DURHAM — For the first time since 1994, the Duke baseball team swept rival North Carolina in a three-game series as the Blue Devils defeated the Tar Heels 6-4 in the series finale Sunday afternoon.
Duke (17-12, 7-5 ACC) had only five hits, but North Carolina (15-12, 5-7 ACC) issued nine walks and hit three batters.
Grant McCabe led the way with two hits and an RBI, and Andy Perez reached base in all four plate appearances, collecting a hit to go along with three walks.
Mike Rosenfeld reached safely in three of his five plate appearances, and Aaron Cohn added two RBIs.
"We didnt exactly bang it around the ballpark," said coach Chris Pollard, but we did a good job of taking advantage of the fact that we did get some free offense. We used the walks. We used the HBPs. We made our opportunities count. We played good enough defense and pitched good enough to make it hold up. Its a great weekend for our club.
• N.C. Central (9-17-1, 6-5 MEAC) led by four going into the eighth but gave up four runs to fall 9-8 to Alabama State (24-8, 12-1 SWAC).
Senior Duke diver Nick McCrory capped off his collegiate career for the Blue Devils as the first athlete to win four NCAA titles in platform diving. McCrory scored 94.50 points on his final dive as he rallied to take home his fourth championship trophy at the NCAA Division I Mens Swimming and Diving Championship in Austin, Texas.
In fifth place after four dives, the Chapel Hill native scored 76.50 on a back 2 1/2 somersault to inch up one spot to fourth with one dive remaining.
McCrory executed his back 2 1/2 somersault with 2 1/2 twists in the pike position for a 3.6 degree of difficulty almost perfectly. Scoring many 9.0 scores and even a 10, McCroy had made history with his 94.5 points on the final dive to beat Arizonas Rafael Quintero by 2.45 points.
North Carolina (18-3, 5-1 ACC) defeated ninth-ranked Notre Dame 5-2.
• N.C. State (12-7) earned its first ACC win of the season with a 6-1 victory against Georgia Tech.
• The 14th-ranked Blue Devils earned another ACC victory, sweeping Boston College 7-0.
Top-ranked Duke (18-1, 8-1) cruised to a 6-1 victory at Pittsburgh (4-9, 0-9).
• No. 8 North Carolina improved to 8-1 in the ACC with a 7-0 sweep at Syracuse.
• N.C. State dropped a 5-2 decision to No. 28 Georgia Tech.
For the second tournament in a row, third-ranked Duke claimed the team and individual titles at the Bryan National Collegiate, played in Browns Summitt.
Sophomore Celine Boutier carded a 54-hole total of even-par 216 to win by one stroke over Clemsons Ashlan Ramsey (217). The victory was her first collegiate tournament win.
Host North Carolina (18-14, 9-4) dropped a doubleheader to Florida State as the Seminoles took over the top spot in ACC standings.
FSU shut out UNC 6-0 in Game 1, led by Lacy Waldrops dominant showing on the mound and two RBIs apiece from Courtney Senas and Bailey Schinella.
The Tar Heels put up a fight in Game 2 and had a chance to make a comeback with bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, but FSU clinched the second win 5-3.
• Meredith College swept the visiting Methodist Monarchs. A 6-1 win in Game 1, followed by a 9-1 victory leave the Avenging Angels in eighth place in the USA South standings.