Saturday's college roundup
UNC tops Stony Brook
CHAPEL HILL — No. 1 North Carolina (4-0) scored eight runs through the first four innings en route to a series-opening 11-2 win over Stony Brook (0-4) Saturday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium.
Junior Kent Emanuel improved to 2-0 on the year as he allowed two runs, one earned, over seven innings of work. Emanuel racked up eight strikeouts on the afternoon in his second start of the year.
UNC had four hitters (Michael Russell, Colin Moran, Parks Jordan and Brian Holberton) register a pair of hits in the win, while Chaz Frank and Matt Roberts each drove in a pair of runs for the Tar Heels.
Duke’s Betts provides walk off blast
DURHAM — Junior third baseman Jordan Betts’ walk off two-run homer in the the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday lifted Duke to a 2-0 victory over Bucknell at Jack Coombs Field.
Senior Jeff Kremer was on third when Betts homered.
For the second consecutive day, Duke’s starting pitcher recorded 10-plus strikeouts, as junior Drew Van Orden and sophomore Andrew Istler combined on a one-hit shutout. Van Orden (0-1) posted a career-high 13 strikeouts and held Bucknell (0-5) to one hit over eight scoreless innings. He retired 23 of the 26 batters he faced and struck out at least one batter in every inning except the seventh.
Istler (1-0) came on and pitched a perfect ninth, recording a pair of groundouts and a strikeout in his second appearance of the season.
Duke and Bucknell close out their three-game series at noon today at Jack Coombs Field.
NCCU falls to Presbyterian
DURHAM — The N.C. Central baseball team pounded out 12 hits but left 10 runners stranded, including the potential game-tying run at third base in the ninth, as the Eagles suffered their first loss of the season by a score of 3-2 to Presbyterian College at Durham Athletic Park on Saturday.
The Eagles (3-1) were led by junior Dylan Drayton with three hits and an RBI in five plate appearances. Juniors Tyson Simpson and Zach Lee contributed two hits each.
In his second appearance of the season, NCCU senior starter Michael Romano surrendered just three runs on five hits with three strikeouts and a walk in eight innings of action, but he was credited with the loss.
NCCU and Presbyterian return to the DAP today for a 1 p.m. start.
Duke’s McCrory top ACC diver
GREENSBORO — Duke’s Nick McCrory, the ACC Men’s Championship Most Valuable Diver, won the platform with a score of 515.20 to become the first male to sweep the three diving events at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
With his seventh career victory, he passed N.C. State’s Allyson Reid to become the winningest diver in ACC history. The junior from Chapel Hill is the first to earn ACC Men’s Most Valuable Diver honors three times in a career.
For the sixth straight year, the Virginia women are the ACC champions after building an early lead. The championship is the 11th in program history, all of which have come under Coach Mark Bernardino.
Virginia tallied 832 points, followed by Virginia Tech with 536 points, North Carolina (508), Florida State (497), N.C. State (438), Miami (389), Duke (246), Georgia Tech (158), Boston College (98) and Clemson (12).
Second-half rally lifts Heels
CHAPEL HILL — No. 12 North Carolina overcame a four-goal second-half deficit to claim a 10-9 win over No. 15 Fairfield in men’s lacrosse action Saturday afternoon at Fetzer Field.
Marcus Holman’s five goals and one assist helped improve UNC to 2-1 while the Stags lost their first game of the season and also stand at 2-1.
Fairfield ran off five goals in a row in a span that sandwiched halftime in between. The Stags got the last four goals of the second quarter to erase a 3-2 UNC lead and when Jordan Greenfield scored an unassisted goal with 10:31 left in the third period the Stags led 7-3. On the same play, UNC’s Steve Pontrello was called for slashing, put Fairfield up for a minute.
Blue Devils top Diplomats
LANCASTER, Pa. — Duke kicked off the weekend on the right foot by winning seven of 10 bouts to post a 24-12 victory over host Franklin & Marshall at the NWCA Dual Festival in Lancaster, Pa.
The Blue Devils earned major decisions by Peter Terrezza (125), Brandon Gambucci (133) and Marcus Cain (149) and picked up decisions at 157, 165, 174 and heavyweight.
Starting at 125 pounds, Terrezza raced out to a 6-0 lead after three minutes. The redshirt senior continued to dominate the bout, adding seven more points over the next two periods to blank Aaron Moldoff 13-0 for his seventh win of the campaign.
Duke women third at ACC Championships
BLACKSBURG, Va. — The Duke women’s track and field team earned its highest team finish with 82 total points and finishing third at the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday.
The men matched their best finish, landing in fifth overall with a total of 52 points.
Senior Cydney Ross earned her first ACC title in the women’s 800 meters crossing the line in 2:06.81 in the victory.