OMAHA, Neb. - North Carolina State and North Carolina were playing each other in baseball for the 285th time, but never on a stage like this. Carlos Rodon pitched like the star he is, throwing eight shutout innings and holding the Tar Heels to five hits in an 8-1 College World Series victory Sunday. "This is the College World Series, and it doesn't get any better than this, so why not bring your 'A' game?" Rodon said.
CHARLOTTESVILLE -- All Virginia wanted when it took the field Sunday was to be around for a possible 4 p.m. game Monday. The Cavaliers had that opportunity but not in the manner they would have preferred. Monday's outing was short-lived as Mississippi State took up where it left off Sunday night and dispatched the Cavaliers 6-5. Play had been suspended at the end of a one-hour, nine-minute delay Sunday night, at which point the Bulldogs were leading 5-3 with their leadoff hitter at the plate in the bottom of the seventh. A resumption was scheduled for 4 p.m., the original time for a prospective Game 3 in a best-of-three series. It was over after 55 minutes. Mississippi State (49-18) had beaten Virginia 11-6 in Saturday's Charlottesville super regional opener. UVa did not go down without a fight Monday, scoring two runs in the top of the ninth.
Damin Altizer’s two-game, four-minute career as a member of the first Virginia team to play at John Paul Jones Arena wasn’t enough to whet his basketball appetite. An engineer’s job at MeadWestvaco in Covington was awaiting Altizer in 2009 after he graduated from UVa with a degree in environmental science, and that’s where he remained for nearly two years. “Several parents knew that I had been at UVa and asked
Basketball player Keith Hornsby told ESPN.com Tuesday he is transferring from Big South member UNC Asheville to LSU. Hornsby, an Oak Hill Academy graduate, averaged 15 points as a UNCA sophomore. In the wake of coach Eddie Biedenbach opting to leave , Hornsby announced last month that he would leave the school as well. The son of singer Bruce Hornsby also eyed North Carolina State and St. Mary’s. MEN’S BASKETBALL
OMAHA, Neb. - It's one down and three to go for Oregon State. The No. 3 national seed Beavers stayed alive at the College World Series on Monday, beating Louisville 11-4 after a seven-run fourth inning broke open the game. Oregon State won national championships the last two times it played in Omaha, in 2006 and '07, and coach Pat Casey's first title team did it the hard way. The
Bath County graduate Jailyn Ford of James Madison has been named both the state's Division I softball pitcher of the year and the rookie of the year. Ford, who helped JMU make the NCAA tournament, went 24-6 with a 1.51 ERA and 209 strikeouts. At the plate, the freshman hit .373 with 15 homers and 49 RBIs. She broke 18 JMU records. JMU's Mickey Dean, formerly the coach at Radford
Scarcely a word was written when pitcher Scott Mitchell from Aberdeen, Md., committed to Radford's baseball team in August, but that development has taken on added significance. Mitchell, who pitched a two-hit shutout for victorious South River in the 4-A Maryland state championship game, was named player of the year on the Washington Post's All-Metro baseball team. Mitchell played his last two seasons at South River after June 2011 surgery
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The threat of bad weather has forced the postponement of Monday night's final game in the South Carolina-North Carolina super regional series. The deciding game in the best-of-3 series is scheduled for Tuesday at noon and will air on ESPN2. A tornado watch was in effect for the Chapel Hill area and surrounding counties until late Monday night, while forecasters also expected scattered thunderstorms and showers.
CHARLOTTESVILLE - Virginia was looking at its final six outs of the season Sunday night when the Cavaliers' Super Regional baseball game with Mississippi was interrupted by rain for the second time. The game will resume at 4 p.m. today, the original starting time for a prospective Game 3. If the Cavaliers should rally to force a third game, it will follow the completion of the second game. The Bulldogs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jeff Thompson surrendered one run in seven strong innings to make two early runs stand up in Louisville's 2-1 victory over No. 2 overall seed Vanderbilt in a NCAA super regional on Sunday, sending the Cardinals to the College World Series for the second time. The Big East Conference pitcher of the year struck out nine, allowed three hits and threw 124 pitches. Zak Wasserman and Sutton
CHARLOTTESVILLE - The next time Mississippi State coach John Cohen bemoans the timing of the Major League Baseball draft, somebody needs to remind him of the time Adam Frazier went 6 for 6 at Davenport Field. Frazier, the Bulldogs' junior shortstop, also started three double plays Saturday as Mississippi State pounded Virginia 11-6 in the first game of the Charlottesville Super Regional. The Cavaliers face elimination in the best-of-three series
Three Hokies, two Cavaliers and a Highlander were chosen Saturday on the final day of the major league draft. Virginia Tech junior left-hander Eddie Campbell was taken by Seattle in the 15th round. Campbell (2-5), who was used as a starter and reliever, said he hopes to turn pro and skip his senior season. "I'm very excited," he said. Tech starter Joe Mantiply (6-1) was picked by Detroit in the
Virginia Tech baseball coach Pete Hughes was released from the hospital Friday, two days after suffering a heart attack. Hughes tweeted Friday that he suffered a heart attack Wednesday. Hughes tweeted that he had driven himself to the hospital. "He's doing great," associate athletic director Jon Jaudon said. VT's Schultze 8th in NCAA pole vault Virginia Tech's Martina Schultze finished eighth in the pole vault (13-11 1⁄4), earning first-team All-America
Two more Hokies and a Cavalier were chosen Friday on the second day of the major league draft. Virginia junior reliever Kyle Crockett was chosen in the fourth round by the Cleveland Indians. Virginia Tech left fielder Tyler Horan was picked in the eighth round by the San Francisco Giants, while Tech reliever Jake Joyce (Carlisle) was chosen in the ninth round by the Washington Nationals. "Playing at the next
Virginia Tech freshman Tomas Kruzliak won the hammer throw title Thursday at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships in Eugene, Ore. Kruzliak, a 21-year-old freshman from Slovakia, won his event with a heave of 227 feet, 3 inches. He achieved that distance on the second of his six attempts. Remy Conaster of Southern Cal finished second (224-01). The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Kruzliak was so dominant that he also had the
Virginia rower Sarah Cowburn, who has a 3.95 GPA, has been named a first-team Academic All-American. Virginia Tech diver Ryan Hawkins and UVa wrestler Matt Snyder were named to the third team for the second straight year. Christiansburg grad to play for Div. II Tusculum Former Christiansburg standout Zach Davis' decision to pay to play basketball at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham seems to have paid off. Wednesday the 6-foot-3
Luke Hancock knows this much: There's a 2-year-old colt training under the name Three Point Luke in California and it may or not be named after him. "I think it's named after me," said Hancock, the Roanoke County product who helped Louisville win this year's Division I men's basketball championship. "I don't know for sure." Chances are good that it is. Louisville coach Rick Pitino is one of the owners.
COLUMBIA, S.C. - LB Dantzler drove in two runs as South Carolina overcame a 16-hour wait to beat Liberty 6-4 and capture the Columbia Regional on Monday, the Gamecocks' 27th straight NCAA tournament win at home. The Gamecocks (42-18) advanced to the best-of-3 super regional round for the fourth straight season and 11th time since 2000. They'll either play at North Carolina or host Florida Atlantic next weekend, depending on
CHARLOTTESVILLE - Virginia's bats awoke just in time for a return trip to a super regional. The top-seeded Cavaliers batted around during a six-run third inning Sunday in an 11-3 win against Elon to sweep their way through the Charlottesville Regional at Davenport Field, advancing to a Super Regional after a year's absence. Virginia, the No. 6 national seed, will host Mississippi State or Central Arkansas in a best-of-three series
BLACKSBURG -- Oklahoma put an end to Virginia Tech's baseball season, beating the Hokies 10-4 tonight in an NCAA regional final at English Field. The second-seeded Sooners (43-19) went 3-0 in the four-team, double-elimination regional. If Tech had beaten the Sooners tonight, a second and decisive game of the finals would have been necessary Monday. Tech (40-22), the top seed in this regional, was hosting a regional for the first
RALEIGH, N.C. - Tarran Senay homered and drove in five runs and North Carolina State earned a spot in the NCAA super regionals by routing William & Mary. Senay hit a three-run homer in the first and a two-run single in the eighth to lead the top-seeded Wolfpack (47-14). They beat the third-seeded Tribe (39-24) for the second straight night while finishing the Raleigh regional 3-0. Jake Fincher and Logan
BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech will get another crack at Connecticut. Oklahoma beat UConn 5-3 in 12 innings Saturday night in the winners' bracket final of an NCAA regional at English Field. Fourth-seeded UConn (35-27) will face the Hokies in an elimination game at 1 p.m. today. UConn has already beaten Tech in this regional, having won 5-2 on Friday. "We can play with anybody, and we're going to carry that
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