College Sports

Notebook: UNC advances to ACC softball semifinals

North Carolina’s Kristen Brown, Kendra Lynch and Taylor Wike were named to All-ACC softball teams Thursday, as elected by the conference coaches. Brown and Lynch earned spots on the first team, and Wike garnered second-team honors.

While three Tar Heels earned awards, junior Kendra Lynch also pitched a four-hit gem then scored to kick off a six-run sixth inning as North Carolina defeated Boston College 6-0 in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament. UNC (31-22) advances to play top-seeded Florida State at 1 p.m. Friday in the first semifinal. Boston College ends its record-setting campaign at 30-23.

With Thursday’s victory, the Tar Heels remain perfect in ACC quarterfinal games since the tournament moved to a single-elimination format in 2008. UNC has advanced to the semifinals all nine times, including an appearance in the 2011 title game. The tar Heels also preserved their spotless postseason record against Boston College, improving to 4-0 against the Eagles, while registering its 13th shutout victory in 25 years in the ACC tournament.

Baseball

UNC: Gavin Stupienski and Nick Feight hit back-to-back home runs in a four-run first and Stupienski added another homer in the fifth to lead UNC Wilmington to a 6-2 win Wednesday night against the Tar Heels. Eli Sutherland hit his fifth homer of the year for UNC, which left 15 men on base in falling to 31-18.

Women’s Tennis

Duke: The Blue Devils are set to compete in the NCAA team championship for the 28th time in program history. They will face Virginia Commonwealth at 1 p.m. Friday in Durham.

UNC: Hayley Carter has been selected into the CoSIDA Academic All-District team, recognizing the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.

Wake Forest: The Deacons will head to Athens, Ga., for NCAA regional. They will make their first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 2009 when they travel to Dan Magill Tennis Complex and open play against the Baylor at 1 p.m. Friday.

Men’s Golf

Elon: Senior Jonathan DiIanni was one of 10 student-athletes selected to the Capital One Academic All-District 3 At-Large Team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Wake Forest: Sophomore Will Zalatoris was named into the 2016 All-ACC team.

UNC: Junior Carter Jenkins is one of 12 players named to the All-ACC team.

Women’s Field Hockey

Duke: Redshirt senior goalkeeper Lauren Blazing was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District III At-Large Team for the third consecutive year. A two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America selection, Blazing again is eligible for Academic All-America honors.

Swimming and Diving

Duke: Sophomore Verity Abel earned a U.S. Olympic trials cut in the 800-meter freestyle and Blue Devils alumna and volunteer assistant coach Ashley Twichell posted the second-fastest time in the world this year in the 1,500 freestyle on the opening day of competition at USA Swimming’s Arena Pro Swim Series at Charlotte.

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