Duke, UNC, Virginia, Maryland in NCAA men's lacrosse tournament

Duke, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland men’s squads chosen for tournament

From school releasesMay 6, 2012 

— All four ACC men’s lacrosse programs were among the 16 selected to compete in the NCAA Division I men’s championship, the NCAA announced Sunday.

It’s the sixth consecutive season all of the league’s teams have gotten a bid.

ACC teams finished the regular season with a 35-8 record in nonconference play and were 11-5 against teams ranked in the USILA Coaches Poll.

Duke (13-4), which has reached the semifinals of the tournament the past five seasons, was selected as the No. 3 seed and will host Syracuse (9-7) at Koskinen Stadium at noon on Saturday on ESPN. The game is a rematch from the regular season, which Duke won 12-10 in East Rutherford, N.J.

Fifth-seeded Virginia (11-3) will start its title defense when it hosts Princeton (11-4) on Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN. The Cavaliers will be making their eighth-straight tournament appearance and 35th overall. Virginia holds an all-time tournament record of 47-29 and has won five championships.

North Carolina (11-5) grabbed the No. 8 seed and will play Denver (8-6) at Fetzer Field on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU. This is the 27th tournament appearance for the Tar Heels and the sixth straight. North Carolina has won four national titles and has a 27-22 mark in the tournament.

Maryland (9-5) will travel to Bethlehem, Pa., to play No.   Lehigh (14-2) on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU. The Terrapins will be making their 35th appearance in the tournament and 10th straight, where they are 45-32. Maryland will be looking for its third national championship and first since 1975.

ACC teams have won the past two national championships and 12 overall.

Baseball

N.C. State wins ninth straight: No. 17 N.C. State extended its winning streak to nine games, the longest since 2004, with a 10-7 comeback victory against Cal State Bakersfield in the second game of a home doubleheader at Doak Field at Dail Park.

The Wolfpack (33-12) fell behind 5-1 in the top of the fifth, before rallying to take a 6-5 lead with five runs on a pair of two-RBI doubles in the bottom of the inning.

In the first game, N.C. State outlasted Bakersfield 2-0 behind Ethan Ogburn’s pitching and a two-RBI double by Ryan Mathews.

The Wolfpack saw the lead slip away in the second game as Bakersfield (19-23) tied the game at 7 in the seventh. N.C. State scored three runs in a two-out rally in the eighth to seal the win.

Ryan Mathews, Andrew Ciencin, and John Gianis led the Wolfpack.

Ciencin led the way, going 3-for-4, with four RBIs and one run scored. He also had a game-tying, two-run double.

Mathews drove in the first two runs in the fifth with a double. He was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Gianis started the rally by leading off the inning with a single.

1/3 innings of work, striking out one and holding Bakersfield hitless. Chris Overman (5) got the save by striking out two and surrendering one hit in the ninth.

1/3 innings, striking out a season-high nine batters and shutting out the Roadrunners (19-22) on five hits and one walk.

2/3 innings without allowing a hit. Williams struck out the last batter of the game, and induced an inning-ending, potentially game-saving double play on his first pitch in the eighth with the bases loaded.

Softball

Pirates drop finale at Memphis: East Carolina completed its regular season with a 5-3 loss at Memphis. The Pirates (25-27, 11-12 Conference USA) trailed 5-0 heading into the seventh inning and sent the tying run to the plate, but the Tigers (20-36, 8-16) held on for the victory.

East Carolina junior Kai Clark and sophomore Jasmine Robbins combined for four of the team’s five hits and each scored a run.

Memphis used three RBIs and three hits from Jessica Phillips and two hits and two runs scored by Morgan Mosby to secure the win.

East Carolina freshman Courtney Smith (7-12) took the loss. She threw the first two innings and the final 12/3 innings. She allowed two runs on five hits.

1/3 innings two-and-a-third frames and surrendered three runs on five hits and a walk. She also struck out one.

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