Tuesday’s recap for the state playoffs; handful of local teams getting closer to a state title

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Submitted: Wed, 05/21/2014 - 3:35am
Updated: Fri, 07/17/2015 - 10:48am

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Tuesday’s scoreboard for the state playoffs

MIDWAY 4 – NORTH BRUNSWICK 3 **Click icon to see video
ROSE 6 – HOGGARD 4 **Click icon to see video

SOUTH COLUMBUS 17 – NORTH BRUNSWICK 4 **Click icon to see video
WHITEVILLE 7 – TRASK 3 **Click icon to see video

Girls Soccer


WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– UNCW senior Mat Batts was named Colonial Athletic Association Pitcher-of-the-Year for the second consecutive season at the league’s awards banquet on Tuesday at the Burney Center on the campus of UNCW.

Also earning All-CAA honors were junior designated hitter Luke Dunlap (second-team), senior third baseman/shortstop Ryan LaGrange (third-team) and freshman outfielder Casey Golden who made the All-Rookie squad. LaGrange was also named to the All-Academic team while Batts nabbed first-team honors for the second time.

Batts, who led the league in strikeouts for the third consecutive season, posted a 6-0 record against conference rivals and compiled a 1.37 ERA and held opponents to a .197 batting average. Overall, the lefthander went 6-3 with a 2.30 ERA and won his final six decisions in conference play. Batts is second among active pitchers in the nation with 334 career strikeouts.

Dunlap enters the CAA Baseball Championship with a team-leading .323 batting average and 15 doubles while scoring 21 runs and knocking in 22. In conference play, Dunlap is hitting at a .329 clip with eight doubles.

LaGrange, who split time between both spots on the left side of the infield, was tabbed as a utility player. In addition to hitting .286 with 11 doubles and tying for the team lead with five homers and 32 runs batted in, he committed just three errors in 161 total chances for a .981 fielding percentage. In CAA play, LaGrange hit .314 with two homers and a team-high 14 runs batted in. In the classroom, Ryan posted a 4.0 grade point average this past semester and will graduate with a 3.919 grade point average and a degree in chemistry. Golden, meanwhile, burst into the Seahawk lineup and responded with a .270 batting average. He led the Seahawks with 31 runs scored while hitting 11 doubles, a team-leading three triples and four home runs. His eight stolen bases are second on the club. Golden, who is playing his first season in the outfield, committed just one miscue in 129 total chances.


GREENSBORO, NC (AP) – Skye Bolt drove in two runs to help North Carolina beat North Carolina State 4-3 in an Atlantic Coast Conference tournament elimination game.

The seventh-seeded and reigning champion Tar Heels (33-23) advanced Tuesday to pool play to face second-seeded Florida State on Wednesday.

Brett Austin had three hits for the 10th-seeded Wolfpack (32-23), who began the year ranked No. 5 by Baseball America and hoped to return to the College World Series. But N.C. State is uncertain to make the NCAA tournament.

N.C. State stranded 11 runners and came out on the short end of a controversial play in which Trea Turner was called out while stealing home in the fifth. Coach Elliott Avent angrily confronted umpire Mark Chapman, while replays showed Turner appeared to beat the tag.

Reliever Zach Rice (2-2) earned the win, while starter Eric Peterson (4-4) took the loss after leaving early trailing 4-1.

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GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — Daniel Spingola’s two-run triple keyed a five-run second inning that lifted Georgia Tech past Wake Forest 5-3 in an Atlantic Coast Conference tournament play-in game.

The ninth-seeded Yellow Jackets (33-24) advanced into round-robin play at the tournament on Tuesday and will face top-seeded Miami on Wednesday.

Mitch Earnest hit an RBI double that scored Ryan Peurifoy, and Earnest and Brandon Gold scored one batter later on Spingola’s triple to right field.

Mott Hyde followed with a triple to score Spingola, and he scored on Matt Gonzalez’s single.

Kevin Conway had an RBI single in the third and Grant Shambley added a two-run single in the fifth for eighth-seeded Wake Forest (30-26).

Winner Sam Clay (4-1) relieved starter Matthew Grimes in the fifth and worked three scoreless innings. Losing pitcher Jack Fischer (4-7) allowed 11 hits in 5 1-3 innings.

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– Senior men’s tennis star Rafael Aita of UNCW returns to a familiar setting this week when he concludes his collegiate career at the NCAA Men’s Singles Championships in Athens, Ga.

The most decorated player in UNCW tennis history makes his second journey to the University of Georgia’s Dan Magill Tennis Complex after competing with the UNCW team in 2011 against Auburn.

Aita, No. 50 in the last ITA poll, will face Georgia’s Nathan Pasha, ranked 30th, on Wednesday, May 21, at 3 p.m. in a first-round match, with the winner taking on either Greg Andrews (Notre Dame) or Patrick Pradella (Baylor). Live video of the match may be found on NCAA.com.

“It’s more about being fresh this time of year and Rafa’s had a nice break,” said UNCW Head Coach Mait DuBois. Aita has not competed since the Seahawks lost to Penn State in the NCAA Regionals 11 days ago in Charlottesville, Va.

“He had a break and then he’s been training the last few days going into the tournament. It will be a very aggressive, big hitting match. Nathan Pasha is a very good player with a similar style to Rafa’s.

“Last year’s experience will help Rafa a lot. Being an All-American is one of the goals that he’s had and I think this is an excellent way for Rafa to finish his college playing career.”

Aita became the first UNCW player to earn an invitation to the NCAA’s elite event when he participated last spring in Urbana, Ill. The Lima, Peru, native fell to UCLA’s Dennis Novikov, 7-6 (9), 6-2, in an opening round match at the University of Illinois.

“Rafa likes playing here and he likes the big stage,” added DuBois. “He plays well in big matches, so it should be pretty exciting.”

Aita, who traveled with Peru’s Davis Cup Team in February, was one of 17 automatic qualifiers for the 64-player field.

The two-time CAA Player-of-the-Year owns a 14-5 singles record this spring with 64 career singles victories, one shy of the school record. He was voted Most Outstanding Performer at the 2014 CAA Championships by the league’s coaches and earlier this week was named recipient of the Thomas V. Mosley Award as UNCW’s outstanding male student-athlete.


WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek has announced the addition of Lindsay Foreman (Lauderhill, Fla./Calvary Christian), Taylor Simpson (Monroe, N.C./Piedmont (Cape Fear CC)) and Molly Tatum (Roxboro, N.C./Roxboro (Cape Fear CC)) to the roster for the 2014 season.

Simpson joins the program as a junior and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining while Tatum will transfer into the program as a sophomore with three years of eligibility. Foreman will begin her UNCW career as a freshman.

Complete information for all three players, along with comments from Coach Bambenek, can be found below.

Lindsay Foreman | 5-7 | Libero | Lauderhill, Fla. | Calvary Christian | Tribe Volleyball club

HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year starter at Calvary Christian … First-Team All-Broward County selection following junior and senior seasons … Led Eagles to back-to-back district titles for the first time in school history … Served as team captain for junior and senior campaigns … Averaged 3.42 kills … Also recorded 337 total digs during junior campaign … Named to honor roll at Calvary Christian … Also took AP and honors classes at Calary Christian.

CLUB: Led Tribe 18 squad to No. 1 regional ranking and fifth-place finish in gold division in Colorado Crossroads event.

Bambenek on Foreman: “Lindsay has incredible athletic talent. She has experience at both the Outside hitter and Libero positions, and will add tremendous effort and hustle to our defensive system.”

Taylor Simpson | 5-8 |Setter | Monroe, N.C. | Piedmont (Cape Fear CC) | Carolina Union Volleyball Club

CAPE FEAR COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Two-time First-Team All-Region X selection … Helped Sea Devils post 19-3 record and advance to Region X Tournament during 2013 season … Played in all 22 matches during sophomore season and averaged 2.46 digs, 1.42 assists and 0.42 service aces per set … Guided team to 17-5 mark and Region X Tournament during 2012 campaign … Averaged 6.80 assists, 2.27 digs and 0.42 service aces per frame as a freshman.

HIGH SCHOOL: Four-time First-Team All-Conference selection … Earned Conference Player-of-the-Year accolades in three straight seasons (2011-13) … Led Panthers to three straight conference titles.

Bambenek on Simpson: “We are excited about adding a local standout player from CFCC. Taylor is known to be a great court leader and teammate, and is willing to step up to the challenge of competing at the setter position for our team.”

Molly Tatum | 5-10 | Outside Hitter | Roxboro, N.C. | Roxboro, N.C. | Roxboro (Cape Fear CC) | NC Elite

CAPE FEAR COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Led Sea Devils to Helped Sea Devils post 19-3 record and advance to Region X Tournament during 2013 season … First-Team All-Region X selection … Coaches award recipient … Took part in all 22 matches … Finished season with 3.08 kills and 1.8 digs per set average.

HIGH SCHOOL: Led Roxboro to state playoff appearance during senior season … Set school record with 395 kills during senior season … Three-time All-Conference selection … Served as team captain for all three seasons … Selected as Wendy’s Senior Female Heisman Award Winner at Roxboro.

CLUB: Played for NC Elite … Helped guide club to AAU Classic Division U16 National Championship in 2011 … Named MVP of that event … Served as team captain … Recipient of program’s Commitment Award.

Bambenek on Tatum: “Molly comes from a strong history of volleyball in her family and this shows in her understanding of the game and very high volleyball IQ. She is a complete player and consistent in both her front and back row play. We are excited about having another proven North Carolina native join our Seahawk program. “


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