Zac Gallen pitched into the eighth and had a career-high 12 strikeouts to lead No. 11 North Carolina past Duke 8-1 Friday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium in the ACC opener for both teams.
Skye Bolt had three hits and drove in two runs, and Wood Myers extended his hitting streak to 16 games for the Tar Heels, who have now won their conference lid-lifter in each of the last six seasons.
Gallen (1-1) established a new career high in strikeouts for the second consecutive outing, and he was dominant from the start. The Gibbsboro, N.J. sophomore struck out the side in the first and was already up to 10 strikeouts through four.
Duke (10-2, 0-1 ACC) did not get a runner past second until the eighth, when Jalen Phillips doubled off the chalk in right and eventually scored on a wild pitch.
N.C. State: The team let visiting Clemson escape with a 6-4 win at Doak Field at Dail Park, despite a furious charge led by homers from Jake Armstrong and Preston Palmeiro.
Critical defensive errors undid the Wolfpack (7-4, 0-1 ACC), starting with an unearned run allowed in the top of the first. Cory Wilder (1-3) kept the Pack in it with a career-high eight strikeouts, but miscues in the seventh inning powered the Tigers (8-4, 1-0) to a five-run rally that sparked the win.
Duke: Senior Elizabeth Williams was awarded the Kay Yow Award as the ACC Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year. The award was made prior to the Blue Devils’ contest against Syracuse in the ACC Tournament in Greensboro.
Williams became just the second Blue Devil to receive the Kay Yow Award as Jasmine Thomas was presented the honor in both 2010 and 2011.
Williams is averaging 14.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.9 blocks and 1.6 steals for the Blue Devils.
N.C. State: Ashley Williams was named to the ACC All-Academic Team for the 2014-15 season, the league office announced.
Duke: Freshman Kyra Harney turned in the second hat trick of her career and registered a career-high three assists to help the fifth-ranked Blue Devils outlast Virginia Tech, 15-10, in ACC action at Koskinen Stadium. Duke improved to 2-0 in conference play and 7-0 on the spring for the program’s best start since 2006.
UNC: The No. 19 men edged No. 31 N.C. State 4-3at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. In the loss, the Pack won three points in straight sets and picked up two wins over ranked opponents, but eventually fell to the in-state rival.