Duke second, UNC shares fourth in golf regional
TEMPE, ARIZ. — Senior Brinson Paolini fired a two-under 68 to lead Duke to a two-under 278 in the opening round of the NCAA Tempe Regional at the ASU Karsten Golf Course (par 70, 7,036 yards).
The Blue Devils enter today’s second round tied for second and 10 shots off the pace of opening round leader UCLA.
Top-seed UCLA posted a 12-under 268 Thursday to grab the tournament lead. The Bruins pushed their lead late in the round by playing the par 5s (No. 14 & No. 17) at Karsten Golf Course at 10-under as a team. Duke is second and followed by Austin Peay (-1, 279). Georgia, Texas A&M, North Carolina, Clemson and Central Florida are tied for fourth at even-par and followed by Vanderbilt (+3, 283), Arizona State (+4, 284), New Mexico State (+5, 285), Kennesaw State (+8, 288), Arizona (+12, 292) and Lehigh (+21, 301).
The top five teams as well as the top individual after 54 holes of play advance on to the 2013 NCAA Championship at the Capital City Club in Alpharetta, Ga. (May 28 - June 2).
Dustin Korte (Austin Peay) and Pontus Widegren (UCLA) share the individual lead at six-under (64) with Greg Eason (Central Florida) one shot back. Paolini is tied for sixth with 10 other players after shooting a 68 (-2), while senior Adam Sumrall is tied for 17th at one-under.
UNC 3, WISCONSIN 2 — North Carolina opened NCAA play Thursday with a 3-2 victory in eight innings over No. 25 Wisconsin, led by Lori Spingola’s stellar work in the circle and tough defensive play in the field.
Spingola, who tallied her 30th win of the season with today’s victory, fanned eight while giving up just four hits and three walks and only one earned run to help Carolina top the Badgers, who took the win over UNC in an earlier meeting this season.
UNC (40-19) will face the winner of Thursday’s second game, No. 3 host Oregon vs. BYU, today at 5 p.m.
N.C. STATE 5, DUKE 2 — No. 5 N.C. State scored three runs with two outs in the first en route to a 5-2 victory over Duke on Thursday evening at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
The Blue Devils had at least one base runner in all but one inning but went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left nine on base.
N.C. State (40-13, 17-10 ACC) wasted little time putting runs on the board, plating three runs with two outs in the top of the first off Duke starter Robert Huber (5-7). A Tarran Senay two-out single scored the Wolfpack’s first run before Bryan Williams sent a two-run triple to right.
Duke women to face Purdue in Big Ten/ACC Challenge
GREENSBORO — The ACC and Big Ten announced on Thursday the matchups for the 2013 Big Ten/ACC Women’s Basketball Challenge, which includes Purdue traveling to Durham and North Carolina hosting Nebraska on Dec. 5.
This year’s challenge will mark the seventh year of the event that has been extended to 2016.
All 12 Big Ten teams and 12 of the 15 ACC teams will participate in the 2013 Challenge, including Notre Dame and Syracuse, which will join the league on July 1, 2013. Challenge games will be contested in a two-day format beginning Dec. 4.
Georgia Tech and Florida State will host games on the first day, while Notre Dame and Virginia Tech will be on the road. On Dec. 5, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia will host Big Ten foes, and N.C. State, Boston College, Syracuse and Miami visit their inter-conference foes.
A year ago, ACC teams combined for a 7-5 mark against its Big Ten counterparts to win its fifth Challenge title. The ACC owns a 41-27 edge over the Big Ten in the Challenge. The two leagues each earned six wins in 2011 to mark the only tie in Challenge history.