GREENSBORO — North Carolina’s Reilly Hovis and N.C. State’s Carlos Rodon earned ACC Co-Pitcher of the Week honors.
North Carolina’s Hovis allowed just one hit over 5 innings on the week, registering three saves and a win as the Tar Heels beat No. 30 Liberty and swept its ACC series against Virginia Tech. Hovis struck out seven batters in five innings and has a league-leading 11.60 strikeouts per nine innings. Hovis now ranks fourth in the league in ERA in all games at 1.71.
N.C. State’s Rodon struck out 15 batters in a 1-0 loss to Georgia Tech. The junior left-hander struck out 10 of the first 11 batters he faced, and did not allow a ball in play for the first three innings. Rodon went the distance, holding Tech to one earned run on six hits and two walks. He now ranks fourth in ACC history with 413 strikeouts and is tied for first this year with 94 strikeouts. The first Wolfpack pitcher to reach the 400-strikeout mark for a career, Rodon eclipsed the 12-strikeout mark for the third game this season.
• N.C. Central freshman Carlos Ortiz is Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week for the second time this season.
Ortiz batted 7-for-15 (.467) in four games. The outfielder hit three home runs on the weekend, two of which came in a come-from-behind 15-11 win to clinch the series on Sunday.
Wake Forest coach Danny Manning announced Ryan Horn has joined the Deacon staff as the program’s Director of Athletic Performance.
Horn comes to the Deacons following three seasons at the University of Tulsa where he helped the Golden Hurricane win the 2013-14 Conference USA regular season and tournament championships – the program’s first league title since 2003.
For the fourth time this season, Elon women’s goalie Rachel Ramirez has been selected as the Atlantic Sun Defensive Player of the Week. She is the only player in the conference to receive a weekly honor more than twice this season.
Ramirez registered a 43.9 save percentage last week, going 1-1 between the pipes and helping Elon clinch the No. 2 seed in the A-Sun Championship its first season of play. The freshman recorded 18 saves in the two games, including eight saves on 14 shots on goal in an 18-6 win at Stetson on Friday.
• In just its second year of sponsoring men’s lacrosse, Mount Olive (13-3) claimed its first national ranking, coming in at No. 15 in the USILA Division II Top 15 Men’s Lacrosse Poll.
Elon junior pitcher Caitlin O’Shea was named the Southern Conference Pitcher of the Week.
O’Shea played a part in each of the Phoenix’s three wins last week, allowing only one earned up in 13.0 innings (0.54 ERA) while posting a 2-0 record along with a save.
Former national champion and Olympic team member Cary Kolat has been named head coach at Campbell. Kolat joins the Fighting Camel staff after serving since 2010 as associate head coach at the University of North Carolina.