College notebook: Honors for UNC's DeShields, ECU softball, NCCU baseball

From News ReleasesApril 8, 2014 

— North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields was honored on Sunday as the U.S. Basketball Writers Association National Freshman of the Year, announced at the Bridgestone Arena.

A Norcross, Ga., product, DeShields led North Carolina to a 27-10 record and an appearance in the NCAA tournament’s Elite Eight. She averaged 18.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.7 steals per game, displaying her talents all season.

DeShields set four ACC freshman records: total points (648), fields goals made (248), field goals attempted (582) and double-figure scoring games (32).

Already named the top freshman nationally by espnW and Full Court, DeShields is the only first-year player listed on the John R. Wooden Award top-15 list in 2014.

Softball

For the second time this season, East Carolina junior Sarah Christian was named the Conference USA Pitcher of the Week.

Christian also received the weekly honor March 10 after two complete-game victories over C-USA preseason favorite Alabama-Birmingham.

A Greenville native, Christian earned a pair of one-hit victories last week, including a five-inning shutout, to lead East Carolina to a three-game sweep of Southern Mississippi. The junior allowed just two hits and two walks in the two outings while striking out 10 and posting a 0.70 ERA.

The Pirates ace has won her past three starts and owns a 14-5 record this season with 12 complete games in 22 starts and a 2.61 ERA.

East Carolina will be back in action Wednesday when it makes the short trip to Raleigh for a nonconference doubleheader at N.C. State. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Dail Softball Stadium.

Soccer

Campbell men’s soccer coach Steve Armas has announced the hiring of Ed Joyce as assistant coach. Joyce joins Armas’ staff after serving the past four years at Georgia State, where he earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America South Atlantic Region assistant coach of the year honors in 2011.

He recruited and coached the first Major League Soccer draftee in Georgia State history, Michael Nwiloh, who was chosen in the fourth round by Chivas USA in the 2014 MLS Super Draft.

Baseball

Senior right-hander Terry McNabb of the N.C. Central baseball program earned Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week honors after his performance on the mound this past weekend.

McNabb pitched a shutout Saturday in Game 2 of the weekend sweep of arch-rival N.C. A&T. He was nearly untouchable. He allowed just three hits and recorded a career-high nine strikeouts as the Eagles earned the twinbill sweep with the 4-0 victory in Game 2, which was his second shutout of N.C. A&T and the first of the year for the maroon and gray.

Over the past two starts, McNabb has been at his best. In 15 2/3 innings, the right-hander has 14 strikeouts and only one walk, along with three earned runs allowed.

The Eagles will get back to action Tuesday against Duke at Jack Coombs Field at 6 p.m.

Track & Field

Senior Roxroy Cato of Saint Augustine’s was named United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division II National Men’s Athlete of the Week after running a world-leading time of 48.67 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles at the Florida Relays over the weekend.

His winning time leads all NCAA divisions by nearly a full second. It ranks fourth all-time on the Division II performers list and equals the fastest time in NCAA Division II Championships history.

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