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Jake Joyce once helped Carlisle win a Virginia Independent Conference title. Today, he might help Virginia Tech win an ACC crown. The Collinsville native is one of the top relievers for the Hokies, who will play in the title game of the ACC baseball tournament at 1 p.m. today in Durham, N.C. “It’s been a dream to come into this conference and get to the championship game,” Joyce said Saturday in a phone interview from Durham.
DURHAM, N.C. — Kenny Towns’ three-run homer in the bottom of the 12th inning lifted Virginia past Florida State 7-4 on Saturday at the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament. Towns finished with four RBIs and Joe McCarthy also homered for the third-seeded Cavaliers (47-10).
Virginia took a football commitment Saturday from North Carolina offensive tackle Will Richardson, a 6-foot-6, 330-pounder with multiple ACC offers. Richardson, from Cummings High School in Burlington, visited Charlottesville this weekend with his parents. Rivals.com reports that Richardson also had offers from Virginia Tech, Florida State, North Carolina State, Duke and Louisville, slated to join the ACC in 2014. Richardson, the fifth player to commit to UVa for 2014, said
LA CROSSE, Wis. - Roanoke College's Carmen Graves concluded her career by finishing fifth in the final of the 800 meters Saturday at the NCAA Division III outdoor track and field championships hosted by University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Graves, a senior who graduated from Christiansburg High School, finished the 800 in 2 minutes, 9.99 seconds and earned All-America honors for the fifth time in her college career. Christy Cazzola of
DURHAM, N.C. — For pool play in the ACC tournament, the Virginia Tech baseball team was placed in a foursome that included two top-10 teams and a Georgia Tech squad that won its regular-season series with the Hokies. Three wins later, the Hokies have earned a spot in the ACC title game for the first time. Chad Pinder drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning to
URBANA, Ill. - Virginia's Jamere Jenkins advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA singles championships with a wild 7-6 (8), 2-6, 6-4 win over Ray Sarmiento of USC on Friday at the University of Illinois. Jenkins won it after a breaking Sarmiento's serve to go up 5-4 in the third set. Jenkins becomes the first Cavalier since Somdev Davvarmen in 2007 to advance this far into the singles tournament. In
Virginia’s marquee nonconference football game against Oregon this fall will get a prime TV slot, one of two dozen early-season kickoff times the ACC announced Thursday. The Cavaliers’ game against the Ducks in Scott Stadium on Sept. 7 will start at 3:30 p.m. and be broadcast on ABC regionally and ESPN2 outside of the region. Virginia’s home opener against BYU the previous week on Aug. 31 will also be a
DURHAM, N.C. — In 2012, Virginia’s hopes for a repeat ACC baseball championship all but expired with Scott Silverstein on the mound. This year, it was Silverstein who revived them. Silverstein, a fifth-year senior who twice has undergone Tommy John elbow surgery, came within one out of a complete game Thursday as the Cavaliers defeated Georgia Tech 8-2 in pool play. That was in stark contrast to their meeting in
DURHAM, N.C. — After knocking off a top-10 team for the second straight day, the Virginia Tech baseball team is one win away from advancing to the title game of the ACC baseball tournament. Mark Zagunis hit a solo homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth to give the sixth-seeded and 21st-ranked Hokies a 3-2 win over second-seeded and seventh-ranked Florida State on Thursday night at Durham
ATHENS, Ga. - Blacksburg graduate Courtney Ellenbogen of Duke and Hidden Valley graduate Meredith Swanson of South Carolina each carded a 2-over-par 74 in the third round of the NCAA Championships at the par-72 University of Georgia Golf Course. Duke moved up to second in the team standings after a third-round 1-under 287. Duke sits 17 strokes of first-place Southern California at 862. South Carolina moved up one spot to
For the ACC baseball teams that have battled to qualify for the conference tournament on a regular basis, there's no break coming with expansion. Newcomers in 2014 will include Pittsburgh, which has the 2013 Big East coach of the year in Joe Jordano , who has directed the Panthers to the first 40-win regular season in school history, and Notre Dame, which has the Big East player of the year
ATHENS, Ga. - Blacksburg graduate Courtney Ellenbogen of Duke carded an even-par 72 and Hidden Valley graduate Meredith Swanson of South Carolina posted a 2-over 74 during the second round of the NCAA Championship at the par-72 University of Georgia Golf Course. Second round play was suspended late in the day, but both Duke and South Carolina made it to the clubhouse before play was stopped. Duke started the day
Virginia Tech baseball coach Pete Hughes is past the point of satisfaction with the Hokies’ first ACC Tournament appearance in three years. The Hokies also have put themselves in consideration for an NCAA Tournament bid, but Hughes wants more than that. “I’m thinking about it all the time,” said Hughes in a Monday phone interview. “Campaigning, too. I think we need to be in host discussions and we’re not. “That
LYNCHBURG — Tyler Costello pitched a five-hitter to help Radford beat host Liberty 6-3 on the first day of the Big South baseball tournament Tuesday. Fourth-seeded Radford (30-24) will face top-seeded Campbell (46-9) in a winners bracket game today. Fifth-seeded Liberty (29-27) faces Charleston Southern in an elimination game. Radford took a 3-0 lead in the first. Jeff Kemp had an RBI single in the inning. Ryan Burgess had a
URBANA, Ill. - The Virginia men's tennis team advanced to the NCAA final for the third straight year, defeating Georgia 4-1 in a semifinal Monday. The second-seeded Cavaliers (29-0) will face top-seeded UCLA (29-1) for the championship at 2 p.m. today. UVa lost to Southern Cal in the final the past two years. Virginia has never won the NCAA team title. UVa won two doubles matches to claim the doubles
BLACKSBURG — Most ACC baseball players spend the months between school years in a summer league, honing their craft while trying to impress pro scouts. Andrew Rash spent last summer playing golf. The Virginia Tech outfielder was upset with his subpar junior season and was disappointed that he had been bypassed in the major league draft. So instead of spending a second straight summer in the Cape Cod League, the
Virginia's Brian O'Connor has been named the ACC coach of the year, while UVa outfielder Joe McCarthy was voted the freshman of the year. The All-ACC first team included four Cavaliers and two Hokies. O'Connor has steered fifth-ranked UVa to 45 wins, including a league-high 22 ACC wins. McCarthy is batting .333 with 47 RBIs. The All-ACC first team included UVa second baseman Reed Gragnani (.310, 48 RBIs); UVa outfielder
VMI senior outfielder Rob Dickinson has been named the Big South player of the year. Dickinson hit a league-best .399. He had seven homers and 46 RBIs. He was joined on the All-Big South first team by Radford shortstop Jeff Kemp (.283, 10 homers). The second team included VMI catcher Matt Winn (.333). Radford's Tyler Costello and VMI's Drew Bryan made the all-academic team.
>Carmen Graves (Christiansburg) and Alexis Janney (Lord Botetourt) of Roanoke College have earned spots in the NCAA Division III outdoor championships, which will be held Thursday through Saturday in La Crosse, Wis. Graves, a senior, is seeded fourth in the 800 meters. Janney, a freshman, is seeded 11th in the 400. Also heading to the meet are W&L's Janey Fugate (400 hurdles) and Zander Tallman (men's 400 meters).
Courtney Ellenbogen and Meredith Swanson grew up playing junior golf together. From 2006-09, Ellenbogen starred at Blacksburg High School, while Swanson was a standout at Roanoke County's Hidden Valley High. Both players landed Division I golf scholarships - Ellenbogen from Duke and Swanson from South Carolina. Four years later, they will wind up their college careers on the same golf course in Athens, Ga., where the NCAA Championship runs today
Floyd County junior Amanda Hollandsworth has confirmed that she has verbally committed to Old Dominion. Hollandsworth, last year's VSGA State Junior Girls champion, will graduate from high school next year. "I visited ODU and fell in love with it,'' Hollandsworth said Sunday following her final round in the Scott Robertson Memorial at Roanoke Country Club. "I like being near the beach,'' said Hollandsworth, breaking into a huge grin. "I can
BLACKSBURG — This has been a productive school year for Kylie McGoldrick. The All-ACC pick has not only helped the Virginia Tech softball team make the NCAA tournament, but she has aided the Montgomery County Parks and Recreation Department as well. When the Stratford, N.J., native was in high school, her family started a foundation that collects used baseball and softball equipment and donates it to organizations to help kids
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