The ACC Hotlist: Wednesday, March 30

March 30, 2011

Baseball

  • Virginia pitcher Will Roberts recorded the eighth nine-inning perfect game in NCAA Division I baseball (since 1957) in the top-ranked Cavaliers’ 2-0 win over George Washington. Roberts threw just 98 pitches and tied his career high for strikeouts with 10. Roberts is just the second ACC pitcher to notch a perfect game. Maryland's Dick Reitz posted the only other perfect game since 1957 on April 10, 1959, against Johns Hopkins. It marks the first perfect game in Division I baseball since March 2, 2002, when Auburn's Eric Brandon recorded 27 straight outs in a perfect game against Murray State.
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Outdoor Track & Field

  • 24 ACC student-athletes - 12 men and 12 women - currently rank in the top 10 nationally in 17 different events.
  • Boston College junior Caroline King currently leads the nation in the women’s 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:17.48. Her time is second-fastest all-time at Boston College.
  • Clemson junior Alyssa Kulik broke her own school record by more than 14 seconds in the 3000-meter steeplechase last weekend, posting a time of 10:18.18.

Softball

  • North Carolina head coach Donna Papa earned her 1,000th career victory Sunday as the Tar Heels topped Florida State. Only 11 NCAA Division I coaches have accomplished that feat.

Men’s Soccer

  • Three-time World Cup player and three-time MLS Champion Eddie Pope was named to the USA Soccer Hall of Fame on Tuesday as he appeared on 74 percent of ballots. Pope starred for the Tar Heels from 1992-95 who earned All-America honors as a junior in 1994.
  • Pope appeared in 71 games with 70 starts for the Tar Heels from 1992-95 and finished his career with 13 goals and five assists primarily playing on the Tar Heel backline. The Tar Heels were 46-29-7 during Pope's time in Chapel Hill with a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances.
  • Bruce Murray who helped lead Clemson to two National Championships in men¹s soccer in 1984 and 1987 and later starred with the U.S. Men¹s National Team has been named to the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
  • Bruce Murray, a veteran U.S. Men¹s National Team midfielder and forward, tallied 86 games and 21 goals throughout his career for the United States. When Murray retired from the national team in 1993, he was its all-time leader in both caps and goals. Murray made his first full international appearance against England in 1985 and his last was against Venezuela in 1993.

Swimming & Diving

  • Sophomore Nick McCrory collected his second consecutive national championship in platform diving. He scored 548.90 points in the final round, besting his own NCAA championship record of 530.45 from one year ago.
  • McCrory, who became the program's first individual national champion last season, defeated the second place finisher by more than 69 points.
  • Senior Matt McLean became Virginia's fourth individual national champion, taking top honors in the 500-yard freestyle. He registered a time of 4:10.15 en route to his first career national title. McLean beat out the second place finisher by more than three seconds. His championship is the first since 2000 for the Cavalier men's squad.
  • Junior Abby Johnston became Duke's first women's individual swimming & diving national champion, taking top honors in the three-meter dive with a score of 409.35. She was the only diver to surpass 400 points on the three-meter springboard and received the highest points awarded on her first dive of the finals.
  • Miami senior Brittany Viola clinched her second NCAA individual title in the 10-meter platform dive with a score of 354.25. She also won the event in 2008. The victory marked Miami's third diving championship in the last five years. Viola began her final dives by recording the highest scoring dive for any competitor in the finals.

Fencing

  • Duke junior Becca Ward won her second national championship after defeating Princeton’s Eliza Stone 15-12 in the finals of the 2011 NCAA Fencing Women’s Saber Championship on the final day of the tournament on Sunday at Ohio State University.

Men’s Golf

  • Mitchell Sutton won his first college tournament in dramatic fashion and No. 19 NC State placed in a tie for fifth at The Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate at the par 71, 7,298-yard Bulls Bay Golf Club.
  • Sutton, from London, Ontario, notched the win with a par on the first sudden-death playoff hole to defeat Andrew Loupe of LSU. He closed with a 3-under 68 today to finish at 6-under 207. He tied for the lead after day one with a 4-under 67 and shot a 1-over 72 on Monday.
  • Seth Reeves fired a 6-under-par 66 Tuesday in the final round and shared medalist honors with two others at the Grub Mart Intercollegiate golf tournament at Silver Lakes Golf Club. Reeves became the third individual winner (James White has won twice) for the Yellow Jackets in a tournament this year.

Women’s Golf

  • In the March 27th Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings, four ACC teams are ranked in the Top 20: Duke (7th), Virginia (8th), Wake Forest (12th) and North Carolina (17th). Florida State is ranked 30th.
  • Three ACC players are ranked in the Top 25 of the March 27th Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings: Lindy Duncan, Duke (4th), Brittany Altomare, Virginia (13th) and Michelle Shin, Wake Forest (22nd).

Men’s Lacrosse

  • The ACC currently owns a flawless 19-0 home mark against nonconference opponents.

Women’s Lacrosse

  • The ACC has outscored its nonconference opponents by a margin of 625-387 for the 2011 season - a total of 238 more goals.