On Campus 3/26/13

Mar. 26, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Akeem Richmond (SLHS) joined an elite group by hitting his 100th 3-pointer in East Carolina University’s second-round Collegeinsider.com post- season tournament win over Rider, 75-64, giving the Pirates their first 20-win season since 1953.

Richmond finished with eight points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals in 28 minutes of play, becoming just the 12th player in Conference USA history to hit 100 threes in a season. Earlier in the week, Richmond scored 14 points and stripped the ball from Rashad Hassen as time expired to help ECU (20-12, 9-7) narrowly slip past Savannah State, 66-65, in the first round of the Collegeinsider.com tournament. This marked Richmond’s eighth consecutive game with four or more three pointers; he also scored double figures for the ninth-straight game.

The win gave ECU its first-ever Division I postseason victory in five appearances. The Pirates, who joined the NCAA Division I ranks in 1965, had not won a postseason game since defeating Erskine to win the 1954 NAIA District 26 championship.

ECU will now face Loyola tonight at 7 p.m. in quarterfinal action. The semifinal games will be played March 29-30, with the championship game to be played on April 2 and televised by CBS Sports Network.

Baseball

Nick Durazo (0-2) (LCHS) and East Carolina (11-13, 0-3) fell on hard times this week, going 0-5 with losses to UNC Wilmington 10-3, High Point 4-2 and a three-game sweep by Houston, 7-2, 4-3 and 5-4. Durazo suffered his second loss of the season against High Point, pitching 5.1 innings, giving up four hits, four runs and striking out four. The Pirates will play four games this week, facing William and Mary today, traveling to Elon on Wednesday, and then playing a two-game series with North Carolina Central this weekend.

Justin Cox (SLHS) and Ferrum College (11-17, 5-15) finished 1-3 last week, suffering losses to Southern Virginia University 5-0, and going 1-2 against Piedmont College, losing the first two games 4-3 and 11-1 before winning their final game of the week 9-1. Cox finished 4-16 in the Piedmont series, scoring three runs and accounting for 10 outs from centerfield. The Panthers will play a three-game series with North Carolina Wesleyan this weekend. 

Josh Kelly (LCHS) and the 16th-ranked Appalachian State Club baseball team (4-3) went 2-1 against Vanderbilt this weekend, winning the first two games, 2-1 and 10-0, before dropping the last game, 7-4. Kelly played second base the first two games, going 2-2 from the plate and scoring an RBI. He pitched three innings in game three, striking out three and giving up one earned run and two walks.

Dillon Frye (LCHS) and 16th-ranked NC State (16-9, 3-6) went winless this week, falling to UNC Greensboro 8-5 in 11 innings and were swept three games by the University of Virginia, 8-2, 4-3 and 6-3. Frye saw action in game one against the Cavaliers, facing two batters, giving up one hit. The Wolfpack will travel to UNC Wilmington on Wednesday before hosting Maryland for a three-games series this weekend.

Russell Clark (LCHS) and Campbell University (21-3, 5-1) finished a perfect 5-0 last week, defeating Rider College, 14-6 and 4-3, and then swept UNC Asheville, 4-1, 12-8 and 5-4. The Fighting Camels will have a four-game homestand this week, hosting Duke today for a 6 p.m. game and Radford this weekend for a three-game series.

Garrett Verrelli (LCHS) and the UNC Chapel Hill club baseball team (10-0) finished 3-0 last week, defeating Elon, 7-0, and sweeping Methodist, 13-0 and 14-3. The Tar Heels played Louisburg yesterday and will face East Carolina this weekend for a three-game series.

Softball

Bkaye Smith (SLHS) and 19th-ranked Virginia Tech (18-6, 0-2) opened ACC play on a disappointing note, dropping two games to N.C. State, 10-2 and 9-2. Smith scored both of Tech’s runs in the second game, going 2-3 with 2 RBI and a triple. Tech would only collect three hits on the day, with Smith accounting for two of them. She finished the series 2-5 from the plate while recording two outs and four assists defensively at shortstop. The Lady Hokies will step out of conference play to host Kent tonight for a doubleheader, and then return to ACC play this weekend with a three-game series at North Carolina.

Golf

Micah Lawrence (LCHS) and the 20th-ranked Barton College Bulldogs finished second in the Barton Intercollegiate at the Wilson Country Club behind tournament winner King College. Lawrence led the Bulldog B Team on day one with a 74, hitting 10 fairways and 13 greens. On day two, he helped the Bulldogs to the second lowest round of the day, with a 292, by shooting a 75. Barton will play in day two of the Bearcat Golf Classic today in Greenwood, S.C.

Karli Heimbecker (SLHS) and the University of South Florida will play day two of the Briar’s Creek Intercollegiate in Charleston, S.C., today.