Wednesday's college roundup
Plumlee named to All-America team
DURHAM — Duke senior Mason Plumlee was named to the CBSSports.com All-America second team for his second All-America award this season.
Plumlee, who was named to the USBWA second team and the USBWA District III Player of the Year, averages 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.
A 6-10 forward from Warsaw, Ind., Plumlee led Duke to a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament with a 27-5 overall record and a second-place ACC finish in the regular season. He is one of two Blue Devils to earn All-America honors this season, joining classmate Seth Curry who was named to the Sporting News second team.
DUKE 3, CHARLOTTE 0 — Duke right-handers James Marvel, Michael Matuella and Andrew Istler combined for the five-hit shutout as the Duke baseball team defeated Charlotte 3-0 in non-conference action Wednesday evening at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Marvel (2-2) earned his second win in as many games as Duke’s rookie starter threw seven scoreless innings tonight against the 49ers. Marvel faced the minimum in four innings, scattering five hits overall, before giving way to fellow freshman Matuella in the eighth. Neither Matuella nor sophomore Andrew Istler allowed a hit as each tossed a scoreless inning in relief.
Sophomore Andy Perez belted his second leadoff home run of the season to put Duke (11-10, 2-4 ACC) on top 1-0 early. The shot was the second of Perez’s career as the Roswell, Ga., native has registered both home runs in the past three games.
NCCU 2, COPPIN ST. 1 — Luis Diaz ripped an RBI triple to tie the game in the seventh, then scored the go-ahead run to give N.C. Central a 2-1 win over Coppin State on Wednesday in MEAC baseball action at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
With Zack Lee on first and NCCU (13-9, 5-4 MEAC) trailing, Diaz’s shot down the line in right field went for his second triple of the season. Junior Carter Williamson came on to pinch hit and lofted a sacrifice fly to dirve in Diaz with the eventual winning run.
With the lead in-tow, junior right hander Jacob Russell came on in-relief in the eighth inning and retired CSU (5-14, 2-1 MEAC) in order, setting up senior closer Gavin Guarrera to take the hill in the ninth. Guarrera struck out three of the four CSU batters in faced in earning his fourth save of the year, with Russell (1-1) earned his first win.
NCCU earned its fourth straight win despite leaving 13 runners stranded, beginning in the bottom of the first the Eagles loaded the bases with one out before junior Tyson Simpson grounded into an inning-ending double play.
ELON 6, NCCU 3 — Tomeka Watson went 2-for-3 and hit her 11th home run of the season to help the Elon softball team defeat N.C. Central 6-3 on Wednesday.
Kayla Caruso (5-4) earned the win after pitching 4.0 shutout innings in relief for Elon (11-11) and scattered three hits with three strikeouts. Starter Eve Clausen went 3.0 innings with and allowed three runs, none earned, on two hits and a strikeout.
N.C. Central’s London Booker (1-15) took the loss for the Lady Eagles (2-21) after pitching all six innings and allowing eight hits and four runs, three earned.
UNC 11, CORNELL 10 — North Carolina scored the final four goals and fought back for an 11-10 win over Cornell in women’s lacrosse action Wednesday evening at Fetzer Field.
Senior captains Kara Cannizzaro and Emily Garrity led the way for No. 3 UNC (8-1), with Cannizzaro scoring a team-high four goals and Garrity scoring twice late in the game and assisting on the game-winner.
With UNC trailing 10-7 with 15:19 to play, Garritty scored two in a row, the first unassisted and the second assisted by Cannizzaro, to pull UNC within one. Cannizzaro then worked her way in from behind the goal to score unassisted and tie the score with 5:16 remaining.
UNC took the lead for good with 3:15 on the clock on a goal by junior Brittney Coppa, assisted by Garrity.
Reports: NCAA investigating Syracuse
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse has been under investigation for possible NCAA violations, mostly in its basketball program, for at least a year, according to two media reports.
CBS Sports.com, citing an unidentified source, reported Wednesday that the school has received a letter of preliminary inquiry from the NCAA.
The Post-Standard reported NCAA investigators have been conducting interviews with Syracuse employees and former employees. The newspaper said the investigation includes the handling of former player Fab Melo’s academic eligibility.
In 2012, the star center was declared ineligible for the NCAA tournament days before it started.
“Same story they had last year at this time,” coach Jim Boeheim said in San Jose, Calif., before the Orange played Montana in their opening game of the NCAA tournament. “I guess that’s annual. I guess next year we’ll get it again.”