ACC opponents sweeping up
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Sweeps seemed to be contagious in Atlantic Coast Conference baseball last weekend as NC State, North Carolina and Virginia all blew past league opponents.
No. 17 NC State’s broom-worthy weekend was probably the most impressive as the Wolfpack was on the road against No. 16 Georgia Tech. The Pack handily won the first two contests, 13-4 and 6-2, and then came out on top of Sunday’s back-and-forth affair 8-7 after staging a ninth-inning two-run rally. It was NC State’s first sweep of Georgia Tech since 1992 and first in Atlanta, as well as the Pack’s first series win against the Yellow Jackets since 2001.
The Pack also extended its winning streak to 14 consecutive games, and 10 in a row in ACC play. In nine of those 10 wins, NC State has come from behind. NC State’s current winning streak is its’ longest since the 2003 team won 16 consecutive games.
The Pack’s 14-game winning streak is tied with No. 1 North Carolina for the nation’s longest. The Tar Heels dominated Duke last weekend, outscoring the Blue Devils 21-3 and improving to 39-2 on the season. It was the fifth ACC sweep for North Carolina this year.
Junior left-hander Kent Emmanuel opened the series on Friday with his third complete game of the season, striking out eight batters and giving up just two hits in a 7-1 victory. UNC followed it up with 4-1 and 10-1 wins against the Blue Devils. Sunday’s regular season record crowd of 4,255 at Boshamer Stadium saw the Tar Heels explode for 16 hits and 10 runs.
NC State and North Carolina are both in first place in their respective divisions after the weekend. The Pack holds a one-game lead against Florida State in the Atlantic Division, while the Tar Heels are 2.5 games up on Virginia in the Coastal Division standings.
Interestingly, the two teams will collide in Raleigh in a three-game series beginning Friday. UNC’s winning streak could be up to 16 games if the Heels win their midweek games, while NC State’s could grow to 15 if the Pack claims its’ non-conference tilt on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, No. 8 Virginia desperately tried to keep up the pace and took three games from No. 5 Florida State for the first time in program history. The Cavaliers outscored the Seminoles 16-4 in the series in front of 13,890 fans – a program-record for a three-game series at Davenport Field. It was the first time FSU had been swept in an ACC road series since losing three to Clemson in 2010.
• For the second consecutive year, Fairfield’s Sam Snow tallied an overtime goal to lift the Stags to a victory against nationally-ranked Denver. The senior netted the game-winning score 56 seconds into overtime as the Stags toppled the top-ranked Pioneers on Saturday. It is the program’s first victory against a No. 1 team and secured Fairfield a spot in the ECAC Championship in two weeks.
• The No. 3 Florida women’s lacrosse team handed two-time defending NCAA champion Northwestern its’ most lopsided loss in program history as the Gators defeated the Wildcats 22-4 on Saturday. The win gave Florida a share of the American Lacrosse Conference title along with the Wildcats, and extended the Gators’ home winning streak to 18 games. Sophomore midfielder Shannon Gilroy contributed seven points on five goals and two assists, and six other Gators tallied multiple goals on the day.
• It came down to the last race, but the Clemson women’s track team won its’ eighth consecutive (indoor and outdoor) Atlantic Coast Conference title on Saturday. The Tigers’ 4x400 relay team of Kendra Harrison, Keisha Richburg, Brittany Pringley and Nia Fluker won the event with a time of 3:34.87 as Clemson nipped the Seminoles 151-146 for the team trophy. Harrison was named the Most Valuable Performer of the Meet, scoring 38 of a possible 40 points in the meet. The sophomore won the 400 hurdles with a school-record time of 56.58, and placed second in the 100 hurdles, and was a member of both the 4x400 and 4x100 winning relay teams.
• The Utah softball team won its second consecutive series against a nationally-ranked Pac-12 opponent as the Utes took two of three games from No. 2 Arizona State in Salt Lake City during the weekend. The Utes won the first game of the series 5-4 in eight innings thanks to freshman catcher Shelby Pacheco’s walk-off-double on Saturday. They followed it up with a doubleheader split of the Sun Devils on Sunday, winning the first contest 6-5, and improving to 21-24-1. Utah, a squad that lost nine consecutive games in March, also took two of three against UCLA on April 6-7."This team has elevated our program after winning series against UCLA and Arizona State," Utah head coach Amy Hogue said. "They have proven that this is not a fluke and we're not a team to look past."
• After knocking off No. 2 Armstrong Atlantic in the Peach Belt Conference Championship semifinals on Sunday, the No. 23 Columbus State softball team concluded the day with a dominating 12-0 victory against No. 14 Georgia College as the Cougars captured their second consecutive league tournament title. Columbus State earned the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Division II Championship with the win. PBC Pitcher of the Year Mollie Russell held Armstrong to just one run in the first game, and then tossed a two-hitter against Georgia College for her 13th shutout of the season, and was named Tournament Most Valuable Player for her efforts.
• The No. 3 Duke women’s golf team won its second consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference title -- 24 strokes ahead of second-place NC State at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., on Sunday. It is the 18th ACC championship in school history, and 17th for head coach Dan Brooks, who now owns an NCAA-best 113 career wins in his 29 seasons at Duke. With the win on Sunday, Brooks has now posted at least one team victory in 28 of his 29 seasons with the Blue Devils.
• Linfield junior Kramer Lindell ripped a walk-off double in the 13th-inning to lift the No. 1 Wildcats to a 2-1 defeat of No. 14 George Fox on Sunday, clinching the Northwest Conference championship and completing the sweep of the Bruins. The walk-off victory was the first of the season for the Wildcats and secured an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship.
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|15:11.35||In her first outdoor race since winning both the 3,000 and 5,000 meters at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, Dartmouth junior Abbey D’Agostino won the 5,000 meters at the Mt. Sac Relays in California on Friday. D’Agostino’s time of 15:11.35 was a program-record and the best in a field comprised of both professional and collegiate runners. She eclipsed her own school-record mark of 15:19.98 set in the finals of the Olympic Trials last June.|
|54||The No. 12 Missouri softball team’s 8-0 loss to No. 11 LSU on Saturday was the first time the Tigers were shutout this season. Missouri had not been shutout in its’ previous 54 contests, a streak dating back to April 13, 2012. The Mizzou did bounce back in the rubber game to win the series, capping off the weekend with a 3-2 victory on Sunday.|
|74||NC State sophomore Trea Turner set the program’s career stolen base record on Saturday after swiping his 74th collegiate steal in a 6-2 defeat of Georgia Tech on Saturday. Turner broke the mark in only 94 collegiate games. He has 17 in 32 games played this season.|
|100||Albany junior attack Ty Thompson posted a career-high eight goals in a 16-10 victory against UMBC in America East Conference men’s lacrosse action on Friday. The Great Danes clinched the top seed in the league tournament, and Thompson reached the 100-goal milestone on his final tally of the contest. He is the 12th UAlbany player in program history to accomplish the feat.|
|154||Salisbury senior Katie Bollhorst set a women’s lacrosse school record for career assists in the No. 2 Sea Gulls’ 19-5 win over Frostburg State on Saturday, and added to it with three more helpers in Sunday’s 14-7 defeat of Christopher Newport on Sunday. Bollhorst passed Sue Ackermann (2005-08) for the all-time program lead and now has 154 assists during her four-year career. The unbeaten Sea Gulls wrapped up the regular season and will host a semifinal game in Division III’s Capital Athletic Conference Tournament on Saturday.|
|318||Cornell’s Rob Pannell became the all-time leading scorer in Ivy League men’s lacrosse as he added two goals and an assist in the Big Red’s 13-7 victory against Brown to claim the outright league title. Pannell now has 318 career points, surpassing the previous record of 316 set by Brown’s Darren Lowe (1989-92).|
• Albright College senior pitcher Allie Frank had quite a week, tossing three consecutive no-hitters, including a perfect game, during a three-day span. Frank threw a no-hitter in a five-inning, 8-0 victory versus Rosemont on Tuesday, and followed it up with a pair of no-nos on Thursday in a doubleheader sweep of Valley Forge Christian. In the second game of the doubleheader, Frank was perfect, retiring all 15 batters in order.
• The No. 2 Arkansas men’s track and field team handed No. 4 Oregon its first dual meet loss since the 2000 season as the Razorbacks claimed an 86-77 victory against the Ducks at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday. The meet came down to the 4x400 meter relay as Arkansas senior Akheem Gauntlett held off Oregon’s Mike Berry in the final leg of the race to earn the win in front of 7,344 spectators. Gauntlett crossed the finish line in 3:07.14, just .25 seconds ahead of Oregon’s team.
• The No. 13 Roanoke College men’s lacrosse team finished the Old Dominion Athletic Conference season with a perfect 9-0 mark after nipping No. 9 Washington and Lee 9-8 in Division III action on Saturday. The Maroons earned the No. 1 seed in the ODAC tournament, and will host the championship beginning May 4.
• The Lindenwood women’s lacrosse squad remained unbeaten in Division II’s Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association play after cruising to a 19-6 win against Colorado Mesa on Saturday. The No. 15 Lady Lions improved to 14-1 as 12 different players scored in the victory. Lindenwood will now head on the road to No. 3 Adelphi for a non-conference tilt on Wednesday as it looks to hand the Panthers their loss of the season.
• The No. 3 UCLA men’s tennis team claimed its second consecutive Pac-12 regular season title with a 4-3 victory against No. 4 Southern California at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on Friday. The Bruins finished the regular season undefeated in league place for the second consecutive year and improved to 22-1 on the year. UCLA’s No. 27 Dennis Novikov upended USC’s No. 14 Ray Sarmiento at No. 1 singles, 6-4, 6-2, for the match-winning point.
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