot. In the seventh round, Minnesota selected UNC cornerback Jabari Price with the 225th overall pick.
No. 8 HURRICANES MAKES LATE LANDFALL, SWAMP DUKE
Duke has spent this baseball season separating itself from the ACC’s bottom-feeding teams.
This weekend, the Blue Devils are getting an eyeful of the league’s elite and the results haven’t been pretty.
No. 8-ranked Miami, the ACC Coastal Division leader, broke open a tight game against Duke’s bullpen and routed the Blue Devils 9-1 Saturday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Coupled with Friday night’s 6-1 Miami win, the Hurricanes (37-14, 21-5 in ACC) are in position to sweep the three-game series in today’s noon finale.
Assured of playing in the ACC Tournament for the first time since 2009, the Blue Devils (30-20, 15-11) need solid play over the last two regular-season series and in the ACC Tournament to gain their first NCAA Tournament berth since 1961.
Miami has made that difficult so far.
The 11th-seeded Duke men’s tennis team took an early lead with solid play in doubles and outlasted Winthrop in singles to earn a 4-0 victory over the 73rd-ranked Eagles Saturday at Ambler Tennis Stadium. The Blue Devils (20-6) advance to the second round of the NCAA Championship, where they will face Tennessee Sunday, May 11 at 2 p.m.
Two-time all-ACC cornerback headed to Bills
Duke managed just two hits in eight innings against undefeated Chris Diaz and No. 8 Miami topped the Blue Devils 6-1 in an ACC baseball game at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.