Tuesday's college roundup
UNC 15, ELON 3 — Late runs against a young Elon bullpen gave top-ranked North Carolina a 15-3 win in front of 1,422 fans at Latham Park on Tuesday night.
The win went to Chris Munnelly (3-0), who gave up three runs after allowing just two runs in his previous 22.1 innings this season. Elon recorded five hits off the starter.
The Tar Heels (30-2) got on the board thanks to a RBI ground out in the top of the first.
That was the only run until the bottom of the fourth when Ryan Kinsella began an Elon (20-14) rally with a single to right. Antonio Alvarez followed with a double into the right field corner to plate Kinsella and knot the game at one before scoring the go-ahead run on a one-out double down the right field line from Chris King.
DUKE 17, UNCG 2 — Duke exploded for a season-high 18 hits and routed visiting UNC Greensboro at Jack Coombs Field.
The 17 runs marked a season high, as the Blue Devils (20-14, 8-7 ACC) have won eight of their past nine games.
Redshirt sophomore Chris Marconcini totaled a career-high five RBIs with a triple and a home run in the contest, while three Blue Devils — Jordan Betts, Kenny Koplove and Ryan Munger — had three hits apiece.
Duke freshman Michael Matuella (3-2) settled down after the first inning and did not allow a run the rest of the way en route to his third win of the season. The rookie right-hander allowed the two first-inning runs and scattered five hits while striking out two on the night.
Duke returns to action today, hosting N.C. Central at 6 p.m. at Jack Coombs Field.
NCCU 5, HAMPTON 1 — N.C. Central claimed a 5-1 win over Hampton on the day the Eagles honored senior Jose Fabara in his final match.
In doubles, Fabrice George and Stephan Charles-Donatien captured the first point for the Eagles with an 8-1 victory over Hampton’s Lakshmana Satchithananthan and Kenneth Greene in the No. 2 spot. The No. 1 singles combination of Fabara and Daniil Gerasimov earned the second win for NCCU, leading 4-2 when their match was stopped because an injury to a Hampton player.
With a 1-0 lead over the Pirates heading into singles play No. 1 Gerasimov and No. 4 Charles-Donatien cleared the courts first with 6-2, 6-2 and 6-3, 6-1 victories respectively. Fabara captured a fourth NCCU point in the No. 3 spot defeating Satchithananthan 6-4, 6-2, while Tamina Kienka received a victory over Greene in a 5-1 retired match.
Players declare for NBA draft
Ben McLemore is one and done at Kansas. Ricky Ledo is none and done with Providence.
McLemore, Kansas’ talented freshman guard, was among several underclassmen who wasted little time in declaring for the NBA draft on Tuesday, the day after the college season ended.
Ledo, Providence, R.I., native, practiced with the Friars this season but never played because he failed to qualify academically. Practice was enough, apparently, to make him a possible first-round pick.
Indiana All-American Victor Oladipo announced he was giving up his senior season to enter the draft. New Mexico’s Tony Snell also announced he was going pro.
The father of Louisville guard Russ Smith, who helped the Cardinals win a national title by beating Michigan on Monday night, says his son will also enter the draft.
In Lawrence, Kan., Jayhawks coach Bill Self said he’s known for a while it was time for the 6-6 McElmore to go.