Tuesday's college roundup
Heels dispatch Davidson
CHAPEL HILL — No. 1 North Carolina won its 11th straight game to open the season on Tuesday with a 10-2 win over Davidson (5-6) at Boshamer Stadium.
The 11-0 start is the best by the Tar Heels since the 2000 squad won its first 21 games of the season.
Senior Cody Stubbs led the UNC at the plate with three RBIs, including a two-run home run in a five-run third inning.
Sophomore second baseman Mike Zolk matched a career high with three hits in the victory, while Stubbs and Skye Bolt chipped in two hits apiece.
Freshman right-hander Trent Thornton improved to 2-0, as he struck out five over 5.2 innings of work. The Wildcats pushed two runs across against Thornton, both of which were unearned.
Duke men ace VCU
DURHAM — Junior Chris Mengel captured a doubles victory and clinched the team win in singles to help the fourth-ranked Duke men’s tennis team sweep No. 28 VCU 7-0 on Tuesday at the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center.
The matchup between the Rams (11-4) and Blue Devils (12-2) originally was scheduled to be played outdoors but was moved inside because of inclement weather.
Duke utilized a quick start in doubles to take the opening point for the 13th time this season. The Blue Devils captured the first win of the afternoon on court three, as the 46th-ranked pair of junior Fred Saba and Mengel defeated VCU’s No. 38 tandem of Alejandro Argente and Jaime Vazquez 8-3.
UNC Orr takes softball award
GREENSBORO — North Carolina senior first baseman Constance Orr and N.C. State sophomore Emily Weiman have been named ACC softball player and pitcher of the week, respectively, the league announced Tuesday.
Orr hit .444 with 11 RBIs as UNC went 5-1 last week, blasting three multiple-run homers including a grand slam against North Dakota. She also hit two-run home runs against East Carolina and Binghamton. Orr tallied multi-hit games three times, and scored three runs against North Dakota.
For the week, Orr posted an on-base percentage of .524 with a slugging percentage of 1.056, scored six runs, walked twice and had four extra-base hits.
Duke’s Ross get ACC honor
DURHAM — Senior Cydney Ross earned ACC performer of the week in the final week of the indoor track and field regular season as announced by the conference Tuesday.
The St. Louis, Mo., native broke two school records and qualified for the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend at the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind.
Ross set a school record in the 800 meter in 2:05.27 to give her the victory in the event and the NCAA qualifying mark. The night before, she ran as a member of Duke women’s distance medley relay team that broke the previous record by more than five seconds, combining for a time of 11:01.50.
The team, consisting of Ross, junior Gabby Levac, sophomore Elizabeth Kerpon and freshman Anima Banks finished fourth and qualified for the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
UNC’s Maksym lacrosse recognition
GREENSBORO — North Carolina senior goalkeeper Lauren Maksym has been named ACC defensive player of the week in women’s lacrosse.
Maksym went the distance and recorded eight saves in UNC’s 11-5 win at No. 17 Penn on Saturday. She stifled the Quakers with six first-half saves, as the Tar Heels built what would be an insurmountable 9-3 halftime lead. She added two ground balls as she improved to 4-1 this season in goal.
With five games played, Maksym leads the league in goals against average (5.14) and is tied for the lead in save percentage (.526).