Tuesday's college roundup
Duke tops NCCU at DAP
DURHAM — Duke won the first of two scheduled baseball meetings this season with N.C. Central, taking advantage of three errors by the Eagles to down their cross-town rivals 6-3 on Tuesday.
Duke (9-7) racked up five unearned runs and snapped a 3-3 tie with a single run in the eighth and two more in the ninth.
James Marvel (1-2) started and got the win for Duke, surrendering three runs, all earned, in seven innings. Andrew Istler pitched the eighth and ninth for his fourth save.
Andrew Vernon (1-2) gave up a hit, a walk and hit a batter pitching one-third of an inning in relief of NCCU starter Jordan Quinn and was charged with the loss.
Duke pitchers held NCCU (9-8) to four hits — singles by Tyson Simpson, Zach Lee and Luis Diaz and a double by Dylan Drayton — and a pair of walks. Drayton drove in a pair of runs for the Eagles and Troy Marrow the third. NCCU left only two men on base.
Jeff Kremer and Chris Marconcini each went 2-for-4 for Duke. Marconcini and Grant McCabe each drove in a pair of runs for the Blue Devils who also benefitted from doubles by Andy Perez, Kremer and Jordan Betts.
UNC 12, GARDNER-WEBB 0 — Freshman Trent Thornton fell four outs shy of UNC’s first no-hitter since 1978 on Tuesday as he combined with Reilly Hovis and Luis Paula on a one-hitter in a 12-0 win over Gardner-Webb (11-4) at Boshamer Stadium.
Thornton struck out eight over his 7.2 innings of work to improve to 3-0 on the year and keep the Tar Heels at a perfect 15-0.
The freshman right-hander retired the side in order in the first before issuing a lead-off walk to John Harris to open the second inning.
TEXAS 6, UNC 1 — The North Carolina men’s tennis team dropped a 6-1 decision at No. 14 Texas on Tuesday night at Penick-Allison Tennis Center.
The highlight of the match for UNC was the battle at No. 1 singles between twin brothers Esben Hess-Olesen of North Carolina and Soren Hess-Olesen of UT. Esben, ranked 35th nationally, scored a three-set come-from-behind win over Soren, ranked #43 nationally.
Soren won the first set 6-3 before Esben took sets two and three by identical 6-4 scores, ending the team match three hours and thirty minutes in.
UNC 15, HIGH POINT 6 — Freshman Devin Markison scored a season-high five goals and junior Brittney Coppa scored three times as North Carolina powered past High Point 15-6 in women’s lacrosse action Tuesday night.
UNC (6-1) dominated from the beginning, scoring three times in the first five minutes and building a 9-0 lead in the first 25:13 of the game. Coppa scored three of UNC’s first six goals and freshman Sammy Jo Tracy had two.
DUKE IN TOP 20 — Austin Cody, Turner Southey-Gordon and Motin Yeung each finished in the top 20 at the Bash at the Beach Tuesday. The Duke trio played in the event at the Surf Golf and Beach Club as individuals.
Southey-Gordon fired a four-under 67 in the final round to close with a one-over 214 and finished tied for 14th with Cody and two others. Cody shot a two-over 73 Tuesday for a 214 (71-70-73).
KENTUCKY 18, UNC 0 — No. 24 North Carolina fell to No. 17 Kentucky Tuesday 18-0 as the Wildcats set a school record with 18 RBIs and tied their school record with four homers.
UNC had three get on base, as Haleigh Dickey drew a walk in the first, Amber Parrish reached on a Wildcat error and Kristen Brown reached on a fielder’s choice, both in the second.
DUKE’S LONG THIRD — Senior Jordan Long turned in an impressive performance in the men’s 3-meter springboard diving competition to lead Duke on the second day of action at the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships in Knoxville, Tenn.
Long totaled 724.40 points to place third overall in the 3-meter final, the best finish of his career at a Zones meet. He posted a score of 376.95 in the preliminary round and increased his total by earning 347.45 points in the final to take third. His third dive earned 69.75 points on a forward 3½ somersault in the pike position for his highest-scoring dive of the day.
With only the men’s platform event remaining, Long sits in sixth place overall on the Zone B priority list, with the top five divers advancing to the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.