Fanfare: UNC baseball drops Campbell; NCCU tops Blue Hose

May. 06, 2014 @ 10:44 PM

Tar Heel baseball drops visiting Camels

CHAPEL HILL —  Zac Gallen tossed six scoreless innings and North Carolina beat visiting Campbell 5-0 Tuesday night at Boshamer Stadium. Michael Russell and Skye Bolt had three hits each for the Tar Heels, who were in action for the first time in a week after finishing final exams.

Gallen and Trevor Kelley limited the Camels to just six hits as Carolina posted its first shutout win since April 11.

Gallen (5-3) allowed a pair of singles in the top of the first but struck out the side to avoid any damage. The freshman was at his best after that, however, yielding just one hit over the next four innings before getting some help from his battery-mate in the sixth. Campbell (31-16) got the first two batters on but both times Korey Dunbar erased the runner trying to steal second.

After leaving the bases loaded in the first, Carolina (28-19) got on the board with two in the third. Bolt led off the inning with his second hit of the night and moved to third on Russell’s single to left. With Russell taking second on the throw, Campbell starter Bobby Thorson (2-5) intentionally walked Tom Zengel to load the bases with one out. Tyler Ramirez drove in Bolt with a sacrifice fly and Parks Jordan pated Russell with a single through the right side.

Landon Lassiter scored on Zengel’s sac fly in the fifth, and Carolina added a pair in the sixth on RBI hits from Bolt and Russell. Russell, who is now batting .361, now has hits in 19 straight games, the longest for a Tar Heel since Kyle Seager hit safely in 27 in a row in 2008.

Kelley worked the final three innings for his first save, allowing a hit and a walk in the seventh before setting down seven straight Camels to end it.

After committing five errors in a 1-0 loss to East Carolina last Tuesday, UNC played flawless defense behind Gallen and Kelley.

Duke women’s golf sweeps top all-ACC awards

GREENSBORO — For the seventh time in school history, the Duke women’s golf team swept the All-ACC awards as the league office released the postseason accolades Tuesday following a vote of the league’s 12 head coaches.

Blue Devil sophomore Celine Boutier was named the ACC Player of the Year, rookie Yu Liu earned ACC Freshman of the Year and Dan Brooks was selected ACC Coach of the Year.  Duke senior Laetitia Beck also earned All-ACC accolades for the fourth straight season.  Other years the Blue Devils swept the main ACC awards were in 2007, 2006, 2004, 2001, 2000 and 1999.

With Duke receiving three members on the All-ACC team — Beck, Boutier and Liu — it marks the 15th straight year the Blue Devils have registered two or more golfers on the All-ACC squad.  

Also named to the team was UNC sophomore Elizabeth Mallett a first-time honoree.

Romaine, Smith picked for East-West game

GREENSBORO — Catherine Romaine and Jamella Smith of undefeated state 3-A girls’ basketball champion Chapel Hill have been named to the East roster of the all-senior N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game.

East Chapel Hill coach Michelle Wood will coach the East team.

The game will be played July 21 at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Duke’s Bottorff takes top ACC track honor

GREENSBORO — The Atlantic Coast Conference Duke named graduate student Juliet Bottorff Performer of the Week Tuesday following a record-setting performance at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational in Stanford, Calif., over the weekend. The honor is the first of the season for Bottorff.

Bottorff clocked a school-record time of 32:25.69 in section one of the women’s 10,000 Sunday, placing her 14th in a field comprised almost entirely of professional runners.

Duke baseball moves into national rankings

DURHAM The Duke baseball team entered the national rankings this week, garnering the No. 30 spot in the latest Collegiate Baseball Newspaper national poll.

The Blue Devils enter the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s rankings for the first time since the organization began its poll in 1998. Duke owns a 30-18 record this season, reaching the 30-win plateau for the first time since 2009.

Duke has won 13 of its past 15 games, including 10 straight from April 16 to May 4, and sits in fourth in the ACC standings with a 15-9 mark in conference play.

Duke soccer player to join Team Canada

DURHAM — Duke sophomore Rebecca Quinn is one of 21 players heading to Winnipeg, Canada with Canada’s Women’s National Team as it prepares to face the United States Thursday at 8 p.m. at Investors Group Field at the University of Manitoba.

NCCU beats Blue Hose for 1st time

DURHAM — Eric Kimber’s two out, two-run double down the left field line in the bottom of the eighth gave NCCU the cushion it needed to beat Presbyterian for the first time in the program’s modern history.

 Grant Cain went eight innings and struck out a season-high six batters in earning his first win as an Eagle. NCCU was 0-10-1 against PC prior to Tuesday night’s matchup at historic Durham Athletic Park.

Golden State, coach Mark Jackson part ways

OAKLAND, Calif. — Mark Jackson came to the Golden State Warriors talking big and brash. He promised playoff appearances and championships, and he delivered plenty of wins along the way.

Away from the court, though, Jackson never backed down from doing things how he wanted. His inability to mesh with management — and management’s inability to mesh with Jackson — increasingly overshadowed his success — and ultimately cost him his job.

The Warriors fired Jackson after three seasons Tuesday, ending the franchise’s most successful coaching tenure in the past two decades but also one filled with drama and distractions.

Ex-heavyweight champ Ellis dead at 74

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Jimmy Ellis, a heavyweight champion who sparred with an up-and-coming Muhammad Ali and later fought some of the era’s best boxers, died Tuesday. He was 74.

Ellis died at a Louisville hospital, brother Jerry Ellis said. Jimmy Ellis had Alzheimer’s disease in recent years.

Ellis, the son of a preacher who loved singing gospel music, held the WBA heavyweight title from 1968 to 1970. He lost to Joe Frazier in a fight to unify the world heavyweight championship in 1970. In 1971, Ellis was stopped by Ali in the 12th round. He retired in 1975.

Ali remembered his longtime friend as a “master in the ring.”