Friday's college roundup
UNC slips by Rice
HOUSTON — No. 1 North Carolina claimed a 2-1 win over No. 12 Rice to open the Astros Foundation College Classic Friday.
The pitcher’s duel more than lived up to its billing Friday afternoon as UNC’s Kent Emanuel and Rice’s Austin Kubitza surrendered just one run apiece.
UNC’s Chris McCue (2-0) earned the win out of the bullpen, while sophomore Luis Paula would earned his first career save with a scoreless ninth for the Tar Heels (8-0).
Rice struck first in the bottom of the second inning when clean-up hitter Michael Aquino opened the frame with a shot into the left center field gap for a triple and later scored on a sacrifice bunt by Leon Byrd.
Kubitza kept the Tar Heels off balance and had nine strikeouts on the afternoon before departing with two outs in the seventh inning.
Mike Zolk had opened the inning with a single through the middle before Brian Holberton placed a sacrifice bunt toward first base that Rice failed to field cleanly. A fly ball to center by Parks Jordan moved Zolk to third before Kubitza unleashed a wild pitch to score Zolk and knot the game at 1-1.
In the ninth, Brian Holberton notched his third hit with a single through the right side. Freshman Korey Dunbar was unable to place a sacrifice bunt, as Holberton was cut down at second. Then Chaz Frank lined a double the opposite way, but Dunbar was out at the plate as Frank went to third on the relay throw.
A pitch by Rice reliever Zech Lemond bounced away from catcher Geoff Perrott, and Frank slid under the Lemond’s tag to put UNC ahead.
Luchsinger repeats as ACC champion
GREENSBORO — North Carolina’s Tom Luchsinger successfully defended his title in the 400-yard individual medley and the Tar Heels set a new school record in the 400-yard medley relay as day three of the ACC Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships at the Greensboro Aquatics Center concluded Friday.
Altogether, UNC swimmers set 17 career bests in individual events on the day and moved up a spot in the team standings to rank in third place.
With one day to go, Virginia leads the field with 528 points followed by Virginia Tech with 400, UNC 374, Florida State 353, N.C. State 323.5, Duke 197, Georgia Tech 179.5 and Boston College 93.
The all-freshman UNC 400-yard medley relay team set a school record in the event with an automatic NCAA qualifying time and a fourth-place finish. The Tar Heels went 3:09.78 with the unit consisting of Nic Graesser (46.64), Kurt Wohlrab (53.91), Sam Lewis (46.43) and Logan Heck (42.80).
Five Duke swimmers earned spots in the 100-yard breaststroke finals, with junior Hunter Knight claiming the first All-ACC honors of his career. The strong showing by the breaststroke lane, coupled with points earned by the team’s divers last week on the 3-meter springboard, helped the Duke men move up to sixth.
Wolverines top Duke women’s tennis
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The second-ranked Duke women’s tennis team dropped a hard fought match to No. 13 Michigan 4-3 on Friday at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The Blue Devils fall to 8-2 on the season, including a 4-2 tally against teams ranked in the top-25 of the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings.
In doubles play, the Blue Devils lost the point for only the second time this year.
UNC’s Brooks takes scholar-athlete award
GREENSBORO — North Carolina senior midfielder Amber Brooks has been named the 2012 ACC Women’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year and heads up the sport’s All-ACC Academic Team, as announced Friday by Commissioner John Swofford.
Brooks, a communication studies major with a 3.821 career grade point average, is a two-time Academic All-American and a three-time All-ACC selection. She earned NSCAA All-America Third Team honors after the 2012 season as she was third on the Tar Heels’ NCAA champion squad with 20 points on seven goals and six assists.
Brooks is four-time ACC All-Academic Team selection.
Duke led the way with eight selections, while Florida State followed with seven. Boston College, North Carolina, Virginia, Wake Forest each had four honorees apiece.
Representing Duke are Tara Campbell, Kim DeCesare, Maddy Haller, Erin Koballa, Kaitlyn Kerr, Mollie Pathman, Laura Weinberg and Cassie Pecht.
Joining Brooks from UNC are Adelaide Gay, Kelly McFarlane and Kealia Ohai.
Duke’s Coffman is top fundraiser
DURHAM — Tom Coffman, Duke’s senior associate director of athletics for development, has been named the 2013 Fundraiser of the Year Award for the University Division by The National Association of Athletic Development Directors.
“On behalf of NAADD, I want to congratulate Tom on being named this year’s NAADD Award winner and being a leader in our industry,” said NAADD President Stephen Ponder, senior executive associate AD for external relations at the University of Mississippi. “We look forward to recognizing his accomplishments at the 2013 NAADD Convention.”
Coffman will be honored Friday, June 14 at the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Luncheon, held in conjunction with the 48th NACDA Convention at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando.