Fairchild, Bukauskas picked as Howser Trophy semifinalists
Wake Forest junior Stuart Fairchild and North Carolina’s J.B. Bukauskas were named semifinalists for the 2017 Dick Howser Trophy, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association announced Thursday.
The award, given to the top player in collegiate baseball, is based on two rounds of national voting.
A two-time All-ACC honoree, Fairchild is currently hitting .347 with 15 doubles, 13 homers and 55 RBIs. He also leads the team with 15 stolen bases and has yet to commit an error in 135 defensive chances. Fairchild surpassed 200 career hits earlier in the season and is a lifetime .328 hitter.
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Bukauskas ranks in the top 20 nationally in strikeouts per nine innings (17th, 11.76), hits allowed per nine innings (19th, 5.76), wins (19th, 8) and ERA (19th, 1.80). He was named to the D1Baseball and Rawlings/Perfect Game Midseason All-America first teams, earning Midseason Top Pitcher honors from D1Baseball.
The Dick Howser Trophy is regarded by many as college baseball’s most prestigious award. Criteria for consideration of the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character and courage, qualities that were exemplified by Dick Howser’s life.
The finalists will be announced on June 9. The 2017 award will be presented on June 16 at TD Ameritrade Stadium in downtown Omaha, the home of the College World Series for the seventh year.
Campbell: Ben Calvano doubled, tripled and drove in three to lead the Camels in a 9-4 win over Longwood Thursday at Jim Perry Stadium. With the series-opening win, the team clinched a spot in next week’s Big South Championship in Lexington, S.C., and moved to 24-29 overall and 9-13 in Big South play
Duke/UNC: North Carolina had a season-low three hits in an 8-4 loss to Duke Thursday night at Boshamer Stadium. Three Blue Devils relievers worked 5 2/3 scoreless innings and kept the visitors in the lead after Duke scored three times in the fifth following UNC’s four-run fourth.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons set a program record in a series-opening 7-4 win over Pittsburgh at David F. Couch Ballpark on Thursday. The Deacs (37-16, 18-10 ACC) set a new program record with 18 ACC wins, surpassing the previous mark of 17 set in 2002.
N.C. State: For the second time in as many years recent graduate Tyler Ross has been named to the Division I All-Southeast Region Team, as announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association on Thursday.
UNC: Tar Heels Kendra Lynch, Brittany Pickett and Taylor Wike were all named National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association All-Southeast Region on Thursday, as selected by NFCA member coaches in the region. Lynch was named to the First Team as its designated player, Pickett earned the pitcher/utility spot on the Second Team, and Wike is the shortstop on the Third Team. The trio, who all earned All-ACC honors this season as well, each garnered All-Region honors for the first time.
Elon: Senior Carey Million was recognized on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Mid-Atlantic All-Region Second Team as announced by the organization on Thursday.
UNC/Duke: UNC (32-2) and Duke (22-5) will face off in the NCAA Team Championship for the first time since 2010. The Round of 16 is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday in Athens, Ga. The Tar Heels have a 3-1 advantage in the previous four meetings, including a 4-3 win in the 2010 quarterfinals. The UNC-Duke winner will face the winner between 7th seed Stanford and 10th seed Michigan at noon on Sunday.
Wake Forest: Jennifer Kupcho will conclude her sophomore season this week as she competes as an individual at the 2017 NCAA Championship. The tournament will begin on Friday at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill., with individual play concluding on Monday.
Campbell: For the third time in four years, Nadine White will participate in the NCAA Division I championship. A senior from Brisbane, Australia, White earned an individual berth in the event, which starts Friday, by finishing in a tie for eighth place (73-73-72—218) May 8-10 at the NCAA Albuquerque Regional. She participated in the 2014 and 2015 NCAA Championships when the Camels qualified as a team.
UNC: The Tar Heels are taking part in its 16th NCAA Division 1 Championships on Friday. This is the second straight year qualifying for the Championships, and fourth time under head coach Jan Mann. The tournament will be played over the next six days. The Tar Heels will tee off Friday morning at 8:36 a.m. EDT from hole No. 10 alongside Texas Tech and Pepperdine. On Saturday they will go off No. 1 at 1:06 p.m. EDT.
Duke: The Blue Devils and Ohio State will face off in the NCAA quarterfinals at noon on Saturday. The Blue Devils are 13-4 overall and coming off of a convincing 19-6 win over Johns Hopkins in the first round. Ohio State is the No. 3 seed with a 14-4 overall record and is aiming for its first appearance at NCAA championship weekend.
Track and Field
Duke: Following Thursday’s announcement by the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Committee, Duke will be represented by 19 individuals and two relays at next week’s NCAA East Preliminary Round meet in Lexington, Ky. The two NCAA preliminary meets provide an opportunity for the top-12 finishers in each event at each site to qualify for the national championship meet.
St. Augustine’s: Twelve St. Augustine’s student-athletes qualified for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships which will be held May 25-27 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
Elon: The women’s team will have three members of its squad represent the program at the 2017 NCAA East Preliminary Round on May 25-27, hosted by the University of Kentucky. Senior Kimberly Johansen, redshirt junior Bre’anna Warren and junior Bryanna Hames all qualified for the meet as released by the NCAA on Thursday, May 18.
NCCU: Redshirt freshman Omega Smalls and the men’s 4x100-meter relay team have qualified for the 2017 NCAA Division I East Preliminary Championships in Lexington, Ky., starting May 25, the NCAA announced Thursday. The men’s 4x100m relay race will be held on May 27 at 6:15 p.m.
Wake Forest: The team will bolster its ranks with three new additions to the program for the 2017 season, as head coach Jennifer Averill announced Thursday the additions of Sam Buzalewski, Alexis Grippo and Anne van Hoof. Buzalewski is a top-5 recruit, Grippo is the all-time leading scorer for the 2016 and 2013 Mid-Atlantic Prep League champion team and Hoof played for HC Den Bosch since 2009 where her team won two National Championships.
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