Saturday's college roundup
Duke falls at Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A three-run home run in the bottom of the first proved to be the difference as the Duke baseball team fell to No. 13 Florida 4-2 on Saturday afternoon at McKethan Stadium at Perry Field
Florida (1-1) took advantage of a slow start for the Blue Devils in the first, as leadoff hitter Harrison Bader reached on an error and Richie Martin followed with a walk. Gator second baseman Chris Turgeon delivered the three-run shot off the right field foul pole to give Florida an early advantage in game two of the three-game series.
With one out and runners on the corners, Duke starter Drew Van Orden struck out UF’s Zach Powers and picked off Taylor Gushue at first to end the inning.
Despite the early momentum in Florida’s favor, the Duke (1-1) pitching staff settled down and limited the Gators to just one run on four hits the rest of the way.
Van Orden (0-1) struck out three and did not allow a run after the first but took the loss after giving up three runs on four hits in 3.1 innings pitched. Right-handers Chase Bebout and Dalton Brown combined to pitch 2.1 scoreless innings in relief while freshman Nick Hendrix made his collegiate debut, allowing one run on one hit in 2.0 innings.
Duke answered in the top of the fourth as catcher Mike Rosenfeld started things off with a single, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by the Florida catcher. Designated hitter Chris Marconcini then hammered the 2-2 pitch from Gator starter Tucker Simpson over the wall in left for his fifth career home run to make it a 3-2 game.
Simpson threw 4.0 innings in total, allowing two runs on two hits while striking out three and walking two.
Duke and Florida close out the series today noon. The Blue Devils have their home opener Friday against Bucknell.
UNC GAME CANCELLED — The second game of a three game series between North Carolina and Seton Hall scheduled for Saturday was cancelled because of the weather. The series will conclude today at 1 p.m. Sophomore right-hander Benton Moss will be UNC’s starting pitcher, while Seton Hall is scheduled to have junior right-hander Brian Gilbert on the mound.
EAGLES STILL ON — In spite of the cold, wet weather, N.C. Central’s baseball team still is scheduled to open the season by hosting New Jersey Institute of Technology in a doubleheader today at 1 p.m. at Durham Athletic Park.
UMass rallies past Tar Heels
KENNESAW, GA. — No. 13 Massachusetts outscored No. 7 North Carolina 4-0 in the final quarter and rallied past the Tar Heels 12-11 in men’s lacrosse Saturday afternoon at KSU Stadium in the third annual Southern Showdown.
Back-to-back unassisted goals by Grant Whiteway and Connor Mooney in the final five minutes capped the rally for the Minutemen (2-0). UMass has not lost a regular-season game since 2011 and continued that string with a fierce second-half rally that erased a 7-4 UNC halftime lead.
UNC (1-1) had two goals each from Marcus Holman, Jimmy Bitter and Spencer Parks.
Irish knock off Duke in lacrosse
DURHAM — Notre Dame goalkeeper John Kemp recorded 10 saves while attackmen Matt Kavanagh and Jim Marlatt combined for nine goals as the third-ranked Fighting Irish defeated No. 6 Duke 13-5 in men’s lacrosse action on a snowy Saturday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.
Notre Dame (1-0) scored the game’s first six goals — two each by Kavanagh, Marlatt and Steve Murphy — before the Blue Devils (1-2) found the back of the net just 39 seconds prior to halftime.
Rookie midfielder Myles Jones netted Duke’s lone first-half score. Kavanagh and Marlatt responded with a goal each in the final 13 seconds of the second quarter to provide the Irish with an 8-1 lead at intermission.