Duke posts 12-stroke swing to claim regional golf title
For the eighth time in school history and the first time since 2007, the Duke women’s golf team claimed a NCAA Regional Championship as the top-seeded Blue Devils carded a final round of 12-under 276 to win the Central Regional by six strokes at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla.
Duke registered a 54-hole total of 851 with rounds of 284, 291 and 276 to overtake host Oklahoma (857). The Sooners held a six-stroke lead heading into the final round, but Oklahoma shot even-par (288) to Duke’s 12-under-par (276) on the final day. The Blue Devils carded a season-best three-day total of 851, which was the second-lowest regional output in school history. The 12-under 276, was the second-lowest 18-hole total in school history on a par 72 course.
The Blue Devils advanced to the NCAA Championship for the 25th time in school history and the 18th time out of the past 19 years. Rounding out the teams advancing the NCAA Championship were Oklahoma (857), Mississippi State (872), Florida (877), Arizona State (878), UC Davis (880), Wisconsin (883) and Michigan State (884).
Duke next will compete in the NCAA Championship in Athens, Ga., from May 21-24 at the University of Georgia Golf Course.
UNC FALLS SHORT — North Carolina’s 11th-ranked women’s golf team fired a 305 in final round of the East Regional to finish in 10th place with an 887 total.
The Tar Heels failed to advance on to the NCAA Championships, as the top eight teams and top two individuals not on those teams move on. Juniors Jackie Chang and Casey Grice led the Tar Heels on Saturday, each firing a 1-over 73.
Chang was in a playoff for the second of two individual spots with two Tennessee players, Erica Popson and Chessey Thomas, who all concluded regulation play at 3-under 213. Popson defeated Chang and Thomas in the first hole of a sudden death playoff for the No. 2 spot and the chance to move on to the NCAA Championships.
UNC 3, GA. TECH 1 — Starting pitcher Benton Moss got North Carolina back on the winning track Saturday night in Atlanta, throwing eight scoreless innings on as the Tar Heels beat Georgia Tech 3-1 in ACC baseball.
Moss (8-1) gave up just two hits, and reliever Trent Thornton picked up a save despite yielding the Yellow Jackets’ only run in the ninth.
The Tar Heels (45-5, 20-4 ACC) scored in the first sixth and ninth innings to bounce back after losing 5-4 on Friday on a walkoff homer.
VIRGINIA 17, DUKE 8 — The Duke baseball team was unable to slow No. 7 Virginia’s offense, which registered a season-high 22 hits en route to a 17-8 victory over the Blue Devils on Saturday afternoon at Davenport Field.
Virginia scored at least one run in six innings and put a combined 13 runs on the board in the third and fourth frames.
Left fielder Mike Papi was one of five Cavaliers with three hits on the day, going 4-for-4 with four RBI and three runs scored. Joe McCarthy, Brandon Downes, Reed Gragnani and Kenny Towns had three hits each and Virginia also totaled six extra base hits.
MABE PACES NCCU — N.C. Central junior Glendon Mabe posted one of only five under-par rounds Saturday during the 27th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship, shooting a 1-under-par 71 at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Mabe recorded four birdies in the second round on the 6,840-yard Wanamaker Course, including a birdie on the closing hole for the second consecutive day. He is tied for fifth place on the Division I leaderboard with a two-day total of 1-over 145 and is just four strokes behind the leader with 18 holes remaining today.
As a team, the Eagles posted a score of 307 and are in seventh place in the Division I team standings, just one stroke behind sixth-place Florida A&M.
DUKE FACES NAVY — Duke’s women’s lacrosse team needed extra time to reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Maddie Acton’s goal lifted the No. 8-ranked Blue Devils over Princeton 10-9 in a double-overtime game Friday night at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md.
That thrilling win earned Duke (13-5) a second-round game with Navy (19-1) on the Mids’ home field at noon today.
Against Princeton, Acton, junior Maddy Morrissey and sophomore Taylor Trimble finished with two goals apiece while sophomore Kerrin Maurer led the squad with four points (one goal, three assists).
The Tigers scored with 2:50 left in regulation and the teams went to sudden-death overtime. Acton’s game-winning goal came with 2:15 left in the second overtime.
“I expected this to be a tight game,” Duke coach Kerstin Kimel said. “Being able to pull it out on such a big stage, I’m really proud of this group. ... I’m thrilled that we get to move on and play another day.”
Navy’s 12-6 win over Monmouth on Friday was the Mids’ first-ever NCAA Tournament victory. Duke is 18-15 all-time in NCAA Tournament play.
N.C. STATE 1, FSU 0 — For the second time in program history, N.C. State is the softball champion of the ACC.
The Wolfpack got a four-hit shutout performance from Emily Weiman and Caitlin Dent’s infield single in the third inning provided the offense as NC State defeated top-seeded Florida State, 1-0, on Saturday at the 2013 ACC Championship at JoAnne Graf Field in Tallahassee, Fla.
The championship is the first for N.C. State (33-18-1) since 2006, when it also defeated Florida State in the title game. The Wolfpack clinch the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championship and will enter the tournament with 12 straight victories, the second longest winning streak in program history.