ECU shuts out UConn in regular-season finale
Kirk Morgan tossed a career-high eight shutout innings, while Nick Barber, Dusty Baker and Brady Lloyd each had run-scoring hits helping East Carolina to a 3-0 American Athletic Conference win over Connecticut Saturday at J.O. Christian Field. With the win the Pirates close out the regular season 29-27 and 7-17 in league play, while the Huskies fall to 31-23 and 14-10.
Morgan (3-0) picked up the win striking out five and faced two over the minimum (two singles), which included retiring the first 13 batters faced until John Toppa’s single in the fifth. He then set down the next eight batters before Toppa reached on a bunt single to start the eighth. Matt Bridges notched his second save of the season tossing a scoreless ninth frame.
Barber led the Pirates registering a season-high three hits (two doubles) and driving in the game-winning run (first career), which came in the third frame. Lloyd added two hits (first career multi-hit game) and drove in a run, while Baker added an RBI double in the ninth.
ECU will open the AAC Championships play as the No. 8 seed and will play the No. 1 seed UCF on Tuesday at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.
UNC/Duke: The Tar Heels finished a memorable regular season by winning their 10th straight series as they hung on to beat Duke 9-7 Saturday at Boshamer Stadium. The Tar Heels, who enter next week’s ACC Championship at 44-11, won 23 conference games for the first time in program history and went a perfect 10-for-10 in securing league series, also a first at UNC.
N.C. State: After clinching the series with wins on Thursday and Friday, the Wolfpack came up short in its search for the sweep as the Clemson Tigers won Saturday’s game, 15-6, at Doak Field. The Wolfpack concludes its regular season slate with a 33-22 overall record, including a 16-14 mark in ACC play. The Tigers are now 39-17 and 17-13 in league action.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons broke a 3-3 tie with a nine-run fifth inning in a 14-4 series-clinching win over Pittsburgh at David F. Couch Ballpark on Saturday.
Mount Olive: The Trojans defeated UNC Pembroke 4-3 in 13 innings in UMO’s opening game of the 2017 Southeast Regional. The Trojans will take on North Georgia at 5 p.m. on Saturday in a winner’s bracket game in 2017 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament at Scarborough Field.
Campbell: Brandon Harvell’s RBI triple led a two-run 10th inning, lifting Longwood over the Camels 7-5 in the regular-season finale Saturday at Jim Perry Stadium.
Swimming and diving
Duke: Blue Devils alumna Ashley Twichell punched her ticket to this summer’s FINA World Championships in Budpest, Hungary with a convincing victory at Friday’s USA Swimming Open Water National Championships.
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