Sunday's college roundup
Plumlee receives Newell Big Man Award
ATLANTA — Duke's Mason Plumlee received the Pete Newell Big Man of the Year Award presented by Spalding on Sunday at the AT&T NABC Guardians of the Game Awards Show in Atlanta.
Plumlee is the first ACC player to claim the award in its 14 years.
Plumlee, a second team All-American honoree from the USBWA, AP and NABC, closed his senior campaign averaging 17.1 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.4 blocks per game while shooting 59.9 percent from the field.
UNC 8, MARYLAND 4 — No. 1 North Carolina (29-2, 12-2 ACC) scored six runs after the fifth inning en route to an 8-4 win over visiting Maryland (16-15, 4-11) to claim the series sweep in front of a sellout crowd of 4,100.
Reliever Trent Thornton blanked the Terps in the ninth to cap his team-leading seventh win of the year, as the Tar Heels claimed their fifth series sweep of the campaign.
Colin Moran and Cody Stubbs finished the day with three RBIs apiece, while Parks Jordan recorded a pair of hits and Landon Lassiter crossed the plate three times.
DUKE 3, GA. TECH 0 — Junior right-hander Robert Huber threw his second complete game shutout in as many starts to lead Duke to a series-clinching win over No. 15 Georgia Tech at Jack Coombs Field. Huber also tossed nine scoreless innings in Duke’s 6-0 win over Boston College a week ago.
Facing one of the top offenses in college baseball, Huber (5-2) scattered five hits while striking out seven batters. The Plano, Texas, native had at least one strikeout in five innings and induced 12 fly ball outs as the Blue Devils blanked the Yellow Jackets for the second time this weekend. Georgia was the most recent team to shut out Georgia Tech twice in the same series, winning 3-0 and 5-0 on March 14-15, 1955.
NCCU 4, N.C. A&T 2 — N.C. Central got a strong pitching effort along with timely hitting late to take the series finale from rival N.C. A&T 4-2 on Sunday at War Memorial Stadium in Greensboro.
With the win, NCCU (21-14, 9-6 MEAC) has tied the modern record for wins in a season set by the 2007 squad that finished 21-24.
UNC 2, VIRGINIA 1 — No. 25 North Carolina swept the weekend series against Virginia with a 2-1 victory in game three on Sunday, improving to 31-13 on the season and 9-3 in ACC play.
The Tar Heels got on the board early, with Elisah Elliott starting things off with a single and advancing when Aquilla Mateen followed with a bunt single. Amber Parrish doubled down the left field line to bring in Parrish and Mateen.
UNC TAKES TITLE — The North Carolina men's golf team fired an 8-over-par 292 to capture the team’s first tournament win this spring season while giving Coach Andrew Sapp his second win at UNC and 10th for his career. The team struggled on the front nine, scoring a 9-over-par 149 but refocused and combined for a 1-under 143 on the back nine. UNC ended the tournament at 7-over-par 859. Andy Sajevic led the Tar Heels on Sunday by shooting an even-par 70 on Sunday, knocking in three birdies and three bogeys.
DUKE SEVENTH — Freshmen Mads Soegaard and Motin Yeung along with senior Brinson Paolini fired under-par rounds Sunday to lead Duke to a three-under 285 in the final round of the Aggie Invitational at the Traditions Golf Club. The Blue Devils climbed two spots in the standings to finish seventh overall with a +13, 877, while Yeung, Soegaard and Paolini each finished in the top 20 individually.
DUKE 5, GA. TECH 2 — Ninth-ranked Duke concluded its regular-season road schedule with a 5-2 win over Georgia Tech at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex in Atlanta. The Blue Devils improve to 18-4, 6-1 ACC.
CLEMSON 4, DUKE 1 — The 16th-ranked Clemson Tigers played spoiler on senior day, topping No. 6 Duke 4-1 at Ambler Tennis Stadium. After being limited to only five players for the second straight match, the Blue Devils fall to 13-5 overall, 4-2 ACC.
UNC STRONG — The North Carolina second varsity eight and novice eight highlighted the Occoquan Sprints Sunday in Occoquan, Va. Competing on the Occoquan Reservoir, UNC's second varsity eight rebounded from a fourth-place heats finish to win the petite final. The novice eight, facing stiff competition for the first time this season, took second in the “A” final.