N.C. State baseball clinched its place in ACC Tournament pool play with a 3-2 upset of No. 2 Louisville on Friday night at Doak Field at Dail Park.
The Wolfpack (31-19, 15-13 ACC) broke through in the third on a two-RBI triple by Logan Ratledge, sent off the top of the left field wall to score Bubby Riley and Jake Fincher. State improves to 21-0 when leading after three innings.
Dunand and Riley finished with the Wolfpack’s only multi-hit efforts, both going 2-for-4 with Riley scoring once.
Freshman starter Brian Brown (6-3) preserved that lead and captured the win with 51/3 of shutout ball with two hits and four walks allowed, punching out seven, two shy of tying his career high.
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Wake Forest: The team fell 7-0 to host Duke after the Blue Devils put up five runs in the third inning.
Cris Perez had the big hit for Duke, a bases-loaded double that scored three runs in the third inning.
The Deacons still have a shot at the final spot in the ACC Championship, sitting a half game behind Virginia Tech and a full game behind Georgia Tech but hold the tie breaker with both teams.
Track and Field
Saint Augustine’s junior Omar Johnson was named Division II Atlantic Region Men’s Track Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Johnson is the top-ranked 400-meter sprinter heading into the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which will be held in Allendale, Mich., on May 21-23. His time of 45.78 seconds leads all Division II 400-meter sprinters by more than half of a second.
N.C. State: The team won 12-5 against Fordham to advance into the winner’s bracket of the NCAA Harrisonburg (Va.) Regional at 2 p.m. Saturday against the the winner James Madison-Binghamton.
The Wolfpack improves to 36-20 on the year and has now won 10 of its last 11 games, while the Rams fall to 36-19. The win marks the third consecutive year that State has won its first game of an NCAA Regional to move into the winner’s bracket.
UNC: Sophomore Jessica Washington and the university have mutually agreed to part ways. Washington played two seasons with the Tar Heels.
UNC: The team shot a 1-over-par 289 and is tied for sixth after day two of the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional. The Tar Heels had moved as high as third place in the middle of the round but dropped three shots over the final three holes.
Stanford fired a 13-under 275 to take the lead over Charlotte.
The Tar Heels were led by freshman Ben Griffin, who posted a 2-under 70 despite a triple bogey on the 18th hole. Griffin was even through the first 11 holes, but birdied the 12th, eagled the par-5 13th, birdied the 14th and 17th before the triple at the 18th which put him tied for 32nd.
First round leader William Register shot a 4-over-par 76 for a two-day total of 142 and is in 11th place heading into Saturday’s final round.
Wake Forest: The team remains in 10th place at the Chapel Hill Regional after two rounds. Freshman Will Zalatoris is tied for sixth with one round to play.
N.C. State: After a second-round 277 (-3) which ranks as the Wolfpack’s fourth best mark of the 2014-15 season, the team improved from sixth to second at the NCAA New Haven (Yale) Regional.
David Cooke (-3 on Friday), Carter Page (-2 on Friday), and James Chapman (E on Friday) each had very strong rounds to pace the Pack on a day when the team bested its Thursday score by 12 strokes. Each of these three Wolfpackers ranks within the top 12 of the tournament field.
Duke: Senior Turner Southey-Gordon fired a three-under 68to lead the Duke men's golf team to a two-under 282 in the second round of the NCAA Lubbock Regional. The Blue Devils are third overall with a 10-under 558.
Wake Forest: The team remains in 10th place at the Chapel Hill Regional after two rounds. Freshman Will Zalatoris is tied for sixth.
ECU: The team remains in 10th-place at 23-over-par 599 (306-293) through two rounds of the Noblesville (Ind.) Regional.
The Pirates trimmed their first round score by 13 strokes, shooting 5-over-par 293, which was tied for the fourth-lowest round of the day. ECU fell to 14 strokes behind UNLV for the final of five advancing spots to the NCAA Championship finals. SMU leads the field with a two-day score of 3-under-par 573 (285-288).
Shaw: Athletic training majors Ronald Davis and Americus Williams will begin internships later this month with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and New York Giants, respectively.