Fanfare: Tar Heels stop Elon; Jordan clinches PAC-6 title
Tar Heel baseball stops Elon on road
ELON — Parks Jordan had three hits and drove in three runs as North Carolina defeated Elon 12-6 Wednesday night at Latham Park.
Joe Dudek belted his fourth home run of the year in a five-run first inning, and Taylore Cherry picked up his first win of the season with 5-2/3 solid innings of work as the Tar Heels improved to 29-19.
Carolina jumped out in front quickly in support of Cherry. Tyler Ramirez, who also had three hits and scored twice, led off the game with a single and moved to second on Adam Pate’s sacrifice. Jordan then doubled home Ramirez and scored on a Korey Dunbar single. Two batters later, Dudek scorched a three-run homer off John Antonelli (0-1) to make it 5-0.
The Tar Heels added single runs in the second and third before Elon’s Casey Jones homered off Cherry (1-2) in the fourth for the first hit of the night for the Phoenix. Cherry pitched into the sixth to pick up his first win of 2014, allowing four runs on just four hits.
Elon (26-22) made a game of it with three runs in the sixth, but Carolina added two key insurance runs in the seventh on a Tom Zengel two-run double. The Phoenix rallied again in the bottom of the seventh against Trevor Kelley and Zach Rice, but Spencer Trayner entered the game and retired all six batters he faced, striking out five.
Jordan stops ECH, wins PAC-6 title
DURHAM — Callie Sherr scored once in each half Wednesday night as Jordan clinched the PAC-6 4-A women’s soccer title over second place East Chapel Hill 2-1.
East (10-4-0, 7-2-0 PAC-6) could have taken the conference lead with a win, but Jordan (11-5-2, 9-0-1 PAC-6) made it academic by putting away the Wildcats for the secon time this season.
Also Wednesday, Northern clinched third place with a 5-0 win over No. 4 Riverside. Nicole Crutchfield scored her 34th, 35th and 36th goals of the season in the victory.
UNC to meet State in ACC softball quarters
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The North Carolina softball team opens play at 1:30 p.m. today against N.C. State in the opening round of teh three-day ACC Softball Tournament in College Park, Md
N.C. State won the 2013 tournament and will meet the Tar Heels in today’s quarterfinals at Maryland Softball Stadium.
UNC to meet OSU in CBS Sports Classic
CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina will meet Ohio State on Dec. 20 at the United Center in Chicago as part of the inaugural CBS Sports Classic men’s basketball doubleheader. The game will start at 1 p.m. and will be followed by UCLA vs. Kentucky at 3:30 p.m.
The four schools will play each other in a round-robin format each of the next three seasons. The CBS Sports Classic moves to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on December 19, 2015, and travels to Las Vegas in December 2016.
“We are excited to bring these powerhouse programs together for a tremendous early season showcase,” said Dan Weinberg, CBS Sports’ senior vice president for programming. “From its debut next season, the CBS Sports Classic will be a marquee event, adding to our already deep college basketball schedule.”
Bulls’ unveil new Triple-A All-Star package
DURHAM — The Durham Bulls have placed a limited number of tickets for the 2014 Triple-A All-Star Game at Durham Bulls Athletic Park on sale through the creation of a four-event All-Star Game Pack.
The package includes tickets to the 27th Triple-A All-Star Game on July 16, the Triple-A Home Run Derby on July 14, two weekend Bulls games (June 22 and August 9), and an All-Star Game t-shirt for $48.
The All-Star Game Pack gives fans their best chance yet to secure a spot at All-Star game festivities before individual tickets go on sale. The package is on sale now at durhambulls.com, by phone at 919-956-BULL or at the DBAP box office.
Incoming Duke players invited to U18 trials
DURHAM — Blue Devil women’s basketball incoming freshmen Lynee Belton, Sierra Calhoun and Azura Stevens have accepted invitations to participate in the 2014 USA Basketball U18 National Team Trials.
The trials, which will be held May 24-26 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., will be used to select the 12-member team that will compete in the USA Basketball-hosted 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship Aug. 6-10.
Hibbert awakens, leads Pacers past Wizards
INDIANAPOLIS — Roy Hibbert broke out of his playoff funk with a season-best 28 points and nine rebounds, leading the Indiana Pacers to an 86-82 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night that tied the Eastern Conference semifinals at 1-1.
It was a stark contrast to Hibbert’s abysmal, scoreless showing in Monday night’s loss — and most of this year’s playoffs.
But after hearing 48 hours of constant criticism and continual questions, Hibbert responded with the kind of game Indiana desperately needed. He made his first four shots, dominated the middle and produced big basket after big basket.
Former Canes lead Penguins past Rangers
NEW YORK — Ex-Carolina Hurricane Brandon Sutter scored a short-handed goal to break a second-period tie, and the Pittsburgh Penguins moved within one win of the Eastern Conference finals with a 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.
Pittsburgh, which has won three straight following a series-opening loss, can advance with a Game 5 victory at home Friday night.
Evgeni Malkin scored 2:31, and former Cane Jussi Jokinen made it 3-1 at 7:02 of the third before the teams traded late goals. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 13 shots.