Tar Heels complete sweep of Hokies
BLACKSBURG, Va. — Top-ranked North Carolina broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning and added two more in the seventh en route to a 3-0 win at Virginia Tech on Sunday to finish off a series sweep.
After UNC (34-2, 15-2 ACC) and Virginia Tech (22-15, 7-11) combined to score 46 runs in the first two games of their series in Blacksburg, Va., the starting pitchers locked into a pitcher's duel Sunday afternoon.
UNC's Hobbs Johnson (1-0) and Virginia Tech's Devin Burke (5-3) traded scoreless frames with each working around six free passes.
The Tar Heels finally broke through against Burke in the sixth inning to plate the game's first run.
Brian Holberton opened the frame with a single to right field and advanced to second on a deep fly ball off the bat of Cody Stubbs. Holberton moved to third on a grounder by Michael Russell, then Mike Zolk drew a walk.
Parks Jordan swung at the first pitch, rolling a single through the right side of the infield to drive in Holberton.
The Hokies put a pair of runners on base in the bottom of the sixth inning, but Johnson buckled down and threw a 3-2 fastball by Kyle Wernicki to end the threat.
In the seventh, Colin Moran and Holberton had RBI singles to spread the lead to 3-0.
The win gives UNC its sixth ACC series win of the year and its fourth by a sweep.
BETHUNE-COOKMAN 9, NCCU 2 — MEAC power Bethune-Cookman scored eight runs in a three inning span to pull away from N.C. Central to win the rubber match between the two 9-2 on Sunday afternoon at the Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach, Fla.
After NCCU left a runner stranded in the top of the first inning at second base, Bethune-Cookman’s Josh Johnson led off with a double advancing to third base on a single by center fielder Brandon Turner. The Wildcats first run of the game came on a balk by senior lefty Michael Romano (Spotsylvania, Va.).
Trailing 1-0 after one complete, the Eagles struggled at-the-plate as Sunday starter Montana Durapau struck out six batters through the first three innings.
UNC 5, FSU 2 — No. 1 North Carolina won five of six singles matches and moved into sole possession of first place in the ACC with a 5-2 victory over No. 30 Florida State on Sunday in Tallahassee, Fla.
The Tar Heels (21-2, 7-1 ACC) rallied after dropping the doubles point for just the fifth time this season. Florida State (12-7, 4-5) ran out to a 1-0 lead thanks to doubles wins on the top two courts.
Lauren McHale got the Tar Heels on the board with her 6-4, 6-0 win over Kerrie Cartwright on court five. Her seventh-ranked classmate Suarez-Malaguti then gave UNC its first lead of the day with a straight-set win over Francesca Segarelli 6-0, 7-5. The victory was the seventh in a row for the reigning ACC Player of the Week and her second of the weekend in her home state.
MIAMI 4, DUKE 0 — The ninth-ranked Duke women’s tennis team concluded its Florida trip Sunday, falling to No. 10 Miami 4-0.
Since being limited to five players on April 5, the Blue Devils (14-6, 5-3 ACC) have a 1-3 record.
Duke dropped the doubles point for the second consecutive match after senior Mary Clayton and junior Hanna Mar were unable to slow Clementina Riobueno and Monique Albuquerque on court one. Clayton and Mar broke serve to jump out to an early 3-1 lead but could not maintain their momentum, eventually falling 8-5.
With the Hurricanes taking the match on court one and Duke forfeiting the match on court three, Miami secured the doubles point. In the second position, the tandem of sophomore Annie Mulholland and junior Marianne Jodoin were down 4-7 to Stephanie Wagner and Melissa Bolivar when the point was clinched.
DUKE 7, MIAMI 0 — Senior Henrique Cunha continued his dominant senior season with a win in singles and doubles, as ninth-ranked Duke swept No. 53 Miami 7-0 Sunday afternoon at Ambler Tennis Stadium.
The Blue Devils (19-4, 7-1 ACC) opened the doubles by sweeping Miami on all three courts. The tandem of Michael Redlicki and Jason Tahir won the first match of the day at the No. 2 spot in the lineup over Diego Soto and Wilfredo Flores 8-5. The win is their 21st of the season. At the third position, the tandem of Chris Mengel and Fred Saba clinched the opening point after downing Marco Stancati and Henrique Tsukanoto 8-3.
FSU 5, UNC 2 — No. 69 North Carolina (9-12, 2-6 ACC) fell to No. 27 Florida State (17-7, 4-4 ACC) by a score of 5-2 on Sunday at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.
The duo of Brett Clark and Esben Hess-Olesen got the Tar Heels off to a solid start in doubles, defeating Andres Bucaro and Benjamin Lock by an 8-6 count at the No. 2 spot. The Seminoles countered at No. 1, where Dominic Cotrone and Blake Davis edged UNC's William Parker and Nelson Vick, 8-6.
With the doubles point up for grabs, Florida State’s 89th-ranked pairing of Jordan Kelly-Houston and Anderson Reed rallied to beat James Coxe and Oystein Steiro by a score of 9-8(2) on court three. Coxe and Steiro broke the Seminoles to take an 8-7 lead, but the Seminoles responded by taking the following game and the match tiebreaker.
MEAC SHOWCASE — After placing fourth a year ago at the conference championship-style golf tournament, N.C. Central posted three of its best four team scores of the season to place third at the MEAC Showcase, which concluded Sunday at the Legends Golf Club in Myrtle Beach.
The Eagles recorded team scores of 308 and a season-best 297 on Saturday, followed by a final round 307 on Sunday. The only other team score that sits among those during the rest of the season was on Sept. 29, 2012, at the Black College Hall of Fame Invitational in Atlanta.
Spencer Jones led NCCU with scores of 74, 70 (-2) and 74 to place fourth on the leaderboard. His 54-hole total of 218 is a career-best by five strokes. Jones’s second-round tally of a 2-under-par 70 was also a career-low.
DUKE SECOND — In one of the most impressive showings of the 2012-13 campaign, No. 3 Duke shot a season-best 10-under-par on its way to finishing second against a very challenging field at the PING/ASU Invitational, which was played at the 6,223-yard, Par 72 Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz.
Duke carded rounds of 280, 283 and 291 on its way to posting a season-best 54-hole total of 854. Alabama won the team title after shooting an 11-under-par, 277, in the final round as the Tide fired a three-day total of 845. Arizona (862), Stanford (862), Southern California (863), Arizona State (863), Texas (864), UCLA (866), Texas A&M (877) and UC Davis (879) rounded out the top 10.