North Carolina rallies to beat NC State 8-7
No. 3 seed North Carolina scored four runs in the first and fifth innings as the Tar Heels rallied for an 8-7 win over No. 7 seed N.C. State in the second semifinal of the 2017 ACC Softball Championship at North Carolina’s Anderson Stadium on Friday.
The Tar Heels will meet No. 1 seed Florida State in the championship game at 2 p.m. on Saturday, which will be carried live on ESPN.
Shortstop Taylor Wike went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, while designated player Kendra Lynch registered the Tar Heels’ three-run home run in the first inning, and was credited with the win as she came in the fifth inning and halted the Wolfpack’s scoring run by retiring three straight batters to end the inning.
The Tar Heels didn’t waste any time scoring four in the bottom of the first inning. The Wolfpack went 2-for-14 at the plate through the first four innings before a five-run fifth inning. Carolina took the lead right back, 8-5, with a four-run fifth inning. N.C. State threatened in the top of the seventh inning and came within a run.
The two teams combined for 22 hits.
Campbell: Due to inclement weather in the area, the team’s second game at the 2017 Big South Championships has been delayed until Saturday at 11 a.m. Winthrop leads the Camels 11-5 through four innings of play in the contest, one that was delayed twice since the start of the day.
N.C. State: Redshirt senior Johnny Piedmonte threw 7 2/3 shutout innings with a career-high eight strikeouts to lead the Wolfpack to a 7-4 win against Pittsburgh in the series opener Friday night at Charles L. Cost Field. The team moves to 29-21 overall and 12-13 in ACC play. The Pack and Pittsburgh return to the field for game two of the series at 6 p.m. Saturday.
ECU: The Pirates scored nine runs in the sixth inning and cruised to an 11-4 American Athletic Conference series opening win over Memphis Friday night at Clark-LeClair Stadium. With the win the Pirates improve to 26-24 overall and 5-14 in league play, while the Tigers fall to 26-24 and 6-13. The three-game weekend series will continue Saturday with a 4 p.m. scheduled first pitch.
Duke: Sophomore center fielder Kennie Taylor’s two-run homer in the seventh lifted the Blue Devils to a 7-5 come-from-behind victory over Georgia Tech in the series opener Friday at Jack Coombs Field. The Blue Devils and Yellow Jackets take the field for game two of the series Saturday at 1 p.m.
Wake Forest: Friday’s game between No. 16 Demon Deacons and No. 25 Florida State was suspended in the middle of the fifth inning due to inclement weather. The game will resume on Saturday at 3 p.m., while the nightcap will begin no earlier than 6 p.m. with at least an hour between games. The Demon Deacons lead the Seminoles 4-2.
Elon: The team could not overcome an eighth-inning rally by UNCW on Friday night’s opening contest of a three-game set, as the Phoenix fell, 6-5, at Latham Park. Due to the threat of inclement weather, the start time for game two of the series has been changed. The game scheduled for Saturday will now have a 6 p.m. start time at Latham Park. Stadium gates will open at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Campbell: Ben Calvano drove in three runs on a double and a homer, but the Camels (22-27, 7-12 BSC) fell to Winthrop (28-19, 14-5) 7-5 in the opening game of the Big South Conference baseball series Friday. Game two of the series is set for Saturday at 3 p.m.
Duke: The program featured a pair of players on the 2017 Intercollegiate Coaches Association All-South Region second team, as announced by the organization Friday. Junior midfielder Maddie Crutchfield and senior defender Maura Schwitter were selected for the honor, with both receiving all-region recognition for the second consecutive season.
Elon: Stephanie Asher and Rachel Ramirez named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association All-South Region Second Team on Friday, marking the first time in program history the school is represented among the region’s best.
Meanwhile, the team put together a second-half comeback attempt but fell just short in its NCAA tournament debut Friday in an 11-9 loss to No. 13 Virginia at Fetzer Field. The loss puts the Phoenix at 13-7 at the conclusion of its fourth year of competition, standing as the most wins in a season in program history.
Duke: Junior Leona Maguire has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District III Women’s At-Large Team, which was announced this week by the organization.
Duke: Incoming freshman Tess Boade will be with the United States Under-19 National Team at the U.S. Soccer National Team Training Center in Carson, Calif., May 13-20. Boade, a product of Highlands Ranch, Colo., is ranked as the No. 40 overall recruit by TopDrawerSoccer.com and the 18th-best forward.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons fell to Texas, 4-3, at the Carolina Tennis Center in Columbia, S.C. in the first round of the NCAA championship. Kimmy Guerin’s season will continue, as she will represent the Demon Deacons in the 2017 NCAA Women’s Singles Championship, held May 24-29 in Athens, Georgia.
N.C. State: Following its most astounding regular season in history, the Wolfpack (18-10) will travel to Athens, Ga., where it will play Oregon (14-10) in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The match will take place on Saturday at 9 a.m. and will be held at the Dan Magil Tennis Complex.
Duke: Returning to action for the first time in nearly two weeks, the Blue Devils opened NCAA Team Championship play on a strong note, dispatching Boston University 4-0 in Friday’s first round. The Blue Devils weathered a lengthy rain delay to advance to a second-round meeting with Tennessee at 4 p.m. Saturday.
UNC: The Tar Heels beat VCU 4-0 Friday to advance in NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship play and will face South Carolina in a second-round match Saturday at 3 p.m. at Cone-Kenfield. The Tar Heels were led by their upperclassmen as they improved to 25-4. The team will play for a spot in the NCAA Sweet 16, looking to advance that far for the fourth year in a row.
Duke: The Blue Devils made their return to the NCAA Team Championship on Friday, but fell 4-0 to No. 22 South Florida. The Blue Devils (16-10) dropped a highly contested doubles point and suffered setbacks in all six singles first sets before the Bulls (18-8) put away the match.
Wake Forest: The top-seeded Demon Deacons cruised to an opening round victory in the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship, as the Demon Deacons shut out in-state foe UNCW, 4-0, Friday at the Wake Forest Indoor Tennis Center.
Duke: The Blue Devils, who previously won their eighth ACC championship in one of the toughest conference tournaments in the country, will be heading into the 2017 NCAA regional tournament in Baton Rouge, LA. Competition will begin Monday. The first two days of play will see action beginning at 8 a.m. (CT), and 7:30 a.m. (CT) on the final day.
Shaw: Former standout Verdine Warner recently capped off a successful professional season by earning the 2.Bundelisga League 2017 Player of the Year, Finals MVP, Center of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in addition to being named to the All-German 2.Bundesliga North First Team.
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