On Campus 3/12/13

Richmond breaks ECU season record
Mar. 12, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Akeem Richmond (SLHS) continues to break records in his first season with East Carolina, this time becoming the Pirates' leader in most three pointers made in a season with 87 — besting Sam Hinnant’s mark of 85 set in 2008. Richmond went 5-for-9 from behind the arc en route to finishing as ECUs second-leading scorer with 21 points in an 88-85 win over Tulane.

On breaking the school record, Richmond commented, “It's a big time accomplishment, I'm excited. It lets me know that my hard work has paid off, but I'm just excited we got the win. I'd rather have the win." The victory clinched the fourth spot in the conference and first- round bye in this week’s Conference USA tournament.

ECU would break another record later in the week with its 86-79 victory over Marshall, giving the Pirates 13 conference wins on the season, their most in program history. ECU would finish with a 9-7 conference record, marking its first winning conference record since joining the league in 2001. Other records set this week include 18 regular season victories, the most since 1994, and 13 home victories, setting a new record in that category as well.

In the Pirates' win over Marshall, Richmond broke the game open in the second half scoring seven straight points to break a 46-46 tie. He would finish with 18 points, four rebounds, one steal and one assist. Richmond completes the regular season as the Pirates' third-leading scorer with 305 points averaging 10.9 points per game. East Carolina will open the 2013 Conference USA Tournament at 9:30 p.m. Thursday at Tulsa.

Wrestling

Three-time All-American Mike Williams (SLHS) saw his plans of repeating as NCAA National Champion fall just short as the grappler finished third in the 174-pound class at the NCAA Division II Championships. Williams shook off a heartbreaking loss in the semifinals with two wins in the consolation bracket en route to his third-place accolades. He used a tiebreaker win to punch his ticket to Saturday's semifinal round, but then found himself on the other end of an overtime decision on Saturday as sixth-ranked Eric Burgey of Notre Dame, Ohio, registered a takedown in the first sudden victory period to send the UNCP senior to the consolation bracket. Williams avenged a loss in the NCAA Super Region I finals with a 4-0 shutout of East Stroudsburg's Brandon McKeown in Saturday's consolation semifinals, and then used a three-point near fall in the third-place match to upend top-ranked Elliott Copeland of Western State. Williams' performance helped him secure place winner honors for the fourth straight time on the national stage. Williams and teammate Daniel Owenby would help UNCP accumulate 17 points en route to Pembroke finishing in a two-way tie for 20th place in the team standings.

Softball

Bkaye Smith (SLHS) continued to have a hot bat at the plate, going 6-for-12 as Virginia Tech (15-2) finished 3-1 at the three-day Long Beach State Invitational Tournament, defeating Cal State Fullerton 3-2, Long Beach State 6-1 and upsetting ninth-ranked UCLA 2-1. The Hokies' only loss came in the final game to UNLV 3-1. Smith finished the tournament scoring three runs, hitting a triple and scoring Tech’s only run in its loss against UNLV on a two-out RBI. Defensively, she moved back to shortstop and contributed six outs and 10 assists. Virginia Tech will play in its final pre-conference tournament this weekend as the Hokies travel to Fullerton, Calif., to participate in the three-day Judi Garmin Classic, where they will face Arizona, Michigan, Arizona State, Pacific and Cal State Fullerton.

Basketball

Josh Mellette (SLHS) and Wake Tech (24-9, 11-3) closed out their 2013 season going 2-1 in the Region 10 Tournament in Hickory. The Eagles picked up wins over Rockingham CC 88-75 and Patrick Henry CC 67-60, before being ousted in the finals to Louisburg College 70-62.

Golf

Micah Lawrence (LCHS) and the 25th-ranked Barton College Bulldogs resumed their 2013 spring schedule several weeks ago. Lawrence opened the second half of the season with a strong showing at the Elizabeth City State University Spring Classic at Scotch Hall Preserve in Merry Hill, finishing tied for fifth with a four-over-par 76. He just missed making the cut for the St. Edwards Invitational at Grey Rock Golf Club in Austin, Texas. Barton will be back in action on Monday as the Bulldogs host the Barton Intercollegiate at the Wilson Country Club.

Football

Dennis Godfrey (LCHS) and the Saint Ouen l'Aumône Cougars (1-2) suffered their second loss of the season, falling to the La Courneuve Flash 42-27. The Cougars will face the Grenoble Centaures on Sunday at 2 p.m. (8 a.m. EST).

Baseball

Dillon Frye (LCHS) and eighth-ranked NC State (12-4, 1-2) went .500 this week, defeating Campbell 5-2, before going 1-2 in their first ACC conference series with Clemson, losing the first two games 10-5 and 7-4 before picking up a win in the final game 4-1. State will play five games in a span of six days this week. The journey starts today with Quinnipiac and Wednesday the Wolfpack will host Old Dominion. Thursday will be the only off day before heading to Winston-Salem for a three-game series with Wake Forest Friday through Sunday

Justin Cox (SLHS) and Ferrum College (7-13, 3-12) were swept in a three-game series with Maryville College, losing 12-11, 11-1 and 6-4. Cox finished 2-for-10 from the plate, scoring three runs. Defensively, he accounted for nine outs from his centerfield position. The Panthers will play four straight nights this week, starting on Thursday with Hampden-Sydney and then playing a three-game series from Friday through Sunday with LaGrange College. 

Russell Clark (LCHS) and Campbell University (13-2) split games this week, falling to N.C. State 5-2, but then bouncing back to clean sweep Fairleigh Dickinson 15-5, 15-3 and 10-4. The Fighting Camels will host East Carolina on Wednesday in a 6 p.m. game before traveling to Boiling Springs this weekend for a three-game series with Gardner-Webb.

Nick Durazo (LCHS) and East Carolina (9-5) went 3-1 this week, defeating UNC Greensboro 11-9, and then winning two of three games against Monmouth, losing the first game 4-3 in 10 innings, but then picking up the remaining two games, 7-6 and 4-0. The Pirates will host Old Dominion today and travel to Campbell on Wednesday before heading to Jacksonville, Fla., for a three-game series this weekend. 

Carson Wilson (LCHS) and Pitt CC (10-2) suffered their first losses of the season, splitting games with Rappahannock. Pitt won the opening contests in both doubleheaders, 1-0 and 10-0, and then losing the nightcaps in both doubleheaders, 8-5 and 4-3. Pitt will travel to Louisburg to play two doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday.

Garrett Verrelli (LCHS) and the UNC Chapel Hill club baseball team (5-0) dispatched the Louisburg Hurricanes 10-7 last week. The Tar Heels will be off until March 21 as students enjoy spring break.