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WWAY's Friday night sports - April 11; UNCW rolls in baseball, Betts gets RBI off Rodon & more

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Friday Scoreboard

High School Girls Soccer
WHITEVILLE 10 - SOUTH COLUMBUS 0
SW ONSLOW 9 - NORTH BRUNSWICK 0

High School Boys Lacrosse
ASHLEY 9 - NEW HANOVER 8
CAPE FEAR ACADEMY 10 - EPIPHANY 0
LANEY 21 - TOPSAIL 1

High School Girls Lacrosse
ASHLEY 15 - NEW HANOVER 3
PEYTON LECOMPTE HAD 6 GOALS FOR ASHLEY

High School Softball
NORTH BRUNSWICK 15 - SW ONSLOW 2
FAIRMONT 5 - EAST COLUMBUS 4
WEST BLADEN 1 - WALLACE-ROSE HILL 0

High School Baseball
TOPSAIL 8 - LANEY 2
NEW HANOVER 2 - ASHLEY 1 ** Click icon for video
WEST BRUNSWICK 6 - SOUTH BRUNSWICK 3
NORTH BRUNSWICK 11 - SW ONSLOW 0 ** Click icon for video
WHITEVILLE 18 - RED SPRINGS 1
FAIRMONT 10 - EAST COLUMBUS 0
WEST COLUMBUS 13 - ST. PAULS 3
EAST BLADEN 6 - CLINTON 5
WALLACE-ROSE HILL 2 - WEST BLADEN 0

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WALLACE, NC (UNCW) -- UNCW senior Payne McLeod fought off a tough second round to remain in the top-five at the River Landing Intercollegiate on Friday in Wallace, North Carolina.

McLeod opened his two-round day with a four-under-par 68, but as windy conditions grew at the course, he carded a three-over-par 75 in the second round and will enter Saturday’s final round just two strokes off the lead.

VCU’s Adam Ball owns the medalist lead after two rounds following a steady 70-71=141 on Friday. VCU also holds the team lead by four strokes over East Carolina. UNCW trails Campbell for sixth by two strokes.

UNCW Results: T4. Payne McLeod (68-75=143); T34. Preston Harrington (76-77=153); T34. Trey Guy (78-75=153); T39. Ryan Nagy (80-74=154); T47. Stefan Brewer (76-80=156)

UNCW individuals:T29. Josh Woodfox (79-73=152); T39. Thomas Lilly (78-76=154); Jens Geweke (87-84=171)

Team results: 1. VCU (287-291=578); 2. East Carolina (293-289=582); 3. Tulsa (299-290=589); 4. Winthrop (289-304=593); 5. Maryland (294-301=595); 6. Campbell (301-296=597); 7. UNCW 298-301=599); Loyola (Md.) (300-301=601); 9. Richmond (304-301=605); 10. George Mason (307-305=612)

Individual leaderboard: 1. Adam Ball (VCU) 70-71=141; T2. Wesley Conover (ECU) 69-73=142; T2. Taylor Dickson (Winthrop) 72-70=142; T4. Payne McLeod (UNCW) 68-75=143; T4. Sean Bosdosh (UM) 70-73=143; 6. Jacob Hicks (ECU) 73-71=144; 7. Matt Ball, Jr. (VCU) 70-75=145; T8. Enej Sarkanj (VCU) 74-72=146; T8. Andrew Stein (UM) 75-71=146; T8. Mark Mumford (Tulsa) 75-71=146; T8. Eric Brady (ECU) 74-72=146

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– Casey Golden homered and knocked in four runs while Mat Batts scattered eight hits and struck out eight over seven innings as UNCW topped visiting Hofstra, 9-2, in Friday’s Colonial Athletic Association series opener at Brooks Field.

The Seahawks improved to 17-16 overall and 3-3 in the league with their third consecutive win. The Pride dipped to 11-12 and 1-3 in the CAA.

Batts (2-2) won his second consecutive start while surrendering two runs. He walked one and struck out eight to improve his league-leading total to 69.

Nick Kozlowski (5-2) suffered his second loss of the season and struggled from the onset with his command. The righthander walked seven and allowed just one hit in three-plus innings. UNCW scored five runs against him with four being earned.

The Seahawks managed just five hits on the evening with Luke Dunlap going 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Steven Linkous also drove in two runs and scored twice.

Up next: The series continues on Saturday with a 2 p.m. start. Christian MacDonald (1-3) will make his second start of the season for the Seahawks while Hofstra counters with David D’Errico (0-1), who will also be making his second start for the Pride. UNCW will honor the 2004 CAA Championship team prior to the game.

How it happened: Hofstra tied the game in the top of the second with an unearned run, but UNCW opened the bottom of the frame with walks to Linkous and Drew Farber. Golden followed with his second homer of the season scoring the runners in front of him for a 4-1 lead UNCW would never surrender.

Inside the box score: Batts allowed the leadoff hitter to reach safely twice over seven innings, but did surrender six hits with two outs … UNCW was able to advance 15-of-21 base runners on the night and scored three two-out runs … The Seahawks drew a season-high 11 walks and struck out just twice … UNCW turned three double plays totaling eight over its last three games.

Notes: Reliever Jared Gesell tossed two-innings of one-hit relief for UNCW … Golden pushed his current hitting streak to seven … UNCW now leads the all-time series with Hofstra, 28-7 … Both teams combined for five errors, Hofstra and UNCW entered the series ranked second and third, respectively, in the CAA … Batts moved into fourth on UNCW’s strikeout list with 271 career strikeouts.

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -- No. 45 UNCW tuned up for next week’s Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Tennis Championships by defeating UNC Charlotte, 5-2, in a five-hour marathon late Friday.

The Seahawks closed out the regular season with their seventh consecutive victory to raise their record to 13-6. It marked the final home appearance for Seahawk seniors Rafael Aita, Matt Kealy and Pedro Mol. UNCC dropped to 11-6.

“Today was an unbelievable college tennis match and an absolute battle,” said seventh-year UNCW Head Coach Mait DuBois. “Charlotte pushed us to the very brink and we were fortunate to get the win today.

“It was a very emotional day for us since it was ‘Senior Day’ and it showed with our tennis being very up and down. After fighting off a coupIe match points for the doubles point, we had match point and couldn’t execute it. Then we lost the first set on four courts in singles before starting to get some momentum going.”

The Seahawks trailed in Friday’s match, 2-0, until rallying in singles and nailing down the clinching point courtesy of a three-set triumph from sophomore Santtu Leskinen at No. 4 singles.

UNCW dropped the doubles point for just the eighth time this season when the 49ers posted wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. After splitting the first two matches off the court, UNCC’s Jordi Massalle Ferrer and Kamil Khalil outlasted Mol and partner Kaue Pereira, 8-7 (6), at the top of the lineup for the early lift.

The 49ers extended their lead to 2-0 after Ferrer beat Pereira at No. 3 singles, but the Seahawks regrouped and swept the final five singles matches to finish with a 10-1 record at home.

Zach Hublitz picked up UNCW’s first point at No. 6 singles by knocking off Paul Cisti, 7-6 (3), 6-0, and Aita, ranked 47th nationally, brought the Seahawks even with a 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-0, triumph against Forrest Edwards at No. 1 singles.

Mol gave the Seahawks the lead for good with a 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-3, verdict over Khalil at No. 2 singles before Leskinen rallied for his clutch three-setter against Alex Callot at No. 4 singles.

Sophomore Christiaan Van der Burgh of UNCW extended his winning streak to seven matches by edging Jack Williams, 4-6, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (3), in a long battle at No. 5 singles.

“I’m very pleased with how we competed and this kind of gritty win will definitely make us better,” DuBois added. “It’s exactly the kind of match we wanted to prepare us for the CAA Tournament.”

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DURHAM, NC (DUKE) -– Drew Van Orden shut out NC State for eight innings and struck out 11 to lead the Duke baseball team to a 2-0 win Friday evening at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Van Orden (3-3) surrendered just three hits and one walk and faced no more than four batters in any inning. He retired the final 10 batters he faced before senior closer Robert Huber wrapped up a scoreless ninth to preserve the win and his sixth save of the season.

“We talked again this week that this is one of the reasons [Van Orden] passed up pro ball and came back,” said head coach Chris Pollard. “To get a chance to come back and go head-to-head with arguably the best pitcher in college baseball, and go toe-to-toe with him. He wanted that opportunity and that’s why he decided to come back. And I’m proud of him. I’m proud not only that he came back, but that he’s taken advantage of the opportunity.”

The win improved Duke’s home win streak to 10 games, including seven straight ACC victories. The Blue Devils (19-16, 8-8 ACC) are now 4-0 in Friday home games, including league wins over No. 19 North Carolina and Notre Dame.

David Perkins and Jordan Betts provided the offense for Duke with Perkins putting Duke on the board with a solo home run in the second inning and Betts adding an RBI single in the third. Duke totaled six hits against NC State starter Carlos Rodon (2-6), who worked 7.2 innings and struck out 12.

Perkins gave Duke the lead in the bottom of the second, blasting his first home run of the season to straightaway center field. The long ball was only the second allowed by NC State starter Carlos Rodon this season and provided Van Orden all the run support he would need.

NC State had a chance to tie the game in the top of the third, but Duke left fielder Ryan Deitrich cut down the potential run at the plate for his team-leading fourth outfield assist of the season. Deitrich misplayed a fly ball on the warning track that allowed Nathan Hood to reach second base, but he made up for the error two batters later when he gunned down Hood at the plate to spoil the Wolfpack's potential sacrifice fly opportunity.

Betts padded Duke’s lead with a one-out RBI single in the bottom of the third for his 14th RBI of the season. The tweener through the right side scored Mike Rosenfeld, who led off the inning with a single and a two-base error that moved him to third base. The leadoff knock was one of two hits in the game for Rosenfeld.

With a 2-0 lead in hand, Van Orden retired 15 of the next 17 batters he saw to keep the shutout intact heading into the ninth. The 6-3 righthander surrendered just one hit over his final five frames and wrapped up the fourth and fifth innings with back-to-back strikeouts.

Rodon settled down after the third, holding Duke scoreless for the rest of his outing. The All-ACC first team selection did not allow a hit over his final 3.2 innings, but Van Orden was able to match him pitch for pitch to maintain the shutout.

Huber entered the game to start the ninth and rebounded from a hit batter that started the inning to retire the next three hitters. His strikeout of NC State cleanup hitter Preston Palmeiro gave him 26 punchouts in 24.0 innings this season, while the scoreless ninth inning dropped his ERA to 1.17.

Duke and NC State will square off in game two of the series Saturday at 1 p.m. at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Duke southpaw Trent Swart (2-1, 1.29 ERA) will take the mound for the Blue Devils opposite NC State lefthander Ryan Williamson (1-0, 0.96 ERA).

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