Tuesday's college roundup
NCCU 5, CAMPBELL 1 — N.C. Central ended the third longest road winning streak in the nation with a 5-1 victory over Campbell on Tuesday.
The Eagles (23-17) have won two in a row against Campbell after losing the first 14 games between the programs.
NCCU, now 19-9 at home, got a double by Troy Morrow in the sixth inning to tie Kurt Wilson (2007-10) for the program record in the modern era with 24.
The Eagles posted a pair of runs in the bottom of the first, and Ruben Rios (3-0) picked up the win on the mound.
UNC 5, COASTAL 1 — Chaz Frank broke up a no-hitter in the sixth inning Wednesday with a game-tying RBI triple, as North Carolina scored five unanswered runs in a 5-1 win over Coastal Carolina.
The top-ranked Tar Heels (35-2) scored a pair of runs in the sixth inning and three more in the seventh inning en route to their 10th consecutive win.
No. 26 Coastal Carolina (24-13) took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning when Jacob May connected on a solo home run to open the inning.
The solo blast was the lone blemish on the line of starter Chris Munnelly (4-0), as the senior struck out six in 6.1 innings of work.
The Tar Heels will carry their streak into Wednesday’s contest against Elon, as freshman Reilly Hoviswill will take the mound for UNC in the 6 p.m. contest at Boshamer Stadium.
DUKE 12, N.C. A&T 2 — The Duke baseball team overpowered N.C. A&T 12-2 in non-conference action Tuesday at Jack Coombs Field. The Blue Devils totaled 14 hits and took advantage of 10 walks and four hit batters by the Aggie pitching staff.
Duke did most of the damage in the third and fourth innings, scoring a combined 11 runs in the two frames. Five Blue Devils registered two or more hits on the night, led by senior Jeff Kremer’s fourth three-hit game of the season.
Freshman Michael Matuella (4-2) allowed two runs, one earned, over 5.2 innings to pick up his fourth victory of the season. The Great Falls, Va., native walked two and scattered four hits against the Aggies.
UNC women’s basketball gives out awards
CHAPEL HILL — The UNC women’s basketball team honored its three seniors at Tuesday night’s team banquet. Krista Gross was named “Overall Champion,” while Tierra Ruffin-Pratt was selected as the best offensive player and Waltiea Rolle was selected as the best defensive player.
Rolle was picked No. 36 overall by Minnesota in Monday’s WNBA draft, while Coach Sylvia Hatchell said that Ruffin-Pratt was invited to training camp by Washington.
UNC’s Moran gets national honor
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — North Carolina junior Colin Moran has been named the national player of the week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
Wichita State junior right-handed pitcher Cale Elam was named pitcher of the week.
Moran registered an RBI in all five of UNC’s games and at least three RBIs in four of those contests. The third baseman batted an even .500 (12-for-24), including a pair of doubles and two home runs to add to his team lead of nine homers.
Moran became the first player in the country with 50 runs scored and 50 RBIs and leads the nation with 51 runs scored after scoring 11 times this past week, including a career-high five times in Saturday’s 9-8 win at Virginia Tech.
The 16-RBI week for Moran gave him 56 for the season and moved him to within four of the national lead of 60. In addition to the 12 hits on the week, Moran drew four walks and did not strike out in 29 at-bats.
Duke’s Tripucka, UNC’s Burke honored
GREENSBORO — Duke senior midfielder Jake Tripucka and North Carolina freshman goalkeeper Kieran Burke have been named ACC men’s lacrosse offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively, as announced Tuesday.
Tripucka tallied a career-high seven points to help lead the No. 7 Blue Devils to a 19-16 victory over Virginia. Tripucka tied his career-high three goals and added a career-best four assists, with one goal and three assists coming in Duke’s fourth-quarter rally, to earn his first career ACC weekly accolade.
Burke saved more than 70 percent of the shots against him for the second straight game to lead UNC to a 14-5 win at No. 20 Hofstra. After the Pride scored with 4:38 left in the first to go up 5-3, Burke made saves on the next eight shots on goal as the Tar Heels ran off 11 straight scores to pull away for the win.
UCLA’s Muhammad enters NBA draft
LOS ANGELES — Shabazz Muhammad is one-and-done at UCLA.
The Pac-12 co-freshman of the year on Tuesday announced the news that had been expected since he arrived in Westwood: he’s leaving to enter the NBA draft.
Muhammad was the Bruins’ leading scorer with 17.9 points per game. The 6-6 guard from Las Vegas was named to the all-league first team and helped UCLA to a 25-10 record, the Pac-12 regular-season title and a runner-up finish in the league tournament. The Bruins lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Irving apologizes for skipping fan event
CLEVELAND — Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie Irving apologized for skipping a postgame ceremony for fans following Cleveland’s final home game on Monday against Miami.
Irving was stripped of the ball by Norris Cole in the closing seconds of the 96-95 loss to the Heat, who rested LeBron James and most of their stars. Irving immediately ran off the floor and to the locker room instead of participating in a jersey giveaway on “Fan Appreciation Night.” All the Cavs players handed out their game-worn jerseys and sneakers.
Irving, the league’s reigning Rookie of the Year, posted an apology on his Twitter account for missing the event.
“I want to personally apologize to all the Cavs fans for my actions yesterday,” Irving wrote. “It was truly unfair to you guys. I’m very appreciative for all of you guys. Your love and passion for the organization and city is what pushes me to be great.”