In a game that had an unusual twist of spanning two separate days, Dillon Frye (2-2) (LCHS) combined with teammate Mitchell Buerosse to record a perfect game in Nova Southeastern’s 15-0 blanking of Palm Beach University this weekend.
Frye started the third game of the series with the Sailfish on Saturday afternoon, retiring the side in the first. However, rain stopped him from throwing another pitch and the game was pushed to Sunday afternoon where teammate Buerosse completed the shutout. Frye recorded one strikeout in his inning of work. The Sharks (24-7, 8-4) would finish the series 2-1, falling to the Sailfish 4-3 in 13 innings in game one, but winning the final two games of the series, 20-5 and 15-0.
Nova will travel to Lakeland, Fla., this weekend for a three-game series against Florida Southern.
Nick Durazo (LCHS) and East Carolina (16-11, 6-3) earned four non-conference victories last week, downing North Carolina Central, 12-5, then sweeping University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 13-3, 6-0 and 2-1. The Pirates’ fifth game against UNC Wilmington was postponed due to weather. Durazo was called from the bullpen to seal the Pirates’ 13-3 win over the Retrievers, pitching a scoreless ninth inning to lock up the Pirates’ fifth win in a row. ECU will play all four of its games on the road this week as they travel to Raleigh to face N.C. State on Wednesday, and then head to Houston to play a three-game series with Rice this weekend.
Justin Cox (SLHS) and Ferrum College (16-7, 13-2) fell to Roanoke College, 16-5, last week. The Panthers will play their third game in as many weeks against Roanoke on Wednesday before traveling to Stone Mountain, Ga., to face Covenant College for a three-game series.
Jared Kehagias (SLHS), Jacobi Harris (Northwood), Kory Wood (Overhills) and N.C. Central (9-17-1, 6-5) struggled in non-conference play this past week, losing to East Carolina, 12-5, and then swept by Alabama State, 3-2, 14-1 and 9-8. Against the Pirates, Wood and Harris would split time in centerfield with Wood going 1-1 at the plate and Harris going 0-3. Kehagias would come on to play third, going 0-1 at the plate. Versus the Hornets, Wood started the entire series in centerfield, going 1-8 with one RBI. Kehagias would start game two at third, finishing 1-4 at the plate. The Eagles will host five games this week, playing Virginia State in a doubleheader on Wednesday and then welcoming N.C. A&T for a three-game series this weekend.
Alex Scott (LCHS), Conner Gaines (SLHS) and Wake Tech
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(9-15, 4-8) picked up two wins last week, downing Peace College 3-0 and Guilford Tech 4-1. Against the Pacers, Scott batted cleanup and went 1-2, scoring one run. The Eagles will play a three-game series with Southeastern CC – Whiteville this weekend.
Jennibeth Burge (SLHS), Lauren Martin (NHS), Caroline Womble (WHHS), Taylor Hains (WHHS) and Peace College (10-16, 6-8) finished 4-0 last week, sweeping Mary Baldwin, 9-0 and 20-4, and Methodist, 9-5 and 8-2. On the week, Burge started at shortstop, finishing 3-13, scoring four runs and two RBI. Womble covered second base, going 3-10, scoring three runs. Hains served as a designated hitter, finishing 2-5, scoring two runs. Burge currently leads the team in home runs with four, is third in RBI with 21 and fourth in hits with 28. Womble is tied for third with runs scored with 15. The Pacers will have a full slate of doubleheaders this week, celebrating Senior Day today by hosting N.C. Wesleyan, then traveling to Averett on Wednesday, Salem on Saturday and Ferrum on Sunday.
Micah Lawrence (LCHS) and Barton College will be playing day two of the Campbell Oil Classic at the River Landing River Course in Wallace, N.C.
Keely Wood (SLHS) represented Wingate University this past weekend competing in the Raleigh Relays on the campus of N.C. State. Wood ran in the 5000-meter run, finishing 17th out of 34 runners in her sectional with a time of 18:18.36. Wood will take off this week and then return to action running individually for Wingate on April 12 at the Chanticleer Classic on the campus of Coastal Carolina in Conway, S.C.
Dequan Swann (LCHS) and N.C. A&T will host their annual spring game and pig picking this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Aggie Stadium. The event is free and open to the public. The Aggies were also excited to announce last week that they have accepted an invitation to open their season by playing in the 10th Annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge in Orlando, Fla., on Aug. 31 where A&T will face Alabama A&M. The game will be televised on ESPN.
Danny Dillon (LCHS), Dalton Brown (NHS) and Campbell University will wrap up their spring practices with the annual Orange and Black spring game scheduled for Monday, April 7, at 7 p.m. at Barker –Lane Stadium in Buies Creek.
Darcus Elliott (NHS), Ashton Gaines (SLHS), Ulyess Upchurch (LCHS), Cody Lanier (LCHS), Pete West (LCHS) and the UNC Pembroke Braves are wrapping up their spring practices the next two weeks and will hold their annual Black and Gold Spring Game on April 12 at 1 p.m.