College roundup: Duke's final rally tops Terps
Duke trailed by at lead two runs three times on Saturday and rallied each time to take an 11-9 win over Maryland 11-9 at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Trailing 9-8 in the bottom of the eighth, Duke tallied five straight hits with two outs to turn a one-run deficit into a two-run advantage.
Duke fell behind 2-0 in the first and faced deficits of 7-2 and 9-7 before mounting the eighth-inning comeback.
After starter Drew Van Orden was touched for five runs in the first two innings, freshman Michael Matuella, sophomore Sarkis Ohanian and sophomore Andrew Istler (3-3) came on in relief and allowed just two earned runs over seven innings. Istler recorded the final four outs of the ball game to close out the victory and pick up his third win of the season.
Redshirt sophomore Chris Marconcini went 3-for-5 with an RBI, while freshman Kenny Koplove also went 3-for-5, adding two RBIs and a run scored. One of three Blue Devils with two hits in the contest, sophomore Andy Perez belted a home run and a triple and added four RBIs.
In the top of the first, Maryland right fielder Jordan Hagel singled and scored on a LaMonte Wade triple before Kevin Martir drove in the Terps’ second run with a ground ball to second.
Duke (25-21, 9-14 ACC) answered immediately, with Perez sending the first pitch he saw over the Blue Monster in left field for his third home run of the season. Junior Jordan Betts and Marconcini roped back-to-back doubles to tie the score at two.
Maryland kept at it in the second and third innings, sending five runs around to take a 7-2 lead.
Sophomore Grant McCabe, who had a pair of hits alongside two runs scored and an RBI, walked to begin the bottom of the fourth and Mark Lumpa followed with a double. Koplove knocked in the first of his two RBI with a single before senior Ryan Munger was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Perez proceeded to send a bases-clearing triple to center field, pulling Duke within one. A Jeff Kremer grounder to short allowed Perez to score from third, knotting the score at seven-all.
Two unearned runs in the sixth once again gave Maryland the advantage. After a Duke error put runners at the corners, Hagel drove in one run on a fielder’s choice and Wade knocked in the second with a single.
A Matt Berezo pinch-hit RBI single cut the Terps’ lead to 9-8 in the seventh, but Maryland right-hander Kevin Mooney (3-2) appeared to be in control in the eighth, striking out the first two Blue Devil batters.
Duke’s fortunes changed with a Marconcini hit, the first of five consecutive singles for the Blue Devils. Grant McCabe, Mark Lumpa and Koplove each had a RBI single to give Duke an 11-9 margin heading into the final frame.
The series finale is set for a 1 p.m. today at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
NCCU 3-8, FAMU 6-3 — N.C. Central earned a split with Florida A&M after dropping the first game 6-3, scoring in all but one inning of the second game for an 8-3 win in Tallahassee, Fla.
Senior Glenn Frye became the first NCCU pitcher in the modern era of the program to record 200 career strikeouts, reaching that number in the third inning.
Today’s game time has been changed to noon instead of the originally scheduled 1 p.m. start.
DUKE SECOND — Senior Julian Suri fired a 6-under 66 to lead No. 9 Duke to a school-record tying 15-under 273 in the second round of the ACC Championship at Old North State Club in New London.
Seniors Brinson Paolini and Adam Sumrall posted rounds of 68 and 69, respectively, as Duke moved to within four shots of tournament leader Florida State.
Duke began the day tied for second and 11 shots behind the Seminoles before getting off to the fast start with seven birdies and two eagles over the first four holes of play. The team finished the day with two eagles, 19 birdies and just six bogeys and one double-bogey.
FSU, 14th in the Golfstat rankings, holds the 36-hole lead with a 25-under 551, followed by Duke at 21-under (555), Georgia Tech (-20, 556), Virginia Tech (-18, 558), Virginia (-10, 566), Wake Forest (-4, 572), Clemson (-3, 573), N.C. State (+4, 580), North Carolina (+4, 580), Maryland (+16, 592) and Boston College (+21, 597).
Track and field
DUKE SETS RELAY MARK — The Duke 3,200-meter relay team set the third new school record of the weekend at the 119th Penn Relays in Philadelphia on Saturday.
The team of freshmen Tommy Meister and Michal Filipczak, sophomore Kyle Moran and redshirt junior Curtis Beach smashed the school mark by more than five seconds with a time of 7:20.97, finishing fourth overall.
The finish was the highest Championship of America finish for a men’s relay team since 1972. Beach anchored the squad with the fastest leg by running a time of 1:48.37 while Filipczak clocked a time of 1:49.38. Moran ran a personal-best time of 1:50.18 while Meister led off the team well by running a time of 1:52.8.
The women’s 3,200 relay finished eighth with a combined time of 8:40.96. The team, consisting of senior Cydney Ross, junior Rebecca Craigie, sophomore Abby Farley and freshman Anima Banks, ran fast enough to sit third on Duke’s all-time list.
The Blue Devils also set new Duke standards in the men’s discus and women’s sprint medley.
MARYLAND 7-9, UNC 4-1 — North Carolina dropped a doubleheader at Maryland on Saturday, as the Terrapins came from behind to win game two 9-1.
The Tar Heels struck first in the second game, as Aquilla Mateen hit a hard standup triple to right center before she scored on a wild pitch.
After five scoreless innings for the Terps, Maryland came alive in the sixth, putting six runs on the board. Lindsey Schmeiser and Lexi Carroll walked to open the Terps’ sixth. Schmeiser and Bria Taylor, running for Carroll, advanced a base on a passed ball before both scored on a double to right-center by Candice Beards to take the lead.