N.C. State roared back from a two-run deficit with solo shots from Joe Dunand and Brock Deatherage, before Bubby Riley’s ninth-inning RBI single punctuated a 3-2 series-clinching baseball win Saturday at Wake Forest.
The Wolfpack (29-18, 13-12 ACC) managed only six hits to win its eight-consecutive game, after a 21-hit barrage on Friday night. Deatherage provided two of those in a 2-for-3 outing with his first collegiate homer, one run, and one RBI.
Dunand hit the other roundtripper, his sixth of the season in a 1-for-3 outing. Preston Palmeiro scored the game-winning run after a leadoff single to start the ninth. Riley’s two-out RBI up the middle scored him. Ryne Willard contributed the Pack’s only other hit in a 1-for-3 effort with a walk.
Curt Britt took a no decision in the most brilliant pitching performance of his career. Britt worked a career long seven-plus, holding Wake Forest (26-23, 11-15) to two runs, one earned, on five hits and a walk. The junior transfer from South Carolina fanned six, one shy of his career high set March 14 this year at Miami.
Will Gilbert (3-1) scored the win with 12/3 innings of no-hit ball with two strikeouts, his lone blemish a hit batter in the bottom ninth on a pitch bounced in front of the plate. Tommy DeJuneas secured his fifth save of the year by retiring the final batter on a swinging strikeout.
UNC: Host Notre Dame (31-18, 13-12 ACC) completed a doubleheader sweep with a 3-1 victory over No. 20 North Carolina (31-17, 13-11) . The Irish scored twice in the first against UNC starter J.B. Bukauskas and got six shutout innings of relief from Ryan Smoyer to secure the series win. The Irish won the first game 10-5. The Tar Heels will try to avoid a sweep in Sunday’s series finale at 1 p.m.
Duke: Duke rallied for six runs in the final inning to beat host Virginia 9-7.
NCCU: The host Eagles fell 6-5 to N.C. A&T State to keep the Eagles out of the MEAC tournament.
Duke: For the ninth time in school history and the second time over the last three years, the team claimed an NCAA regional championship as the Blue Devils swept both the team and individual titles at the South Bend Regional in Notre Dame, Ind.
The Blue Devils now advance to the NCAA Championship – for the 27th time in school history and the 20th time out of the last 21 years – May 22-27 in Bradenton, Florida.
Freshman Leona Maguire claimed the NCAA South Regional individual title with a four-under-par 212.
The team carded rounds of 288, 289 and 296 for a three-day ledger of nine-over-par, 873 to win by three strokes over Wake Forest (876), which also advanced.
N.C. State: The team is headed to the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship, after claiming third place at the Raleigh Regional.
Campbell: Campbell qualified for the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship in Bradenton, Fla., with a six-over-par 294 and sixth-place at the Raleigh Regional.
North Carolina: The No. 2 team beat Quinnipiac 4-0 in the opening round of the 2015 NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship in Chapel Hill and will fact Dartmouth at 11 p.m. Sunday.
Duke: The 20th-ranked team beat Purdue 4-1 in Athens, Ga., to advance against the winner of seventh-ranked Georgia and Charleston Southern at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Meridith: Meredith’s NCAA Division III Tournament journey ended with a 16-12 loss to Rhodes College in Lancaster, Pa.