No. 17 North Carolina fell to Coastal Carolina 13-2 Tuesday afternoon at Springs Brooks Stadium in Conway, S.C.
Austin Kerr allowed one run in four innings for the Chanticleers (11-6), who pounded out 14 hits and broke open a close game with 10 runs in the sixth through eighth innings.
Skye Bolt, Zack Gahagan and Adam Pate had two hits each for the Tar Heels (10-5).
Connor Owings was 2-for-5 with three runs scored for Coastal Carolina. Michael Paez had two hits, including a solo homer run, and drove in three runs.
UNC jumped on Kerr for three hits and a run in the first but didn't score again until the eighth. Gahagan drove Landon Lassiter home with a sharp single off the glove of shortstop Paez, but Kerr escaped further damage when Logan Warmoth flew out to right after Bolt's single.
The Chanticleers took the lead for good thanks to a pair of unearned runs in the third.
After Anthony Marks doubled to lead off the inning, Paez bunted him to third ahead of Connor Owings. Owings grounded back to UNC starter Hunter Williams (0-1), who fired wide of first to allow Marks to score. Three batters later, Williams hit Casey Schroeder and Tyler Chadwick with consecutive pitches to force in a second run and give Coastal Carolina the lead.
Duke 13, Yale 3: The Blue Devils (12-3) exploded for eight runs in the second against the Bulldogs (1-3) to put the game out of reach at Jack Coombs Field. All nine Duke starters scored at least one run, and eight players had RBIs.
Kenny Koplove and Justin Bellinger had three hits each. Cris Perez added a three-run double in the second and a leadoff triple in the seventh. He finished with three RBIs.
Campbell 9, East Carolina 4: Cole Hallum’s grand slam highlighted a six-run sixth inning, and the Camels (14-2) extended their winning streak to 11 games by beating the host Pirates (9-6), who had their eight game home winning streak snapped.
Kyle Leady and Seth LaRue drove in two runs apiece for Campbell. Luke Lowry and Bryce Harman each had three hits to lead ECU.
N.C. Central 3, Gardner-Webb 2 (10): Tre Theissen singled and later scored on a fielder’s choice in the 10th inning as the host Eagles (5-8) overcame three errors to beat the Bulldogs (10-6), whose runs were unearned.
Campbell: Junior outfielder Cole Hallum was named the Big South Player of the Week, and senior right-hander Heath Bowers was named pitcher of the week.
East Carolina: The Pirates’ home game against UNC Greensboro on Wednesday was moved to 3 p.m. because of rain in the forecast.
American Athletic Conference: East Carolina guard B.J. Tyson was a unanimous selection to the all-rookie team, as voted on by the league’s 11 coaches. He led all freshmen in scoring, averaging 12.5 points per game. Cincinnati’s Gary Clark, a Clayton High graduate, also was named to the team.
General Jim Hackler Championship: N.C. State shot a 14-over-par 302 in the tournament’s final round at the Dunes Golf & Beach Club at Myrtle Beach, S.C., to finish second. North Florida, led by individual co-winner Joey Petronio’s 1-under 71, shot 287 to erase a 3-stroke deficit and win by 12 strokes. East Carolina (299) finished in seventh, 27-shots back.
The Wolfpack’s David Cooke was 2-under to finish at even-par in a three-way tie for sixth. ECU’s Wesley Conover (68) tied for 13th at 3-over.
North Carolina: The Tar Heels men fired a 3-under 285 in the final round of the Lamkin San Diego Classic to finish as the runner up, six strokes behind champion Washington. Carolina posted a 4-under 860 total and was led in the final round by sophomore Carter Jenkins who fired a 3-under 69.
St. Augustine’s: The Falcons finished in last place at the CIAA Southern Division championship that concluded at Larkhaven Golf Club in Charlotte.
No. 2 North Carolina 10, Bryant 9: Sophomore Luke Goldstock scored a career-high six goals to lead a second-half charge as UNC (7-0) rallied from 6-2 and 9-8 deficits against the Bulldogs (1-5). Jimmy Bitter had two goals and an assist for the Tar Heels, and Joey Sankey had a goal and two assists.
Meredith: The Avenging Angels (8-2) earned a pair of five-inning shutouts as they defeated Bay Path (1-2) and Cairn (0-3) 8-0 and 17-0, respectively, in the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic at Myrtle Beach, S.C. Brittany Bucklin led Meredith with five combined hits.
N.C. Central 10-1, Norfolk State 2-0: Dominique Wilson, Demiree Briones and Markell Wylie each homered, part of 17 hits for the Eagles in Game 1, and Tiphani Jackson scored the lone run on an error in the fifth inning of Game 2 as N.C. Central (7-5) swept its doubleheader with the Spartans (0-6).
Notre Dame 4, Campbell 3: Rachel Nasland struck out 11 batters and the Fighting Irish (13-9) held off the host Camels (13-8). Sophomore pitcher Katie Baker clubbed her first career home run – a three-run shot – in the fifth inning and two more Campbell flies just missed leaving the park.
USC Upstate 9, North Carolina 4: Taylor Wike had two home runs, but the Tar Heels (15-5) gave up a grand slam and a three-run homer as their 10-game winning streak was snapped by the host Spartans (14-3), who beat UNC for the second straight season.
▪ The Tar Heels’ game against Elon, which was postponed Feb. 25 because of winter weather, was rescheduled for April 14 at 6 p.m. in Chapel Hill.
N.C. State: Following a three-game sweep of previously ranked Notre Dame last weekend, the Wolfpack is ranked 25th in the USA Today coaches poll and the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll. It’s the first time since 2007 N.C. State has been ranked in both polls.
N.C. Central 6, Kutztown 1: The Eagles (2-4) men, led by Kert Kilumets 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 1, dropped one singles match against the host Bears (3-2) and won the rest in straight sets to kickoff a string of four matches in South Carolina this week.
N.C. State 5, Northern Arizona 2: Tayla Stenta clinched the match for the Wolfpack (8-5) women with her 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 5 singles against the host Lumberjacks (4-6).
Women’s Top 25: North Carolina (15-0, 3-0 ACC) remained in the No. 1 spot of the ITA rankings with 83.94 points, 8.84 points ahead of second-ranked Florida. Duke (8-5, 3-0) moved up two spots to No. 21 with 29.1 points.
Track and Field
St. Augustine’s: Omar Johnson was named the Atlantic Region men’s Track Athlete of the Year, David Shaw Jr. was named Field Athlete of the Year and George Williams was named Coach of the Year, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced. The Falcons will compete in the Division II indoor championships this Friday and Saturday at Birmingham, Ala.