College roundup: Duke claims ACC men's golf title
NEW LONDON — The Duke men's golf team posted a final-round 284 Sunday in rain soaked conditions at Old North State Club to overcome a four-shot deficit and capture the ACC Championship.
Junior Austin Cody recorded birdies on No. 13, No. 14 and No. 16 to lead the back-nine surge that gave Duke its first ACC title since 2005.
“The guys on our team loved the opportunity today,” Duke coach Jamie Green said. “In practice, this is what you tell your players they’re working for.
"It was a lot of fun on the back nine out there. There were some birdies made and some nip and tuck, but when you got to that final hour, it was just a survival test.”
With a steady rain throughout the day turning into downpour conditions over the final three holes of play, Duke battled back from a late round three-stroke deficit to claim the tournament crown with a school-record 25-under 839.
No. 14 Florida State, the leader after each of the first two rounds, tied for second with Virginia Tech at 22-under. Reigning champion Georgia Tech finished fourth at 13-under followed by Clemson (859), Virginia (862), North Carolina (869), Wake Forest (872), N.C. State (881), Maryland (883) and Boston College (896).
Duke and Florida State engaged in a back-and-forth battle for the league crown throughout the day with Virginia Tech climbing into the mix and Georgia Tech hanging around through the first 14 holes of the day.
Cody's back-nine play with six pars and three birdies keyed the Blue Devils despite heavy rains and wind late in the round.
Anders Albertson of Georgia Tech claimed individual medalist honors with a 15-under 201 to finish five shots better than Mikey Moyers (Virginia Tech) and Chase Seiffert (Florida State). Duke senior Adam Sumrall placed fifth with an eight-under 208, while classmates Brinson Paolini and Julian Suri were tied for seventh at five-under (211).
NCCU 15, FAMU 11 — N.C. Central recorded a season-high 18 hits to outslug Florida A&M 15-11, earning the series win over the Rattlers in MEAC action Sunday.
to end the MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) slate with a 12-12 mark on Sunday afternoon at Moore-Kittles Field.
The 18 hits tie for the most during second-year coach Jim Koerner’s tenure at NCCU (25-23, 12-12 MEAC).
The fireworks began in the second inning off the bat of FAMU’s Michael Birdsong who drilled a two-run homer to left field to take a 2-0 lead.
NCCU tied the score in the top of the fourth with back-to-back RBI singles by Tyson Simpson and James Dey.
Bennie Robinson’s RBI single in the top of the sixth gave FAMU the lead in the bottom of the sixth, and Sheplak’s solo home run in the seventh gave the Rattlers a 9-7 advantage.
NCCU's Luis Diaz began the eighth with a solo bomb to left field, which began a six-run inning that included doubles by Ronald Thompson and Dey. The maroon and gray took a 13-9 lead thanks in part to seven hits to change the momentum.
Junior Jacob Russell earned his fourth win of the season, while William Carrasco (1-6) allowed seven runs on seven hits in 2.1 innings to take the loss.
Dey led the Eagles, going 4-for-6 with a double, two RBI, and two runs scored. Simpson had yet another productive day at-the-plate going 3-for-4 with a home run, three runs scored and four RBI in the win for the maroon and gray.
MARYLAND 4, DUKE 1 — A couple of key mistakes proved to be the difference Sunday, as Duke was unable to capitalize on a solid effort from starter Robert Huber, dropping a 4-1 decision to Maryland in the series finale at Jack Coombs Field.
Huber (5-5) scattered six hits over eight innings, struck out six and did not walk a batter in the loss. He kept Maryland (25-21, 8-16 ACC) off the scoreboard until the sixth and allowed three runs, two earned, for the game. The Plano, Texas, native retired the first 10 batters he faced and cruised through the first five innings, giving up just one hit in that span. He retired the Terps in order in four of the first five frames and did not allow a hit until the fourth inning.
Duke (25-22, 9-15 ACC) missed a couple scoring opportunities early but led 1-0 after five. Maryland scored two runs in the sixth and added two more, one on a passed ball in the seventh and the other on a wild pitch in the ninth, to extend its lead to three runs heading to the final frame.
UNC-NCSU CANCELLED — The North Carolina-N.C. State baseball game that was scheduled to be played Sunday was cancelled because of rain.
The game will not be made up. Fans can exchange tickets for any game except for the May 11 game vs. Florida State, which already is sold out.