Luis Paula struck out nine batters over six innings, Alex Raburn hit his first home run and No. 19 North Carolina closed its 13-game homestand Wednesday with a 7-1 nonconference baseball victory over Gardner-Webb.
The Tar Heels (12-4) jumped on Gardner-Webb early. Walks to Wood Myers and Landon Lassiter and a single by Skye Bolt loaded the bases for Korey Dunbar, who smashed a double to give North Carolina a 3-0 lead. One batter later, Parks Jordan singled to score Dunbar, and the Tar Heels never looked back.
Paula's only hiccup came in the second, when the junior right-hander faced a bases-loaded, no-out situation. After a strikeout, Ryan Hodge singled in a run, but Jordan made an accurate throw to Lassiter, who relayed to Dunbar to get Sam Fulginiti at the plate. Paula then got Blair Huggins to pop out for the third out, and he cruised from there. A McLeansville native, Paula allowed just three runners over the next four innings en route to his first win.
The Bulldogs (6-10) were led by Hodges two-hit day.
N.C. State: Brett Austin went 2-for-4 and the fifth-ranked Wolfpack won its sixth straight Tuesday, taking a 6-1 victory at Stetson (5-12). N.C. State (14-2) improved to 14-0 when scoring at least once. The Wolfpacks scoreless streak ended at 24 innings, short of a run of 27 innings compiled by 2013s pitching staff.
Duke: Chelsea Gray, Haley Peters, Tricia Liston and Elizabeth Williams were named to the All-ACC Academic Team. It marks the sixth consecutive year, the Blue Devils led the conference with four selections. Peters joins Allison Vernerey as Dukes only four-time All-ACC Academic Team selections.
N.C. State: Kody Burke was named the ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. To be eligible for consideration for the academic squad, a student-athlete must have a 3.0 GPA for the previous semester and maintained a 3.0 cumulative average during her academic career.
Track and Field
Saint Augustines: Sophomore sprinter Jermaine Jones was named Track Athlete of the Year and senior triple jumper DeJon Wilkinson was chosen Field Athlete of the Year for the Division II mens Atlantic Region indoor track & field awards given by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. George Williams was selected coach of the year.
East Carolina: The Pirates will be represented at the Division I Indoor Championships by junior thrower Kayla Padgett, who will compete Friday in the womens weight throw in Albuquerque, N.M. Padgett will be making her second appearance in the NCAA Championships, her first at the Indoor meet.
North Carolina: The top-ranked Tar Heels (8-0) got goals from 12 players and defeated Elon 20-5 at Fetzer Field. Carly Reed, Sam McGee and Taylor George had three goals each for North Carolina, which has scored 20 or more goals in a school-record four games this season. Elon (3-4) got two goals each from Olivia Fernandez and Anna Vitton.