FANFARE: Duke baseball sweeps Hokies

Apr. 20, 2014 @ 10:16 PM

Matuella leads Duke to sweep over Hokies

BLACKSBURG, Va. –Duke sophomore Michael Matuella shut out Virginia Tech for 8 2/3 innings to lead the Blue Devils to a 2-0 baseball win over the Hokies Sunday at English Field.

The win gives Duke (24-17, 12-9 in ACC) its third ACC sweep of the season and first on the road.

Matuella (1-1) scattered four hits and struck out seven in the longest outing of his young career. Senior Robert Huber came on for the final out, getting the Hokies’ Kyle Wernikci to pop out to short for his seventh save on the year.

Senior David Perkins and redshirt junior Aaron Cohn provided the offense for the Blue Devils with Perkins notching a sacrifice fly in the second and Cohn laying down a sacrifice bunt on a squeeze play in the sixth.

UNC salvages win at No. 1 UVa

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. --- Michael Russell hit a two-run homer in the fifth to give North Carolina its first lead of the series, and Zac Gallen and Reilly Hovis made it hold up as the Tar Heels beat No. 1 Virginia 4-2 Sunday at Davenport Field.

Gallen rebounded from a rocky start to go 5.1 innings before Hovis retired the final 11 Cavalier hitters to give UNC (23-17, 10-11 in ACC) its first win over a top-ranked team since a sweep of Virginia in 2011.

UNC women earn No. 1 seed for ACC tennis

CARY -- North Carolina holds the top seed for the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Tennis Championship, which begins on Wednesday at Cary Tennis Park.

The Tar Heels (23-4, 12-2 ACC) will take on the winner of No. 8 Florida State (14-11, 6-8) and No. 9 Syracuse (5-14, 5-9) in quarterfinal action. North Carolina shoots for its seventh ACC championship and first since 2011.

Wednesday’s first-round action will begin with No. 12 Maryland (8-12, 4-10) playing No. 13 Wake Forest (11-12, 3-11), No. 10 Boston College (13-9, 5-9) squaring off against No. 15 Pitt (4-14, 0-14) and No. 11 Virginia Tech (12-12, 4-10) taking on No. 14 NC State (8-13, 2-12).

No. 5 Duke (21-3, 11-3) will take on the winner of Maryland/Wake Forest, while No. 6 Georgia Tech (12-8, 9-5) will take on the winner of Virginia Tech/NC State. No. 7 Notre Dame (15-8, 8-6), competing in its first ACC Championship, will face the winner of Boston College/Pitt.

Teams that received double-byes to Friday’s quarterfinals along with North Carolina include No. 2 Miami (18-4, 12-2), No. 3 Virginia (18-5, 12-2) and No. 4 Clemson (20-5, 12-2).

Action in the 2014 ACC Women’s Tennis Championship will start on Wednesday at 9 a.m. and conclude Sunday at 11 a.m. with the championship match.

Virginia men earn to seed for ACC tennis

CARY -- Virginia holds the top seed for the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Tennis Championship, which begins on Thursday at Cary Tennis Park.

The Cavaliers (20-2, 11-0 ACC) will play on Friday morning after receiving a bye to the quarterfinals, taking on the winner of No. 8 Florida State (17-10, 5-6) versus No. 9 Miami (14-10. 4-7). Virginia enters the Championship having won the last seven championships and nine of the previous 10.

Along with Florida State and Miami, other first round matchups include No. 5 Clemson (19-7, 6-5) taking on No. 12 Boston College (4-15, 0-11), No. 7 Virginia Tech (13-10, 5-6) playing No. 10 Wake Forest (14-12, 3-8) and No. 6 NC State (16-8, 5-6) squaring off against No. 11 Georgia Tech (7-14, 1-10).

In addition to Virginia, teams that received first-round byes include No. 2 Duke (18-5, 10-1), No. 3 North Carolina (22-4, 9-2) and No. 4 Notre Dame (18-8, 7-4).

Action in the 2014 ACC Men’s Tennis Championship starts Thursday at 9 a.m. and concludes Sunday at 11 a.m. with the championship match.

Duke fifth at Wolfpack Open

RALEIGH -- The Duke men's golf team shot an 11-over 299 Sunday to finish fifth at the rain-shortened Wolfpack Spring Open at N.C. State's Lonnie Poole Golf Course. Junior Turner Southey-Gordon paced the Blue Devils with an even-par 72 to tie for fourth overall.