WWAY's Sunday night sports - June 2
 

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- With less than a second on the clock in the fourth quarter Brett Blizzard missed a desperation three pointer on Saturday night in the home finale for the Wilmington Sea Dawgs. Big Texas defeated Wilmington 130-128. The Dawgs have two road games remaining in the 2013 schedule.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (UNCW) -– Elon’s Alex Swim’s two-run single in the bottom of the eighth broke a 4-all deadlock as the Phoenix eliminated UNCW with a 6-4 win on Sunday at the NCAA Charlottesville Regional at Davenport Stadium.

The Phoenix (34-29) advanced to the 6 p.m. game where they’ll take on top-seeded Virginia. The Seahawks concluded their season with a 38-23 mark.

Elon reliever Ryan Pennell (3-2) picked up the win after shutting out the Seahawks on a hit and a walk in two innings out of the bullpen.

Justin Livengood (1-3) was saddled with the loss, allowing two runs on two hits and only facing two batters.
Casey Jones held game-high honors with three hits as the Phoenix outhit the Seahawks, 14-9.
Luke Dunlap and Ryan LaGrange had two hits apiece for UNCW while Terence Connelly knocked in two runs on a single and hit by pitch late in the game.

How it happened: Christian MacDonald allowed a leadoff single in the eighth, but erased that runner with a double play. He walked the following and pinch runner Blaine Bower stole second to move into scoring position. Livengood came on and Chris Bresnahan singled through the leftside to plate Bower with the tying run. Quinn Bower followed with a single and both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Swim followed with a single to center off UNCW reliever Kelly Secrest to provide the winning margin.

Inside the numbers: The Seahawks advanced runners in 12-of-19 opportunities, but went 2-for-11 with RISP … Elon collected five hits in 11 at bats with two out and plated three two-out RBI’s … UNCW starter Blaze Tart and MacDonald combined for 14 ground ball outs … Both teams combined for just three strikeouts on the game.

Notes: Michael Bass set a career-high with nine assists, also a UNCW record in NCAA tournament play … Terence Connelly also set a UNCW single season record by being hit 19 times when he was plunked in the fifth inning with the bases loaded … Connelly also set another UNCW freshman record with 61 games played … The Seahawks finished with a 2-2 record against Elon in 2013 and are now 2-2 all-time against the Phoenix in NCAA regional action … UNCW stranded 10 runners on base extending their streak to six games with 10-or-more left on base … Matt Keeler set a UNCW NCAA tournament record with 13 putouts at first base.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA(AP) - Derek Fisher emerged from an NCAA tournament slump with two hits and three RBIs and Virginia advanced to the super regionals for the fourth time in five years with a 10-3 victory against Elon on Sunday night.

Fisher, a sophomore, was 0 for 23 in his career in the tournament before he hit a game-tying, two-run single in the third inning. He added an RBI single in the fourth as the Cavaliers (50-10) scored eight times over two innings.

Freshman reliever David Rosenberger (3-0) pitched five brilliant innings in relief after the Cavaliers' big inning. The left-hander allowed just two hits, struck out four and walked none before Austin Young and Josh Sborz worked the ninth.

Elon (34-30) got a two-run homer from Ryan Kinsella in the first and an RBI double from Casey Jones in the third to take a 3-0 lead on the Cavaliers' home field, but had only two baserunners against Rosenberger, both erased by double plays.

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CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) - Ricky Santiago hit a three-run homer in the seventh to help Florida Atlantic beat No. 1 overall seed North Carolina 3-2 on Sunday night in the NCAA tournament's Chapel Hill regional.

The teams meet Monday night to determine the regional title.

Santiago's blast was the first hit for the second-seeded Owls (42-21) and one of three all night. But the Tar Heels (54-9), while managing 12 hits, left 15 runners on base and repeatedly came up empty in key moments.

UNC starter Hobbs Johnson had pitched six no-hit innings and the Tar Heels were in control behind an RBI single by Colin Moran and a sacrifice fly by Michael Russell. But after Johnson left following his fifth walk, Santiago knocked a pitch from reliever Trevor Kelley (2-1) over the left-field wall for the 3-2 lead.

Reliever Michael Sylvestri (4-2) earned the win by allowing no hits in two scoreless innings.

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) - Tarran Senay homered and drove in five runs and North Carolina State earned a spot in the NCAA super regionals by routing William & Mary 9-2 on Sunday night.

Senay hit a three-run homer in the first and a two-run single in the eighth to lead the top-seeded Wolfpack (47-14).

They beat the third-seeded Tribe (39-24) for the second straight night while finishing the Raleigh regional 3-0.

Jake Fincher and Logan Ratledge each had three hits and an RBI to help N.C. State reach the super regionals for the second straight year, and third time since 2008. The Wolfpack will face the winner of the regional hosted by Oregon.

The Tribe's Jackson Shaver hit an RBI double in the seventh to snap the N.C. State pitching staff's string of 22 2-3 straight scoreless innings - which began in the second inning of Friday night's 4-1 win over Binghamton.

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ROSEMONT, IL (AP) - Elena Delle Donne scored 15 points to help the Chicago Sky beat Skylar Diggins and the Tulsa Shock 92-71 Sunday in a matchup of two of the WNBA's top three draft picks.

Epiphanny Prince had 19 points to lead Chicago (3-0). Tamera Young scored 16, Swin Cash had 14 and Sylvia Fowles added 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Delle Donne, drafted second overall by the Sky after two consensus All-America seasons at Delaware, shot 6 of 14 from the floor and is averaging 19.0 points.

Diggins, selected No. 3 by Tulsa after three Final Four appearances at Notre Dame, had eight points on 3-for-10 shooting and added three assists. Playing in front of a large contingent of Notre Dame fans, Diggins was cheered loudly during pregame introductions and whenever she scored or entered the game.

Glory Johnson led the Shock (0-4) with 15 points.

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Note: Tamera Young is a graduate of Laney High School! 16 points on Sunday as noted above.

WILMINGTON, NC (HAMMERHEADS) -– The Wilmington Hammerheads met the Phoenix FC Wolves for a second time this season securing a 2-1 victory in front of 2,752 fans on Friday night at a sunny Legion Stadium.

As both teams aggressively ran on the field at the start of the game it quickly became visible that each was hungry for a win.

Jamel Wallace opened up the scoring with the first goal for the Hammerheads early in the 6th minute of the half. After a throw in from defender Uriah Bentick, Wallace was able to secure possession of the ball and launch it hard across the right goal post past Phoenix goalkeeper Andrew Weber and directly into the corner of the goal enhancing the score to 1-0.

As the half continued, the Wolves, hoping to equalize the score, attempted their first goal with a shot by Deigo Faria da Saiva only to be saved by Hammerhead goalkeeper Phillip Tuttle. The Wolves continued their effort in the 41st minute of the game with a goal by forward Donald Toia to tie up the score.

As the game proceeded and the pressure increased, both teams continued to fight aggressively to stretch the score and secure a lead. After multiple attempted goals, unsuccessful for both teams, Hammerhead midfielder Daniel Roberts was able to break the tie and protect the lead with after scoring in the 45th minute of the game just before the end of the half.

The second half of the game started slowly. The Wolves attempted to retaliate with 3 shots on goal all unsuccessful leaving the Hammerheads in the lead and allowing them to claim their fourth win of the season.

Next week the Hammerheads will travel to Pennsylvania to take on the Harrisburg City Islanders on Wednesday, June 5th at 7:00 pm at Skyline Sports Complex.

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