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BROOKLINE, MA (UNCW) -- Drew Farber’s leadoff homer in the top of the ninth lifted UNCW to a 3-2 win over Northeastern to clinch the Colonial Athletic Associaiton series on Friday at Friedman Diamond. The Seahawks ran their record to 28-24 with their fourth consecutive win and improved to 10-8 in the league. The Huskies, who need to win on Saturday to qualify for next week’s conference tournament, dropped to 24-27 and 8-12. For Farber, it was his second homer of the season and came off losing pitcher Mike Fitzgerald (3-3). UNCW reliever Christian MacDonald (2-4) earned the win with a scoreless inning of relief and Kelly Secrest notched his seventh save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning. Farber was joined by Luke Dunlap with a two-hit game. NU’s Jason Vosler also had two hits. Freshman Teddy Cillis belted his second homer of the season to give UNCW a 1-0 lead in the second inning.

Next up: Both teams finish out the regular season with a noon start on Saturday.

How it happened: After UNCW stranded a runner at third in the seventh inning, Farber stepped up for the Seahawks and belted a 1-2 offering from Fitzgerald over the bullpen in leftfield for the go-ahead run.

Inside the box score: UNCW left eight runners on base and was 2-for-10 in RBI opportunities … The Seahawks were 4-for-9 when leading off an inning … UNCW pitchers allowed just one leadoff hitter to reach safely and held NU to 1-for-6 in RBI opportunities.

Notes: Secrest moved into second all-time on UNCW’s saves list with 16 … His seven saves this season rank tied for sixth on the single season list … The Seahawks have now won their last three weekend series.
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BLACKSBURG, VA (NCSU) -- With its postseason hopes on the line, NC State rose to the challenge on Friday at Virginia Tech, dropping the Hokies 9-4 in the opener before clinching a spot in the ACC Tournament with a 6-5 win in the nightcap at English Field.

A rainout on Thursday night forced the Wolfpack (32-21, 13-16 ACC) to pull the difficult feat of sweeping a doubleheader over the homestanding Hokies (20-30-1, 8-20) on Senior Day to extend its season for at least another week.

Every batter in the Wolfpack order contributed at least one hit to pull off a 9-4 comeback win in the first game of the twin bill. Virginia Tech opened a 2-0 lead in the second, before State rallied to tie the game 2-2 in the third. The Pack scored twice more in the fourth to make it 4-2, but the Hokies knotted the score 4-4 in the bottom half. Two runs in the fifth, and another deuce in the seventh helped State build an 8-4 advantage. An insurance run in the ninth set the final at 9-4.

Brett Austin went 3-for-4 with a homer, three, runs, an RBI, and a walk. Chance Shepard scored three times as well in a 2-for-4 game with a double, an RBI, and a walk. Jake Armstrong provided the only other multi-hit effort with a 2-for-5 outing including a run.

Carlos Rodon (6-7) scored the win in blustery conditions, fanning six while allowing four earned on eight hits and two walks. Eric Peterson earned his third save in four shutout innings of relief, scattering three hits and striking out three while walking none.

The Pack held strong against a nerve-wracking Hokie comeback bid to take the nightcap 6-5. State broke a scoreless tie with its five-run fourth, but Virginia Tech clawed back with three runs in the bottom half. The Wolfpack played through four more scoreless innings before making it 6-3 in the top of the ninth. Tech scored twice in the ninth and put the winning run on first before sophomore Will Gilbert struck out the final batter of the game to preserve the 6-5 victory.

Logan Ratledge paced the Pack with a 3-for-5 effort including an RBI. Brett Austin tripled in his 2-for-5 outing with a run. Trea Turner stole his 24th base of the year, pulling within 16 of tying the ACC’s all-time career record in a 1-for-4 contest with two runs. Andrew Knizner drove in a pair with his only hit. Garrett Suggs went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two outfield assists from right.

Freshman Cody Beckman (1-0) turned in a career performance, setting highs with 4 1/3 innings pitched and five strikeouts, while holding the Hokies to two earned on five hits and two walks. Logan Jernigan started and punched out four over the first four frames while allowing three earned. Jon Olczak pitched 1/3 of an inning in the ninth before Gilbert earned his second save of the year by striking out the final batter to end it.

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CORAL GABLES, FL (MIAMI) -- CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- No. 4 Miami fell behind in the early innings and couldn't recover Saturday night, dropping game two of its doubleheader by a final score of 11-2.

The Tar Heels (32-22, 15-14 ACC) tagged Miami lefthander Andrew Suarez for a career high-tying seven runs, chasing the southpaw after just 2.0 innings of work. North Carolina led 4-1 after the first inning, and tacked on three runs in both the second and third innings to jump out to a commanding early advantage.

Trailing 4-0, Miami struck for a run in the bottom of the first off UNC starter Benton Moss (4-2) on an RBI groundout from freshman sluger Zack Collins. Senior Dale Carey extended his hitting streak to seven games with a leadoff double, and took third on the wild pitch to set up the scoring chance.

Collins came through for Miami, driving a pitch towards Tar Heels third baseman Landon Lassiter and plating Carey to cut the early deficit to 4-1. The RBI was the team-high 46th of the season for Collins.

But RBI singles from Lassiter and Wood Myers bumped Carolina's lead to 6-1 in the second, and a sacrifice fly from Alex Raburn put the visitors ahead 7-1 and signaled the end of Suarez' night.

The Tar Heels (32-22, 15-14 ACC) struck for three runs off freshman reliever Danny Garcia in the third to jump out to a 10-1 lead.

Sophomore Enrique Sosa (1.2 innings, two strikeouts) and freshman Derik Beauprez (3.1 innings, career-high six strikeouts) pitched well in relief, but Miami's offense could not muster a comeback after a thrilling come-from-behind win in game one. The Hurricanes were stymied by a standout performance from Moss, who struck out nine batters over 7.0 innings

Miami tagged UNC reliever A.J. Bogucki for a run in the eighth, as the career-first RBI double from Laz Rivera scored Brad Zunica all the way from first to make it 11-2.

Johnny Ruiz finished the night 2-for-4, but Miami was out-hit by Carolina 14-6 on the night.

The Hurricanes will wrap up their regular season schedule Saturday with game three against the visiting Tar Heels. First pitch for the finale - set for broadcast on ESPNU - is set for noon.

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TALLAHASSEE, FL (DUKE) -- The Duke baseball team nearly erased a six-run deficit in the ninth, but No. 4 Florida State held on for the 9-8 victory to clinch the series Friday evening at Dick Howser Stadium.

Trailing 9-3 and down to its final three outs, Duke (31-23, 15-14 ACC) put a scare into the Seminoles with five runs on three hits and two errors in the frame. With two outs, redshirt junior Chris Marconcini’s fly ball to deep right center came up just shy of a two-run homer as FSU centerfielder Ben DeLuzio corralled the ball on the warning track for the final out of the game.

DJ Stewart and Jose Brizuela combined for seven hits to help the Florida State (41-13, 21-8 ACC) cause. Stewart tied his career high with four hits, while Brizuela matched his career standard with three. The duo also combined for three runs and five RBI to power the Seminoles.

Duke scored lone runs in the third, fourth and seventh innings, but the Seminoles plated multiple runs in the bottom half of each frame to counter the Blue Devils and build the six-run advantage.

Redshirt senior Ryan Deitrich registered a solo home run, his sixth of the season, and two doubles to pace the Duke offense. Redshirt junior Chris Marconcini chipped in with two doubles of his own, while junior Andy Perez was 2-for-4 with a stolen base.

Florida State loaded the bases on a single and a pair of walks in the second before Drew Van Orden (5-5) fielded a Josh Delph grounder to escape unscathed. Deitrich then put Duke ahead with one swing of the bat, sending a 2-2 pitch over the wall in left. The long ball was just the third allowed by FSU starter Mike Compton (7-1) this season. Compton tossed 5.1 innings, scattering seven hits while allowing two runs.

Duke’s first advantage of the weekend did not survive the bottom half after FSU plated a pair. Stewart’s RBI double scored Casey Smit, who reached on a leadoff walk, to tie the game at one-all. Following a John Nogowski base hit, Brizuela lifted a sacrifice fly to center to give the Seminoles the lead.

Senior Matt Berezo delivered the clutch, two-out hit the following frame. Berezo’s single through the right side scored Marconcini after the right fielder drilled his second double of the game off the right field wall. Duke nearly tied the game earlier, but Florida State gunned down Perez at the plate trying to score from second on Marconcini’s double.

Florida State broke the 2-2 tie in the bottom of the fourth, scoring two runs on three hits. Delph and Stewart both singled, and Nogowski and Brizuela drove them in with a sacrifice fly and RBI base hit, respectively.

Senior David Perkins recorded his eighth RBI of the season to narrow the deficit to 5-3 in the seventh. Perkins’ RBI groundout scored junior Grant McCabe after the centerfielder singled and reached third on a Deitrich double.

The Seminoles responded with authority in the bottom of the seventh, tacking on four runs for a sizeable 9-3 advantage. Back-to-back walks started the frame and Delph knocked a two-run double down the right field line. Stewart added his fourth RBI with a base hit and DeLuzio matched his teammate with an RBI base knock of his own.

Duke made it a game late with a five-run ninth. Following a Berezo single and Rosenfeld walk, Deitrich roped an RBI double to left. Freshman Cris Perez picked up his sixth RBI of the season with a sacrifice fly to plate Rosenfeld and Lumpa reached on an error to keep the inning alive. Betts laced his 19th double of the season to left, scoring both Lumpa and Perez to make it 9-8 prior to Marconcini’s deep fly ball.

Van Orden ultimately suffered the loss, yielding four runs on seven hits over 4.2 innings. Freshman J.R. Holloway pitched 1.1 solid innings in relief, retiring all four batters he faced with two strikeouts.

Duke and Florida State wrap up the series Saturday at 1 p.m. at Dick Howser Stadium.

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ATLANTA (UNCW) -- Senior pole vaulter Kevin Webb cleared a personal best height in his final career appearance Friday as 13 members of the UNCW track and field teams wrapped up the first day of the Georgia Tech Invitational at the George C. Griffin Track.

The Seahawks tuned up for the upcoming NCAA Regionals by traveling to the highly competitive meet. With five student-athletes owning qualifying marks for the NCAA meet in Jacksonville, Fla., this weekend’s competition serves as an opportunity for more to make the regionals.

“The conditions were chilly and windy, but we competed well today,” said veteran Head Coach Jim Sprecher. “Our performances weren’t as good as we had hoped. It’s a strong field and you can’t control the weather. We still competed well.”

Webb, from Chesapeake, Va., topped his previous best by one inch with a height of 15-8 in Atlanta. He beat the personal mark he set during a home meet last year.

In other action Friday, senior sprinter Meena Reid of Gastonia, N.C., finished fifth overall in the prelims of the 100 Meters with a time of 11.72 and came in eighth in the finals at 11.95.

Sophomore hurdler Matt Foster won his heat in the trials of the 110 Hurdles with a 14.4 time, but didn’t qualify for the finals.

Several Seahawks will be in action Saturday when the Women’s High Jump (Margaret Edwards, Emily Kimble), Men’s Triple Jump (Aerial Chatman), Men’s 800 Meters (Dylan Skinner), Men’s 400 Hurdles (Matt Foster, Hezekiah Ward, Cody Love) and Women’s 200 Meters (Meena Reid) are staged on Georgia Tech’s campus.

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BURLINGTON, IA (CFCC RELEASE) -- The Cape Fear Community College men’s golf team saved their best for last Friday afternoon as the Sea Devils used four strong performances to finish 14th out of the 22 teams competing from across the country at this year’s National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament.

After posting a 317 on Thursday, Zach Joines, Tanner Pearson, Matt Elliott and Jace Durham shaved 15 shots off their previous round to move up three spots on the overall team leaderboard at Spirit Hollow Golf Course in Burlington, Iowa.

With the players starting on the back-nine for the final day over the event, Pearson shot a one-under 35 on the back nine to finish the round with a plus-one.

Pearson sandwiched a bogey in between birdies on holes one and five after shooting two over on the back nine. A strong outing by Durham also played a huge role in the Sea Devils move up the final standings with 76, seven strokes better than round three and his tournament low for the week, while Joines and Elliott stayed consistent throughout the four day tournament with a plus-four and plus-five to close out the final round. Joines and Pearson both finished in a tie for the 30th among the 120 individual players and Elliott finish tied for 31st. Elliott rounded out the scoring with a 77 after bogeying the final four holes of the event.
Drew Howerton also finished his season with an 84.

CFCC team score: 326-312-317-302=1257 (14th)
Individual scores (par 72)
Zach Joines- 78-77-79-76
Matt Elliott- 81-75-78-77
Tanner Pearson- 83-77-77-73
Jace Durham- 84-83-83-76
Broc Howerton 85-86-86-84

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