WINSTON-SALEM Mark Rhine went 2-for-3 and scored three runs to help Wake Forest defeat Rhode Island 9-5 Tuesday and snap a five-game skid.
Rhine was one of two players to turn in a multi-hit day for the Deacons (10-8). Evan Stephens went 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
Wake Forest scored three in the fifth inning and never trailed again. An infield single by Stephens scored the go-ahead run.
No. 1 North Carolina 12, Gardner-Webb 0: Trent Thornton (3-0) fell four outs shy of the Tar Heels’ first no-hitter since 1978, combining with Reilly Hovis and Luis Paula on a one-hitter against the visiting Bulldogs (11-4). Henry Rundio broke up the no-hit bid with two outs in the eighth when he slapped a single past a diving Mike Zolk at second base. Skye Bolt, Cody Stubbs and Matt Roberts each registered two hits for North Carolina (15-0), with Bolt driving in two runs and Stubbs adding three RBIs.
No. 5 South Carolina 12, USC Upstate 3: The host Gamecocks (14-2) broke the game open against the Spartans (10-5) when Brison Celek doubled with the bases loaded during the fourth inning. South Carolina added two runs in the sixth and three in the seventh.
No. 18 N.C. State 1, Quinnipiac 0: Brett Austin’s double in the sixth drove in the only run and Logan Jernigan and four relievers combined to strike out 16 as the host Wolfpack (13-4) edged the Bobcats (4-3).
Virginia Tech 6, Charlotte 1: Sean Keselica hit a solo home run and Mark Zagunis added a two-run shot during the first inning to propel the Hokies (13-4) to the win at Charlotte (10-5). 49ers pitchers tied a season high with 10 strikeouts.
Duke 6, N.C. Central 3: A two-out error allowed the go-ahead run to score in the eighth and Grant McCabe added a two-run single during the ninth as Duke (9-7) got past the host Eagles (9-8).
Old Dominion 5, East Carolina 3: Brandon Smith got out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to give the Monarchs (9-5) the win at East Carolina (9-6). Jay Cannon and Dylan Brown had consecutive hits before Philip Clark moved both into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. A hit batter loaded the bases, but Luke Lowery fouled out and Bryan Bass flied out to short left field to end the game.
Winthrop 2, East Tennessee State 1: Stephen Wallace had a second-inning sacrifice fly and a RBI fielder’s choice in the fourth to give the host Eagles all of the offense they would need to beat the Bucs.
Catawba 11, Wingate 3: Dylan Richardson, Danny Parisi, Garrett Furr and Chris Dula had two RBIs apiece as the Indians (18-5) rolled at Wingate (14-12) in a nonconference contest.