Friday's college roundup
NCCU 5-3, FAMU 4-2 — N.C. Central took a pair of one-run wins over Florida A&M on Friday at Durham Athletic Park, running the Eagles’ win streak to six.
NCCU (15-9, 7-4 MEAC) trailed 4-3 after six innings of the opener but rallied for a pair of runs in the eighth to give Michael Romano (2-3) the win on the mound. Gavin Guarrera pitched the ninth for his fifth save of the season.
NCCU, which has eight straight wins over FAMU (1-23, 1-7), goes for the series sweep today at 1 p.m. at the DAP.
Glenn Frye (3-1) earned the win in the second game, while Guarrera picked up the save.
CLEMSON 7, DUKE 0 — Clemson starter Daniel Gossett threw a complete game five-hitter to give the Tiges a 7-0 win over Duke in ACC baseball Friday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
Gossett (3-1) allowed just one hit through the first seven innings and faced the minimum in six frames. The Tiger right-hander struck out three and did not issue a walk.
Duke starter Trent Swart (2-1) suffered his first loss of the season. The Blue Devil lefty allowed five runs, three earned, on 11 hits in 5.1 innings of work while striking out three.
Third baseman Jordan Betts was 2-for-4 with a double and a single to lead the Blue Devils.
Duke and Clemson are set for a doubleheader today at 12:30 p.m.
NCAA swimming & diving
UNC’S BLALOCK SETS MARK — Ten finalists highlighted action for ACC athletes on Friday at the NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship at the IU Natatorium and the IUPUI Sports Complex.
North Carolina placed four swimmers in finals on Friday and sits in 13th with 61 points. Virginia is in 18th with 32 points, followed by Miami in 22nd with 24 points, Virginia Tech in 25th with 20, and Florida State in 30th with nine.
UNC’s Cari Blalock broke her second ACC record in as many days at the NCAA Championship. After setting the mark in the 200 individual medley on Thursday, the junior went 4:06.77 in the 400 IM preliminaries to break the old record set by Virginia’s Claire Crippen in 2011.
Blalock finished in eighth in the finals in 4:07.58, and teammate Annie Harrison earned her first career All-America honors with a 16th place finish in 4:12.70.
Three ACC swimmers reached the finals in the 100 butterfly including two in the championship final. UNC’s Katie Nolan touched in 52.02 in fifth place, and Virginia Tech’s Heather Savage placed eighth in 52.14. Miami’s Lucy Worrall swam 52.37 for 13th place.
VIRGINIA TECH 4, UNC 3 — The 70th-ranked North Carolina men’s tennis team fell to No. 52 Virginia Tech 4-3 on Friday at Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center.
The Tar Heels (7-9, 0-3 ACC) made a strong push after trailing 3-0, but ultimately could not claim their first ACC victory.
The Hokies (10-3, 2-0) jumped out to an early lead, taking two of the three doubles matches to clinch the doubles point.
VIRGINIA 4, DUKE 3 — Junior Fred Saba gave the eighth-ranked Duke men’s tennis team a 3-2 team advantage after defeating No. 1 Alex Domijan, 7-5, 7-5, but the Blue Devils fell short of upsetting top-ranked Virginia 4-3 on Friday afternoon at the Snyder Tennis Center.
Duke (14-4, 2-1 ACC) dropped the doubles point for the third time this season, as the team now is 15-3 in capturing the opening point on the year.
In the deciding match on court three, the duo of Justin Shane and Julen Uriguen clinched the opening point for the Cavaliers over the No. 25 tandem of Saba and Chris Mengel, which is 18-5 in the spring.
NCCU’S JONES IS ALL-MEAC — N.C. Central senior Laverne Jones was named to the second team All-MEAC bowling honor as announced by the league.
Jones finished the regular season with an average of 186.9 pins in 36 matches and had a season-high 254 game during the Morgan State Collegiate Classic on Feb. 16. She also participated in 49 baker games with the Lady Eagles.