Friday's college roundup
DUKE 4, COASTAL CAROLINA — Senior Henrique Cunha captured impressive wins in doubles and singles, as the ninth-ranked Duke men’s tennis team downed Coastal Carolina 4-0 on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Team Championships at Ambler Tennis Stadium.
Duke (23-5) moves on to face UNC Wilmington in the second round today at noon, a time change because of the threat of inclement weather.
The Blue Devils opened the match by winning the doubles point for the 22nd time this season with wins on courts one and two. Cunha and sophomore Raphael Hemmeler captured the first match of the day at the No. 1 position with an 8-4 win over Garik Yedigarian and Matias Di Pasquale.
Moments later, junior Fred Saba and freshman Bruno Semenzato sealed the opening point with an 8-4 win on court two over Coastal Carolina’s John Karle and Leo Christofides. The duo used an early break to jump out to a 3-0 advantage and cruised from there.
UNC 4, S.C. STATE 0 — No. 2 North Carolina advanced to the second round of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship for the 13th consecutive season with a 4-0 victory over S.C. State on Friday at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.
Whitney Kay, Zoe De Bruycker and Tessa Lyons were singles winners for the Tar Heels, who will face Tennessee today at 11 a.m. for a spot in the round of 16.
UNC (26-3) dropped just six games in a dominant doubles point to take the early lead. No. 58 Kay and Caroline Price were 8-4 winners on court one before Lyons and Gina Suarez-Malaguti finished their 8-0 victory on court three. Lauren McHale and Laura Slater led 7-2 on court two when the point was halted.
UNC will face SEC at-large selection Tennessee (13-11), which defeated Atlantic-10 champion VCU 4-0 in Friday’s first match.
GA. TECH 5, UNC 4 — Georgia Tech’s Mott Hyde hit a walk off solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday night to down No. 1 North Carolina 5-4 in Atlanta.
The Tar Heels (44-5, 19-4 ACC) let an early 3-0 lead slip away as the Yellow Jackets (31-19, 13-12 ACC) used a four-run third inning to take the lead.
Colin Moran hit his 13th home run of the year, a solo shot to dead center in the fifth inning to push things back level at 4-4.
That is the way the score would remain until Hyde hit his second home run of the year in the bottom of the ninth against Tar Heel starter Kent Emanuel.
The loss was the second of the year for Emanuel, as Palka improved to 1-0 with the relief win.
VIRIGNIA 6, DUKE 5 — Trailing 5-3 heading to the bottom of the ninth, Virginia rallied for three runs to defeat the Duke baseball team Friday at Davenport Field.
The Cavaliers doubled their hit total with five in the final frame, capped by a Nate Irving walk-off single to clinch the victory.
Sophomore Andrew Istler (3-5) came on in the ninth and retired the first batter he faced before Brandon Downes tripled off the wall in left and ultimately scored on a wild pitch.
After a 55-minute weather delay, Virginia got base hits from Nick Howard and Reed Gragnani to tie the game at 5-5. Duke (25-24, 9-16 ACC) intentionally walked Kenny Towns to load the bases, but Irving delivered the game-winning RBI on a base hit through the right side.
Duke took a 4-2 lead in the fourth on a Kenny Koplove two-run shot, his first career home run in a Blue Devil uniform.
ACC softball tournament
FSU 3, UNC 0 — Lacey Waldrop threw a two-hit shutout and Maddie O’Brien provided enough offense to lead top-seeded Florida State over fourth-seeded North Carolina 3-0 on Friday afternoon in the semifinals of the ACC Championship at JoAnne Graf Field.
Waldrop (22-7), who limited a UNC offense that entered the game hitting .307, finished with five strikeouts and one walk to lower her league-leading earned run average to 1.43.
With the victory, Florida State (41-15) advances to the ACC Championship for the 17th time in program history and the fourth time in the last five years and will face N.C. State, which beat Virginia Tech 3-1 on Friday.
UNC’s Lori Spingola (29-13) gave up three runs on four hits with eight strikeouts in her 29th complete game of the year in the loss.
DUKE SECOND — Led by a 3-under 69 by junior Alejandra Cangrejo, the top-seeded and third-ranked Duke women’s golf team turned in the second-best round of the day at the Central Regional and enters the final round in second place at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla.
As a team, Duke fired a 3-over 291 on Friday and has a 36-hole total of 575. The Blue Devils are only six shots off the lead of host Oklahoma (569), followed by Florida (589), Arizona State (590), Coastal Carolina (590), Texas Tech (591), UC Davis (591), Mississippi State (591), Michigan State (592) and N.C. State (592).
The top eight teams after Saturday’s third round will advance to the NCAA Championship in Athens, Ga., on May 21-24.
Cangrejo registered seven birdies and matched her career-best round. She enters the final round tied for third overall and four shots off the individual lead with a two-day total of 141. Oklahoma’s Emily Collins has a 7-under 137 to hold the lead, followed by Ally McDonald of Mississippi State (138).
UNC SIXTH — North Carolina’s 11th-ranked women’s golf team fired a 4-over 292 in the second round of the East Regional and is in sixth place heading into today’s final round.
Freshman Elizabeth Mallett fired a 2-under 70, while junior Jackie Chang shot an even par 72 to stand alone in sixth place with a 4-under 140 through two rounds. Mallett is tied for 17th place at even-par 144.
Top-seed Alabama fired an 11-under 277 for the second consecutive day and leads the field of 24 teams with a 22-under 554 total. Tulane shot a 3-under 285 and is in second place at 8-under 568. Arkansas and Oklahoma State are tied for third (1-over 577), while Texas is fifth (580) and UNC is at 6-over 582.
Stephanie Meadow of Alabama fired a 6-under 66 in the second round to grab the individual lead with a 10-under 134 total.
MABE TOPS NCCU — N.C. Central junior Glendon Mabe carded birdies on three of his final four holes to shoot 2-over 74 during the first round of the 27th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship on Friday at The PGA Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Mabe posted the low score for the Eagles, who recorded a 312 team score for a seventh-place position heading into today’s second round.
Spencer Jones and Durham’s Andre Jones each tallied a score of 79, while freshmen Garreth Carpenter and Michael Wilson were at 80 and 81, respectively.