College notebook: Duke's Van Orden earns ACC pitching honors

From News ReleasesApril 14, 2014 

— Duke senior Drew Van Orden earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors after leading the Blue Devils past N.C. State on Friday.

Van Orden shut down the Wolfpack for eight innings and struck out 11 to key the Blue Devils to a 2-0 victory in the series opener. After the Blue Devils grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second, Van Orden retired 15 of the next 17 batters. A 6-foot-3 right-hander, he yielded just one hit over his final five innings and did not permit a runner after the fifth.

Georgia Tech freshman shortstop Connor Justus earned the ACC’s weekly award for position players.

• Duke sophomore James Marvel will miss the remainder of the season because of a right elbow injury. He will have Tommy John surgery May 7.

Campbell: Heath Bowers was named Big South Player of the Week and one of Collegiate Baseball’s National Players of the Week after striking out a career-best 13 Friday against UNC Asheville.

Men’s Basketball

East Carolina: Freshman Brandan Stith has been granted his release and will transfer to Old Dominion, coach Jeff Lebo announced. Stith’s father, Bryant, is an assistant at Old Dominion.

N.C. Central: The Durham Bulls will recognize the Eagles during a pregame ceremony Thursday for their season, which included the program’s first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament championship and their first appearance in the NCAA tournament. Coach LeVelle Moton will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Track and Field

Saint Augustine’s: The men’s and women’s teams, led by coach George Williams, will receive a proclamation from Mayor Nancy McFarlane and the Raleigh City Council for success at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Raleigh Municipal Building.

The proclamation will take place inside the Council Chamber in Room 201. The Raleigh Municipal Building is at 222 West Hargett Street. Click here to watch the event on livesteam or go to raleighnc.gov.

Williams has guided the Falcons’ 34 NCAA Division II national championships, including the 2014 men’s indoor title. He has captured more than 100 coach of the year honors.

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