RALEIGH, NC (NCSU) -- NC State baseball evened the series on Chance Shepard’s solo home run in the seventh inning of its 1-0 win over Georgia Tech on Saturday at Doak Field at Dail Park. (Note: Shepard is a graduate of Ashley High School (Wilmington).
The Wolfpack (23-19, 8-15 ACC) engaged in its second pitchers’ duel in as many contests with the Yellow Jackets (26-18, 12-11), claiming a 1-0 win one day after Tech opened the series with a 1-0 win of its own. Friday and Saturday mark the first time on record that the Pack has played in back-to-back 1-0 ballgames.
Shepard supplied the offense in a 3-for-4 game with his third homer of the year. The sophomore from Wilmington started the game 2-for-2 with a pair of singles. Kyle Cavanaugh and Brett Austin contributed the only other Wolfpack hits on the afternoon, each adding a single.
Jon Olczak (1-1) claimed the win by holding the Jackets to one hit over two innings starting in the seventh, striking out one. Cody Beckman collected his first career save by getting the final batter of the game to pop up to the mound.
Patrick Peterson started and limited Tech to three hits and three walks over the first 3 2/3, fanning four. His identical twin brother Eric Peterson relieved him and scattered four hits and a walk through the next three, punching out a pair.
Georgia Tech sent a runner to the plate in the fifth on a double down the right field line, but Garrett Suggs hit relay man Logan Ratledge, who fired a dart to Austin to end the inning. Outside of that play, neither team mustered much of an offensive threat all afternoon, setting the stage for Shepard’s homer in the seventh. Shepard led off the inning, and drilled a full count pitch over the wall in straightaway center to provide the difference.
PHILADELPHIA, PA (ST. AUG)-– The foursome of Daniel Jamieson (Soph./Windsor, CT), Taffawee Johnson (Sr./St. Ann, Jamaica), Burkheart Ellis Jr. (Soph./Raleigh, NC) and Jermaine Jones (Jr./Wilmington, NC) of Saint Augustine's University ran a season-high 39.19 seconds in the men's 4x100 Championship of America relay on the final day of the 2014 Penn Relays before a crowd of 49,103 at Franklin Field on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Saturday's attendance was the seventh largest in Penn Relays history.
The men's 4x100 squad finished third in the event, which was televised by NBC Sports Network. Only UTech of Jamaica (38.71) and Division I LSU (38.83) ran faster than the Falcons, who entered the prestigious meet as the top-ranked Division II 4x100 relay squad. Five Division I schools were in the eight-team relay.
St. Aug capped the prestigious three-day meet with two third-place relay finishes. The group of Roxroy Cato (Sr./St. Mary's, Jamaica), James Quarles (Sr./Washington, DC), Kevaughn Hewitt (Sr./Miamar, FL) and Joshua Edmonds (Sr./Jacksonville, FL) finished third in the men's 4x400 college division relay with a time of 3:07.06. Only Indiana Tech (3:06.80) and G.C. Foster of Jamaica (3:06.98) ran faster than the Falcons, ranked No. 1 in Division II in the 4x400 relay.
The Falcons' foursome of Edmonds, Johnson, Jamieson and Jones finished fourth in the men's 4x200 Championship of America relay with a time of 1:21.91. The event was also televised by NBC Sports Network. David Shaw Jr. (Jr./Red Springs, NC) placed fourth in the men's college division triple jump with a career outdoor mark of 49-7¼.
The Lady Falcons' squad of Tia-Adana Belle (Fr./Jamaica), Cherrisse Lynch (Jr./St. Lawrence, Barbados), Brittany Brown (Sr./Akron, OH) and Akeisha Dumont (Jr./Brooklyn, NY) placed fifth in the women's 4x400 college division relay with a time of 3:40.82. DeJon Wilkinson (Sr./Summerville, SC) of St. Aug was eighth in the men's Championship triple jump with a leap of 49-2¼.
The Falcons were coming off victories in three events the first two days. On Friday, world leader Cato won the men's 400 Championship hurdles and Shaw Jr. took the men's college division long jump. Shakinah Brooks (Fr./Raleigh, NC) won the women's college division long jump Thursday.
The Falcons and Lady Falcons have won 34 NCAA Division II indoor and outdoor titles under legendary Head Coach George Williams. The men's team is the two-time NCAA indoor and defending outdoor champs in addition to being the top-ranked Division II squad in the nation.
WILMINGTON, NC (HAMMERHEADS) -- The Charlotte Eagles defeated Wilmington Hammerheads FC 2-0 at Legion Stadium on Saturday night. Midfielders Wells Thompson and Drew Yates led the Eagles to victory with one goal each in the second half.
Midfielder Daniel Lovitz had several shots on Eagles goalkeeper Brock Duckworth throughout the night, but none found the back of the net to give the Hammerheads the points they needed to find the overall victory that would continue their undefeated streak.
The Hammerheads had a close opportunity on goal as halftime closed in off a header by Sammy Ochoa in the penalty area from a volley by Lovitz. The Eagles were given the chance to increase the score soon after with minutes left in the first half off a free kick just feet above the penalty box.
The first goal of the match came in the 57th minute as Eagles midfielder Wells Thompson found the open gap outside the penalty area and took the shot. Defender Jonathan Leathers attempted a shot in the 65th minute that was saved off a dive by Hammerheads goalkeeper Quillan Roberts.
Lovitz had the fans on their feet with two of his best goal attempts of the night with a diving header in the box near the low post and a hard shot from outside the penalty area with 10 minutes remaining in the match, both saved by finger tips of Duckworth.
The final goal of the match was in the 90th minute off a shot by Eagles midfielder Drew Yates, increasing the score to 2-0 seconds before the final whistle.
Wilmington Hammerheads FC will host their next match versus the Rochester Rhinos on Saturday, May 3 at Legion Stadium. For further information regarding the Hammerheads, please call (910) 777-2111 or visit www.wilmingtonhammerheads.com.
SOUTHPORT, NC (UNCW) -– UNCW freshman Preston Harrington posted a team-low 74 in the second round of the Colonial Athletic Association men’s golf championship on Saturday to move into the top-10 and join teammates Stefan Brewer and Payne McLeod.
The Seahawks, who began the day in third, dropped one spot back into fourth after combining to go 13-over-par on the round. The College of Charleston finished three-under in the round to move into a tie with Towson for the tournament lead. UNCW trails third-place William & Mary by three strokes.
Juan Veloza of Towson and CofC’s John Jonas carded identical rounds of four-under-par-68’s to move from 11th to share the tournament lead. Brewer dropped back into third while McLeod is tied for sixth.
The third and final round tees off on Sunday. UNCW will be paired with W&M and teeing off on hole one at 8 a.m.
UNCW results: T3. Stefan Brewer (69-77=146); T6. Payne McLeod (72-75=147); T9. Preston Harrington (75-74=149); T27. Thomas Lilly (82-75=157); T30. Ryan Nagy (80-79=159)
Team Standings: T1. Col. of Charleston (301-285=586); T1. Towson (293-293=586); 3. William & Mary (295-299=594); 4. UNCW (296-301=597); 5. James Madison (298-304=602); 6. Drexel (308-313=621); 7. Delaware (304-318=622); 8. Hofstra (324-319=643)
Leaderboard: 1. Juan Velosa (TOW) 74-68=142; T1. John Jonas (COC) 74-68=142; T3. Stefan Brewer (UNCW) 69-77=146; T3. Zach Monroe (COC) 76-70=146; T3. Joe Gunerman (TOW) 71-75=146; T6. Payne McLeod (UNCW) 72-75=147; T6. William Rainey (COC) 76-71=147; T6. Charlie Lern (W&M) 72-75=147; T9. Preston Harrington (UNCW) 75-74=149; T9. Christopher Crawford (DRE) 72-77=149; T9. Austin Morrison (W&M) 78-71=149; T9. Davis Morrison (W&M) 73-76=149; T9. Matt Fry (TOW) 72-77=149
NEWARK, DE (UNCW) -- Doug Trimble’s three hits and Alex Mottle’s two doubles fueled Delaware’s 14 –hit attack as the Blue Hens evened their Colonial Athletic Association series with UNCW following a 7-3 win on Saturday at Bob Hannah Stadium.
The Blue Hens improved to 19-20 overall and 6-7 in the CAA with the home win. UNCW dropped back to .500 with the loss at 21-21 and 6-6 in the circuit.
UD starter Chad Martin (5-3) earned the win despite a bout with wildness. The freshman rigthhander walked seven and scattered six hits while allowing just one run over 5.1 innings.
Sophomore Ryan Foster took the loss for UNCW to fall to 1-2. Foster was tagged for five runs, four earned, on 10 hits in four-plus innings.
EJ Stotltzfus, Norm Donkin and Zach Lopes each added two hits for the Blue Hens, who took over the game with three runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth for a 6-1 lead. Mottle finished with two runs batted in.
Teddy Cillis had two hits and two runs batted in for UNCW, which stranded a season-high tying 15 runners on base and also tied a season-high with 11 walks drawn. Steven Linkous also had two hits.
Up next: The Seahawks and Blue Hens will play for the series win on Sunday with first-pitch slated for 1 p.m.
How it happened: With two out and a man on second, Foster surrendered the first of four consecutive two-out hits when Ty Warrington singled in Ryan Hartley. Joe Giacchino , Stotlzfus and Donkin followed with singles for a 4-1 lead.
Inside the box score: UNCW again struggled leading off innings with just two hitters reaching safely (Terence Connelly both times with walks in the second and fourth) … The Seahawks did go 7-for-13 with two out … The Blue Hens also exceled with two out (8-for-15) but struggled leading off innings (1-for-8).
Notes: UNCW has won just two Saturday games this season … Casey Golden’s single in the fourth inning extended his on base streak to 16 games … Combined 25 base runners left on base tied for second most in a game between UNCW and an opponent.
Tobacco Road Basketball League - Saturday
Bull City 106
Wilmington Sea Dawgs 86
PHILADELPHIA, PA (UNCW) -– UNCW’s men’s Shuttle Hurdle Relay finished fifth in at the Penn Relays and narrowly missed setting a school record in the event on Friday at historic Franklin Field.
The Seahawks posted a time of 59.53 seconds to miss the school standard of 59.52 set earlier this season at the Florida Relays.
The men’s sprint medley relay of Connor Shaw, Brandon McLean, Cody Love and Dylan Skinner took eighth with a time of 3:24.33.
Senior Brent Campbell placed ninth in the Long Jump with a mark of 22-6.25 feet.
The Seahawks next compete at the Colonial Athletic Association championships on May 2-3, in Harrisonburg, Va.