UNC falls to FSU in ACC softball title game
A two-out, three-run home run by Katelyn Shifflett in the top of the seventh cut the deficit to a single run, but top-seeded No. 4 Florida State closed out a perfect 27-0 season against conference opponents with a 4-3 victory to capture its fourth consecutive ACC tournament title. The Seminoles secured the ACC’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, improving to 51-6-1, while the third-seeded Tar Heels fall to 38-19.
The two-time ACC Pitcher of the Year had a one-hitter going into the top of the seventh, when Taylor Wike led off with a single through the right side. Berlynne Delamora hit a little nubber to the right side for an infield single, then Katie Bailiff crushed one to right center. Off the bat, it looked like it might go all the way, but it was caught at the warning track for the second out of the inning. Shifflett then stepped up to the plate and drilled her eighth home run of the season to bring the tying run to the plate.
The Tar Heels hope to receive an at-large bid to the 2017 NCAA tournament and will await news from the committee in the NCAA Selection Show. The show will air nationally on ESPN2 at 10 p.m. on Sunday. North Carolina seeks its 14th berth to the NCAA tournament with the season-long goal of advancing to Super Regionals for the first time in school history.
Campbell: The Camels’ Big South tournament came to an end Saturday at Lancer Field, as the No. 2 seeded Camels fell to No. 5 seed Winthrop, 13-5. Winthrop’s offense was powered by Ashley Westbrooks’ 4-for-5, three-run, three-RBI performance. Paige Haley and Ansley Gilreath also had multi-hit outings for the Eagles.
UNC: Tyler Lynn’s two-run homer in the sixth gave the Tar Heels the lead for good and Rodney Hutchison Jr. worked 4 2/3 scoreless innings of relief as the visiting Tar Heels beat Virginia Tech 9-4 Saturday. The win, coupled with Virginia’s loss to Miami, means the Tar Heels have clinched the ACC Coastal Division title outright for the first time since 2013.
Duke: Trailing 5-2 with one out in the sixth, the Blue Devils exploded for five runs in the inning, highlighted by a three-run triple from sophomore catcher Chris Proctor, on their way to a 12-5 win over Georgia Tech on Saturday at Jack Coombs Field.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons split the first two games of the series against the Florida State Seminoles at Dick Howser Stadium on Saturday. Wake Forest won the opener, with play resumed from Friday night, 4-3, before dropping the nightcap, 4-0. Ben Breazeale led the way offensively for the Demon Deacons (34-16, 16-10 ACC), going 3-for-6 over the two games
ECU: Chris Carrier’s three-run homer and two defensive gems helped the Memphis Tigers to a 7-3 American Athletic Conference win over the Pirates Saturday at Clark-LeClair Stadium. With the win the Tigers even the weekend series and improve to 27-24 overall and 7-13 in league play, while the Pirates fell to 26-25 and 5-15.
Elon: A pitcher’s duel at Latham Park on Saturday night saw the Phoenix drop a tough, 3-2 contest to the visiting UNCW Seahawks in game two of a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series.
Campbell: An eight-run seventh inning and a strong outing from pitcher Wes Noble helped the Camels earn an 11-5 victory over Winthrop Saturday in game two of the Big South baseball series.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack rallied from an early deficit during the first round of the NCAA tournament to win over the Oregon Ducks 4-2. The victory earns the Wolfpack a place in the Round of 32 on Sunday at 2 p.m.
UNC: The Tar Heels earned a 4-0 victory over Furman in the first round of the NCAA Women’s tournament from Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. North Carolina (31-2) juggled its doubles tandems and it worked perfectly by dominating the visiting Paladins for the opening point. Chloe Ouellet-Pizer and Rachael James-Baker won 6-0 on court three and freshmen Sara Daavettila and Makenna Jones won 6-1 on court two.
Duke: The Blue Devils faced a stiff challenge from Tennessee on Saturday at Ambler Tennis Stadium, but held serve on its home court to win 4-1 and advance to the NCAA tournament round of 16. The Blue Devils (22-5) got the clinching point from sophomore Kaitlyn McCarthy on court three with a 7-5, 6-1 victory.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons battled their way to a 4-2 victory over Kentucky in the second round of the NCAA tournament Saturday at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.
N.C. State: Jon Choboy has stepped down as N.C. State’s men’s tennis coach after 15 seasons to pursue other professional opportunities. Choboy posted a 217-193 (.529) overall record, including a 54-106 (.338) mark in ACC play. He led his teams to six NCAA tournament appearances during his 15 seasons, highlighted by a run to the Elite Eight in 2007.
Mount Olive: Trojans sophomore Hailey Dobbins has been named second-team all-South region by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association, it was announced on Friday.
Track and field
Duke: The Blue Devils wrapped up day two of the ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships Saturday with four All-ACC performances, highlighted by graduate student Daniel Golubovic’s ACC title in the decathlon.
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