UNCW baseball wins CAA tourney opener; Whiteville advances in soccer playoffs

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Submitted: Thu, 05/22/2014 - 3:32am
Updated: Thu, 05/22/2014 - 3:58am

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WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — The Whiteville girls soccer team beat Woods Charter 4-0 on Wednesday in the third round of the high school state playoffs. Click the play video icon to see our game action between the Wolfpack and the Wolves.


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Here’s the schedule for the CAA Baseball Championship at UNCW’s Brooks Field for Thursday.

12:00 Delaware vs. William & Mary
3:30 UNCW vs. College of Charleston
7:00 Northeastern vs. ??


WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) — Freshman Teddy Cillis’ two-out single in the bottom of the 10th lifted UNCW to a 11-10 win over James Madison in the second game of the Colonial Athletic Association baseball tournament on Wednesday at Brooks Field.

The Seahawks improved to 29-25 with the walk-off win while the Dukes dropped to 17-35. UNCW advanced to game five of the tournament on Friday at 3:30 p.m. against the College of Charleston. JMU faces Northeastern in an elimination game Wednesday evening.

In the Seahawk tenth, JMU reliever Mark Gunst (2-8) struck out the first two hitters before Ryan LaGrange singled to begin the rally. A wild pitch moved him to second and Cillis followed with a single, his third hit of the game, to right center to plate LaGrange.

UNCW senior reliever William Prince (2-0) earned the win, retiring all four batters he faced out of the bullpen.

Both teams combined for 30 hits on the game, each with 15. Leading the Seahawk lineup was senior Drew Farber, who finished with a season-high four hits while freshman Casey Golden added three and LaGrange and Andy Austin, each with two hits. Farber and LaGrange both scored three runs.

JMU senior Ty MacFarland collected four hits and knocked in three runs. Kevin Husum added three hits while Kyle Weston was 2-for-2 and scored three runs.

Inside the box score: JMU had eight hits with two out and knocked in eight runs with two out … Both teams landed their leadoff hitter on base safely in five innings … JMU plated seven runs in the sixth, but UNCW outscored the Dukes, 7-2, over their final four and one-half innings.

Notes: UNCW improved to 41-56 all-time against the Dukes … The Seahawks are 5-8 against JMU in the CAA tournament … Today was Farber’s first four-hit game of the season and his seventh multi-hit game … Casey Golden extended his current hitting streak to six games while extending his on base streak to six games, also … Ryan LaGrange has reached safely in seven straight games … UNCW used 18 players on its 27-man roster.


ATHENS, GA (UNCW) — ATHENS, Georgia – Georgia’s Nathan Pasha defeated UNCW senior Rafael Aita in straight sets in a first-round match of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Tennis Singles Championships Wednesday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

The 50th-ranked Aita, making his second straight appearance in the 64-player field, closed out his storied career with the 6-3, 6-4 narrow loss.

Pasha, rated No. 30 by the ITA, was one of four Bulldogs competing in the singles and doubles draws. The junior improved to 10-9 in dual matches this spring, including nine ranked wins.

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.

The two-time CAA Player-of-the-Year closed out the season with a 14-6 singles record and 64 career singles victories, just one shy of the school record.

Georgia players, meanwhile, have won the NCAA singles title four times: Mikael Pernfors in 1984 and 1985 and Matias Boeker in 2001 and 2002. Pernfors beat teammate George Bezecny for the crown in 1985.


GREENSBORO, NC (AP) – Brandon Gold hit a two-run single in the eighth inning to help Georgia Tech rally past top-seeded Miami 6-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

The ninth-seeded Yellow Jackets (34-24) had to beat Wake Forest in Tuesday’s elimination round to reach pool play and trailed 3-1 against the Hurricanes (40-16) Wednesday. But they scored two runs in the seventh to tie it, then added an insurance run in the ninth on Matt Gonzalez’s RBI single.

Ryan Peurifoy went 4-for-4 for the Yellow Jackets, while Josh Heddinger (4-4) took the win by allowing three runs on seven hits in seven innings.

Dale Carey had three hits for Miami, which had won 27 of 30 and owned the No. 1 seed for the first time since winning the 2008 title.

Reliever Cooper Hammond (5-1) took the loss.

Georgia Tech faces fourth-seeded Duke on Thursday in Pool A, while Miami faces fifth-seeded Clemson.

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GREENSBORO, NC (AP) – Tyler Krieger and Steven Duggar each drove in two runs, and Clemson beat Duke 5-3 on Wednesday in their Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament opener.

The fifth-seeded Tigers (35-22) will play top-seeded Miami on Thursday night after fourth-seeded Duke (32-24) faces ninth-seeded Georgia Tech.

Duke had runners on first and third in the ninth after Ryan Deitrich’s two-out RBI single pulled the Blue Devils within two, but reliever Matt Campbell got Mike Rosenfeld’s fly out to end it.

Chris Okey and Weston Wilson hit one-out singles in Clemson’s fifth, and Krieger made it 3-2 with his two-run double to right field off Michael Matuella (1-3).

Duggar added a two-run single in the ninth off Andrew Istler.

Garrett Boulware pulled Clemson to 2-1 with an RBI single in the fourth.

Deitrich also hit a two-run homer in the second.

Matthew Crownover (8-5) struck out nine in 7 2-3 innings for Clemson.

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GREENSBORO, NC (AP) – Billy Strode threw six scoreless innings to help Florida State beat North Carolina 7-1 on Wednesday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Strode (2-1) allowed four hits for the second-seeded Seminoles (42-14), who blew the game open with a four-run fourth inning. Danny De La Calle hit a two-run double while Casey Smit added an RBI single that helped FSU build a 5-0 lead.

Justin Gonzalez also drove in two runs, had two hits and scored two runs for Florida State.

Alex Raburn had two hits and drove in the only run for the seventh-seeded Tar Heels (33-24), who advanced to pool play by beating rival North Carolina State in Tuesday’s elimination round.

Taylore Cherry (2-3) allowed seven hits and six runs in 5 1-3 innings for the Tar Heels, the reigning tournament champions.

FSU will face sixth-seeded Maryland on Friday, while UNC will play third-seeded Virginia.

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HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — Topsail director of athletics B.J. Horne has decided to step down after four years on the job. Horne intends to remain at Topsail as a special eduction teacher. He tells WWAY that he’s looking forward to spending more time with hiswife and two year daughter.


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