Fanfare-Colleges: Duke's Nick McCrory wins NCAA diving title
Duke’s Nick McCrory wins national title
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A national title for Duke’s Nick McCrory highlighted action as ACC teams completed the 2013 NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championship Saturday.
N.C. State led all ACC teams at the championship with 74 points for 15th place. Duke was 17th with 54 points and North Carolina 29th North Carolina with 15.
McCrory, a graduate of East Chapel Hill High School, was victorious in the platform, his third career national title in the event. The junior scored 471.70 in preliminaries to clinch the top qualifying spot, and followed that with 495.90 in the finals to win the title. McCrory finished the week with a national championship and two second-place finishes, and is now a nine-time All-American across the three diving disciplines.
Duke’s Huber shuts out BC for sweep
DURHAM, N.C. – Junior right-hander Robert Huber threw the Blue Devils’ first complete game shutout in nine years to lead the Duke baseball team to a 6-0 win over Boston College in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
With the victory, Duke completes the sweep of Boston College, improving its record to 16-13 (6-6 ACC) on the year.
With nine innings of scoreless pitching, Huber registered the first shutout thrown by a Blue Devil pitcher since Tim Layden tossed a no-hitter against Old Dominion on April 13, 2004. The Plano, Texas, native recorded just one strikeout but only allowed three hits as he was able to get 18 fly outs. He allowed just two runners to reach second base and retired the final 13 batters he faced.
In the opener Saturday, Duke scored three runs in the first inning en route to a 6-4 victory.
No. 1 Tar Heels best Clemson
CHAPEL HILL — Kent Emanuel scattered nine hits over eight innings and Matt Roberts hit his first career home run as No. 1 North Carolina topped Clemson 10-3 Saturday night at Boshamer Stadium.
Cody Stubbs added four hits for the Tar Heels, who improved to 24-1, 8-1 ACC.
Carolina struck early with a four-run first highlighted by a two-run triple by Stubbs. Skye Bolt and Michael Russell added run-scoring singles to give the Tar Heels a 4-0 lead after one.
Clemson (16-10, 5-5 ACC) got its only run of the night off Emanuel via a wild pitch in the third.
Duke’s Curtis Beach wins decathlon
AUSTIN, Texas — Duke redshirt junior Curtis Beach set a new personal record in the pole vault on his way to finishing first in the men’s decathlon this week at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. Beach broke the 8,000 point barrier for the second time in his career earning a point total of 8,011.
ECU drops NCCU 2nd straight day
DURHAM — In the return match of a home-and-home series against East Carolina, N.C. Central (18-11, 8-4 MEAC) grounded into four double plays and left 10 runners on as the Pirates cruised to a 5-1 win Saturday at Durham Athletic Park.
ECU (14-14) also won Friday night’s game in Greenville.
Tar Heel women win 11th straight
BLACKSBURG, VA. — North Carolina won its 11th consecutive women’s lacrosse game on Saturday, beating Virginia Tech 8-11 behind a balanced scoring attack led by Kara Cannizzaro, Jessica Griffin and Abbey Friend.
The 11-game winning streak runs Carolina’s record to 11-1 this season, 4-0 ACC, and matches the second-longest streak in school history.
Blue Devil netters stop Virginia Tech
DURHAM — Just a day after an impressive 4-3 victory over No. 27 Virginia, the seventh-ranked Duke women’s tennis team returned to Ambler Tennis Stadium and overwhelmed 60th-ranked Virginia Tech 4-1 on Saturday.
The Blue Devils improved to 4-0 in ACC play for the fourth consecutive year and the 12th time under head coach Jamie Ashworth.
UNC softball splits twinbill with Virginia Tech
CHAPEL HILL — The North Carolina softball team lost their first home game of the season 7-6 to Virginia Tech Saturday, but bounced back with a 5-1 win in the nightcap of the doubleheader to improve to 25-13, 6-3 ACC.
Duke, UNC in top 12 at golf event
BROWNS SUMMIT — No. 9 ranked North Carolina’s women’s golf team fired a 303 in the second round of the Bryan National Collegiate here Saturday to tie for eighth place at 597.
Virginia led the 17-team field at 2-under-par 574 heading into today’s third and final round. Wake Forest and Florida were tied for sixth at 596 and UNC, N.C. State and South Carolina were tied for eighth at 597. No. 3-ranked Duke was 12th overall at 604.
Duke men’s tennis topples FSU
DURHAM — After dropping the doubles point for just the fourth time this season, the ninth-ranked Duke men’s tennis team responded with six consecutive wins in singles to defeat No. 18 Florida State, 6-1 Saturday at Ambler Tennis Stadium.
The Blue Devils improved to 16-4, 4-1 ACC, while the Seminoles dropped to 14-6, 2-3 ACC.
Duke men's lacrosse drops Harvard on road
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Duke scored four unanswered in the fourth quarter to overcome a two-goal deficit and earn a 12-11 victory over Harvard in non-conference men’s lacrosse action at Harvard Stadium Saturday night. The Blue Devils stretch their win streak to six games with the win.
Ex-Alabama AD dies at Duke Hospital
DURHAM — Former Alabama athletic director Mal Moore, 73, who played and coached under Bear Bryant, hired Nick Saban and presided over a heyday in athletics at his alma mater, died Saturday at Duke Hospital where he’d been hospitalized since March 13 with pulmonary problems.
The folksy, silver-haired Moore was part of 10 football national championship teams as a player, coach or administrator in a career intertwined with three of the Crimson Tide’s most revered coaches — his old bosses, Bryant and Gene Stallings, and Saban, who has won three of the last four national titles.
UCLA hires Steve Alford as new coach
LOS ANGELES — Steve Alford was hired as UCLA basketball coach on Saturday, spurning New Mexico days after he agreed to a new 10-year deal with the Lobos for a chance to run what he called “the premier basketball program in the country.”
Alford agreed to a seven-year deal worth $18.2 million, with an annual salary of $2.6 million and a $200,000 signing bonus.