Smith wraps up career with Virginia Tech
For the last four years, Bkaye Smith (SLHS) has been considered one of the top infielders in the ACC, having started her career with Virginia Tech at second base and eventually moving to shortstop by her junior year.
With a 1-0 loss to Kentucky in the NCAA Lexington Regional, Smith and three other Hokie seniors saw their collegiate softball careers finally come to close. The quartet helped Tech to 142 wins and two NCAA tournament appearances during their four years in Blacksburg.
Smith finishes her career with the Hokies having started in 229 out of 233 games including all 59 games this season. She's earned spots on the All-ACC Academic softball team and ACC Academic Honor Roll multiple years in a row. In the 2013 season, she hit a career high .273 from the plate, while leading Tech in triples with four, was third in RBIs with 27, tied for fourth in doubles with seven and finished fifth in runs scored with 24 and hits with 42. She finished the season with 10 multi-hit games and seven multi RBI games.
In the field she was featured at shortstop where she led the team in assists with 113 and finished fifth in outs with 79. Her golden glove earned her a spot on ESPN’s “SportsCenter Top Ten Plays” this spring where against Virginia she made a diving grab and throw for an out. Smith will be graduating from Tech this semester with a degree in Biology.
Dillon Frye (LCHS) and 5th-ranked N.C. State (44-14, 19-10) did not get the finish they wanted in the 2013 ACC Championships, however they did help set a new ACC record and qualify to be a NCAA Tournament Regional host.
In the first game of the ACC Tournament, the Wolfpack downed Clemson 6-3 and then easily dispatched Miami in game two 7-1. In the third game, State entered into a slug fest with Carolina that lasted 18 innings, a new ACC Tournament record, with the Wolfpack ultimately succumbing to the Tarheels 2-1.
State’s 43-win season ranks as its second-most wins in a season in program history. State has been selected as one of the 16 NCAA Championship Regional sites, a role its earned four times in the past 10 years. They were one of the five ACC teams to earn a host bid. Game pairings were released Monday at noon.
Nick Durazo (LCHS) and East Carolina (31-26, 14-10) wrapped up their 2013 season going 1-2 in Conference USA Tournament play. The Pirates got off to a rough start dropping games against Houston 9-4 and Tulane 6-5 before picking up a final victory on the season downing Southern Miss 8-7. Durazo finishes his Freshman season with ECU going 1-4 from the mound.
Russell Clark (LCHS) and 28th-ranked Campbell University (46-10, 19-5) made it all the way to the Big South championship game but then came up short, falling to Liberty 2-1, ending the Camel’s 12-game winning streak. Ashton Perritt notched a RBI single in the top of the ninth inning to give Liberty the win. The Flames received the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship Tournament.
Campbell’s run to the championship game included wins over Charleston Southern 4-0, Radford 4-3 and Longwood 8-6. This was Campbell’s fourth Big South championship game appearance having previously won the title in 1988 and 1990.
Stanton McDuffie (LCHS) and the N.C. State Bass Pack had high hopes of defending their College Bass Fishing National Championship this past week at Lake Pickwick in Florence, Ala. but it wasn’t meant to be. State’s teams finished fifth, sixth and 68th out of the 158-team field. McDuffie and his fishing teammate Clint Benbow registered four fish weighing in at 20.51 pounds to claim the 68th spot.
Bethel University won this year’s National Championship catching their limit and weighing in at 46.76 pounds. Their five fish offering included a 7.87-pound behemoth, the biggest fish caught in the tournament.