Thursday's college roundup
Dickey, Spingola lead UNC into semifinals
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — North Carolina’s Haleigh Dickey hit two home runs and Lori Spingola held Georgia Tech to five hits as the fourth-seeded Tar Heels took a 6-2 win Thursday evening in the quarterfinals of the ACC softball championship.
UNC, which improved to 23-35 in the ACC tournament, will face top-seeded Florida State today at 3:30 p.m.
The Tar Heels (39-18, 13-8) got to Georgia Tech pitcher Hope Rush in the first two innings. Jenna Kelly drove in Dickey in the first inning, followed by a RBI double from Kristen Brown and a two-run single by Amber Parrish in the second to give the Tar Heels the early 4-0 lead.
A solo shot to center field by Dickey in the fourth inning pushed it to 5-0 for the Tar Heels.
Dickey hit her second solo shot of the day in the sixth inning, her 12th of the season, to give the Tar Heels a 6-2 lead. The senior holds the program record and ranks eighth in league history with 43 career home runs. The two from Dickey tied the tournament single-game record for home runs in a contest.
Spingola (29-12) went seven innings and held Georgia Tech to five hits to earn her 29th win of the season, tying for the ACC lead. She tallied six strikeouts with two earned runs allowed in her 28th complete game of the year.
Duke golfers third at NCAA regional
NORMAN, Okla. — The top-seeded and third-ranked Duke women’s golf team opened the NCAA Central Regional on Thursday with a 4-under 284 and sits two shots off the lead with 36 holes remaining.
Florida holds the team lead, following a 6-under 282. Oklahoma (283) is second, with TCU third at 290, Michigan State (291), UC Davis (291), Arizona State (292), Mississippi State (292), Wisconsin (292) and Indiana (292) rounding out the top 10.
Seeing action in her fourth regional, senior Lindy Duncan turned in a 3-under 69 and is tied for third.
Duke’s Celine Boutier shot a 2-under 70 and is tied for ninth. Junior Alejandra Cangrejo opened her day with nine consecutive pars before sticking her approach shot on No. 10 to within 2 feet for birdie and finished at even-par 72, tied for 26th overall.
Courtney Ellenbogen had a solid day as she turned in an 1-over 73 to tie for 35th.
UNC tied for 6th at regional
AUBURN, Ala. — The North Carolina women’s golf team fired a 2-over 290 in the first round of the NCAA East Regional and is tied for sixth place.
Junior Jackie Chang earned a share of fourth place with a 4-under 68 on Thursday, followed by Casey Grice at 2-under 70 and tied for ninth.
Elizabeth Mallett shot a 2-over 74 to tie for 44th place, while Katherine Perry shot a 6-over 78 to share 93rd.
Top-seed Alabama fired an 11-under 277 and leads the field of 24 teams.
Duke hosts men’s tennis regional
DURHAM — The No. 9 Duke men’s tennis team hosts one of 16 regionals for the NCAA Championships beginning today and continuing Saturday.
UNC Wilmington will meet South Carolina in the first match of the day Friday at 10 a.m., before the host Blue Devils will face Coastal Carolina at 1 p.m. The winners will compete for a trip to the NCAA team championships May 17-21 in Urbana, Ill.
Duke posted an undefeated regular season on its home courts for the first time since the 2000-01 campaign, going 13-0 throughout the spring. Senior Henrique Cunha, the ACC player of the year, leads the way with a 17-0 singles record throughout the spring, while the duo of Cunha and sophomore Raphael Hemmeler posted a 33-3 overall mark for the season.
UNC women host tennis regional
CHAPEL HILL — No. 2 North Carolina begins play in the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship today when the Tar Heels host MEAC champion S.C. State at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center at 1 p.m.
UNC (25-3) is serving as a regional host for the 11th time in the past 12 seasons and the ninth under four-time ACC coach of the year Brian Kalbas. Led by ACC player of the year Gina Suarez-Malaguti, UNC is a top-eight national seed for the fourth consecutive NCAA tournament.
The winner of Friday’s UNC-S.C. State match will face the winner of the Tennessee-VCU match in Saturday’s second round for the right to advance to the NCAA final site in Urbana, Ill.
Pathman to train with U-23 squad
DURHAM — For the second time in the past two months, Duke rising senior Mollie Pathman will travel to Chula Vista, Calif., for a training session with the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team from May 11-18.
Pathman is one of 24 players named to the camp, which features 22 current collegiate players, one former collegian and one professional player. The roster features seven players, including Pathman, from the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan.
Pathman, a former Durham Academy star, is a two-time All-ACC selection at Duke. She has played in 63 career games, recording 15 goals and 22 assists while leading the Blue Devils to consecutive appearances in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, highlighted by a trip to the College Cup in 2011.
NCAA refs getting leeway in calls
The NCAA committees for men’s and women’s basketball rules want to give referees leeway in how they deal with accidental elbows above the shoulders.
Pending approval by the Playing Rules Oversight Committee next month, referees who call an elbow to the head will be allowed to use a video monitor to determine the severity of the blow. If deemed inadvertent, the referee could call a player-control foul or even nothing.
Previously, a referee was required to call a flagrant-1 or flagrant-2. A flagrant-1 results in two free throws and possession for the offended team. A flagrant-2 adds an ejection of the offending player.
The men’s and women’s rules committee recommended several other changes during meetings that ended Thursday in Indianapolis.
Officials in both the men’s and women’s game will be allowed to use video monitors more in the final two minutes of games and in overtime.
The charging-blocking foul was tweaked in the men’s game, preventing the defender from sliding into the offensive player’s path to the basket at the last moment. In addition, greater emphasis is being placed on calling fouls on defensive players who keep a hand or forearm on an opponent or use an arm bar to impede the progress of an opponent.
The most notable rule change recommended on the women’s side is the implementation of the 10-second backcourt rule.