College Notebook

Home runs propel Pack, Heels for wins at ACC softball tourney

News ServicesMay 10, 2013 

— N.C. State sophomore shortstop Renada Davis hit two home runs and Emily Weiman threw her seventh shutout of the season as the second-seeded Wolfpack topped No. 7 Virginia 7-0 on Thursday in the opening round of the ACC softball championship.

Davis went 3-3 and tied a championship record with five RBIs, which came on her two-run homer in the fifth inning and a three-run shot the next inning. Scout Albertson gave N.C. State a 1-0 lead in the first inning with a sacrifice fly. Hanna Sommer had the Wolfpack’s other RBI.

Weiman allowed three hits and had three walks for N.C. State, which will face Virginia Tech at 1 p.m. Friday in the semifinals.

No. 4 North Carolina 6, Georgia Tech 2: Haleigh Dickey hit two home runs and Lori Spingola held the Yellow Jacket offense to five hits as the Tar Heels advanced at the ACC championship.

The win propels the Tar Heels into the semifinals where they will face top-seeded host Florida State Friday at 3:30 p.m.

North Carolina got on the board early. Jenna Kelly drove in Dickey in the first inning, followed by a RBI double from Kristen Brown and a two-RBI single from Amber Parrish in the second. A solo shot by Dickey in the fourth inning pushed it to 5-0.

Georgia Tech scored twice in the fifth inning to get within 5-2.

Dickey hit her second solo in the sixth inning to extend the lead to 6-2.

Spingola had six strikeouts and allowed two runs in her 28th complete game of the season.

No. 6 Virginia Tech 8, No. 3 Maryland 5: Six Hokies drove in runs and Maggie Tyler shut the door in relief to power sixth-seeded Virginia Tech over No. 3 seeded Maryland in the quarterfinals of the ACC championship.

Courtney Liddle had three walks and scored twice while Kylie McGoldrick drove in three runs on two hits to lead the Hokies, who jumped out to a 4-0 lead, scoring a run in the first inning and three in the third.

Maryland’s Lindsey Schmeiser tied the game with one swing in the bottom of the third, clearing the left field wall for her first career grand slam.

Virginia Tech scored four times in the top of the fourth inning to take an 8-4 lead.

No. 1 Florida State 6, No. 8 Boston College 0: Lacey Waldrop and Monica Perry combined for 13 strikeouts and the Seminoles plated five early runs to down the Eagles in the quarterfinals of the ACC championship.

Florida State got on the board with three runs in the first inning and two in the second inning.

Campbell 4, Gardner-Webb 3: A pair of homers Shaela Churchill and Courtney Klingler aided the Camels in their first game of the Big South Championship at Terry Field in Rock Hill, S.C.

The Bulldogs mounted a comeback with two runs in the seventh as Samantha Meenaghan and Kellie Beres registered RBI singles before second baseman Churchill showed her range by catching a blooper in shallow right for the final out.

Campbell moves on to play No. 6 Liberty, which upset third seeded Longwood 5-3, Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Freshman pitcher Courtney Roberts picked up her 19th victory of the season by fanning four during seven innings.

Women’s golf

NCAA East regional: North Carolina fired a 2-over-par 290 in the first round at Auburn, Ala. and is tied for sixth place.

Junior Jackie Chang led the way for the Tar Heels. She is one stroke off the lead after shooting a 4-under 68. Casey Grice was just one shot back at 2-under 70.

Top-seed Alabama was 11-under and leads the field of 24 teams. Arkansas and Tulane are six strokes back in a tie for second place at 5-under 283. UCLA is alone in fourth place at even par. Texas is fifth at 1-over and UNC and Oklahoma State are tied for sixth.

Arkansas’s Emma Lavy, Tennessee’s Erica Popson and Alabama’s Emma Talley are tied for first at 5-under.

The top eight teams and top two individuals not on those eight teams after 54 holes will advance on to the NCAA championships May 21-24 at Athens, Ga.

The Tar Heels are scheduled to tee off Friday at 1:56 p.m.

Central regional: Top-seeded Duke shot a 4-under 284, and sits only two shots off the lead with 36 holes remaining at Norman, Okla. N.C. State is tied for 12th at 6-over, 12 shots off the pace. Campbell is 13-over.

Florida holds the team lead a 6-under. Oklahoma is a shot back in second.

The Wolfpack, at 6-over 294, is just four shots out of fourth place in a crowded leader board that features 11 clubs within four shots of each other.

Oklahoma’s Emily Collins, playing on her home course, leads all individuals at 5-under (67).

Duke senior Lindy Duncan turned in a 3-under and is tied for third.

Vivian Tsui led the charge for the Wolfpack with a 1-under 71. She is tied for 13th thanks in part to three front-nine birdies.

Campbell’s Teresa Urquizu shot 74 to lead the Camels.

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