Wednesday's college roundup
UNC 7, LIBERTY 5 — No. 1 North Carolina captured its sixth straight win Wednesday night with a 7-5 win over visiting Liberty (18-16).
Junior Colin Moran paced the offense with his team-leading eight home run of the year, an opposite-field grand slam in the fifth inning that pushed the Tar Heels (31-2) in front 5-1.
Making his first collegiate start, freshman Reilly Hovis surrendered just one run on three hits in 4.2 innings of work. Hovis struck out four and did not walk a batter but left in the fifth inning with the score knotted at 1-1.
Reliever Trevor Kelley (1-0) came out of the bullpen with a pair of runners on in the fifth inning and forced a ground out to get out of trouble before limiting the Flames to two base runners over the next three scoreless frames. Kelley would earn his first career win throwing 3.1 innings of scoreless relief.
NCCU spring football game Friday
DURHAM — The N.C. Central football program will host its Maroon vs. Gray spring game on Friday at 6 p.m. at O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium.
The Eagles will be divided into two teams to provide fans with more of a game-like experience instead of the usual offense-vs.-defense format.
The Eagles will begin warmups and go through position drills at 6 p.m., with game kickoff scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
NCCU is coming off of its first winning season since 2007, as the Eagles posted an overall record of 6-5, 5-3 MEAC.
Cody Zeller heading to NBA
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana’s Cody Zeller turned down one chance to play in the NBA. He couldn’t say no twice.
The 7-0 sophomore center who returned to school last fall for one more shot at a national championship announced Wednesday he is leaving college early to enter the NBA draft. The reason was simple.
“The leaders that I came in looking up to and copying their work ethic were Vic, Christian (Watford), Jordan (Hulls), Derek (Elston), a lot of those older guys that are leaving now,” Zeller said explaining the difference between last year’s decision and this year’s. “IU will have a great year next year, but the guys I was closest to are graduating.”
The decision was first announced on the website of his family’s business shortly before the news conference at Assembly Hall. Zeller said he was eager to start working with the Christian basketball camps being run by his parents and two older brothers, something the youngest Zeller said NCAA rules barred him from participating even though the organization is considered a nonprofit.