Next Level: Stellar Season For ECU’s Maness
Local athletes are hauling in honors in college sports this spring.
East Carolina pitcher Seth Maness (Pinecrest) was named Conference USA Pitcher of the Week during an eventful stretch that saw him improve to 27-8 in his Pirate career.
The junior right-hander won the honor for his 12-3 complete-game victory over Marshall on May 1. About a week later, he suffered his first loss since Feb. 26 and had a personal eight-game winning streak broken in an 8-2 loss to Southern Mississippi.
After picking up a save in a win over Elon early last week, Maness picked up his ninth win in 12 decisions in a 7-5 victory over Central Florida in Orlando. He allowed four runs, three earned, in seven innings while allowing nine hits.
The nine wins top C-USA pitchers and his 17-3 career mark puts him fourth all-time in the league in career wins. The Pirates (30-22) have struggled to a 10-11 mark in league games so far this season.
North Carolina A&T first baseman Bianca Alsobrook (North Moore) has earned a spot on the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) all-conference second team. The senior was second on the team in batting with a .312 average.
Alsobrook went 1-for-3 in the Aggies’ 10-0 win over Coppin State in the first round of the conference tournament held in Ormand Beach, Fla., last Thursday. She helped her team gain a semifinal berth by knocking in a pair of runs in an 8-0 quarterfinal victory over South Carolina State, also on Thursday.
The Aggies went on to lose 7-3 to Bethune-Cookman in the championship game on Saturday, the 150th and final game of Alsobrook’s college career.
Another former Mustang, Allison Braswell (North Moore), was named to the Conference Carolinas All-Tournament softball team. The Falcon pitcher was 1-2 in the tournament, pitching a total of 15 and two-thirds innings in two days with both of the losses coming in extra innings.
Several weeks earlier, she earned conference pitcher of the week honors after going 12 innings and allowing only two hits in a 2-1 win over Queens.
It was previously reported that UNC sophomore Jack Fields (Pinecrest) earned all ACC honors in men’s golf. Along with teammates Michael McGowan (O’Neal) and Patrick Barrett (Pinecrest), the Tar Heels will compete at one of six NCAA regionals in College Station, Texas, this week.
UNC Greensboro freshman Robert Hoadley (Union Pines) earned All-Southern Conference and all-freshmen recognition as a member of the Spartan golf squad. He led the team with a 73.03 stroke average and finished in a tie for 15th at the conference tournament after rounds of 71-73-75—219. He posted two top 10 finishes, including a win at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate.
In women’s golf, Katja Dammann, of Pinehurst, a junior at UNC Pembroke, was named to the Peach Belt All-Conference first team. Dammann had seven top 10 finishes for the Braves during the 2009-10 campaign.
University of South Carolina senior Corrine Carr (O’Neal) helped the Gamecock women get named by Golfweek Magazine as the Women’s National Team of the Week for winning the NCAA East Regional. The Gamecocks edged second-place Tennessee by two strokes at the tournament held in Greenville, N.C., last week.
Carr was second on her team, shooting 72-71-74—217 (tied for 13th place). Next for the Gamecocks is the NCAA Championship that began on Tuesday at Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington.
A couple of athletes that have been doing very well in their respective sports are among those gaining academic honors. University of Colorado sophomore Andy Wacker (Pinecrest) has been named to the All-Big 12 Academic first team for the second time. The evolutionary biology major finished eighth in the 5,000-meter run on Saturday at the Big 12 championship held in Columbia, Mo.
High Point University golfer Lisa Chandler, of Pinehurst, was recently named to the Big South All-Academic team. The senior communications-media major carries a 3.86 GPA. Also a three-time member of the Big South Presidential honor roll, she led the Panthers in three tournaments this year.
More track accolades have been awarded to Westminster College (Pa.) senior Rachel Hudson (Pinecrest). The distance runner was named Titan Athlete of the Week for the third time this year by the school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Hudson recently broke the school record in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 19.02 during a meet held at Slippery Rock University.
In women’s rowing, Clemson junior Leah Kelly (O’Neal) was a member of the Second Varsity Eight crew that finished second in its race at the recent ACC Rowing Championships held at Lake Hartwell in Clemson, S.C. The Tigers finished fifth in regional competition in Oak Ridge, Tenn., last weekend and are hoping for a bid to the national championships in Sacramento, Cal., May 28-30.
UNC Pembroke outfielder Josh Haley (Pinecrest) capped the regular season by going 4-for-5 with four runs scored, two RBIs, a double, a home run and a stolen base in a 23-3 trouncing of St. Andrews. The Braves’ season appears to have ended prematurely after a loss to Columbus State in the first round of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament.
Haley completed his sophomore season with a .354 batting average. He was first on the team in stolen bases (26-for-32) and second in runs scored with 55.
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