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Friday, March 8, 2013
Former Washington and Lee football and baseball standout Christian Batcheller and former W&L athletic director Mike Walsh headline the new class of the W&L hall of fame.
The class, which also includes former All-Americans Erika Proko Hamilton (tennis), Matt Dugan (lacrosse) and Eloise Priest Southard (lacrosse), will be inducted in September.
Batcheller, a Patrick County High School graduate who graduated from W&L in 2000, was an All-ODAC quarterback who threw for 6,146 yards in his college career. He also was an All-ODAC baseball player, once winning the league triple crown. A former Pittsburgh Pirates draft pick, Batcheller played minor league baseball and also had a stint in arenafootball2.
Walsh was W&L's AD from 1989 to 2006. The school won 103 ODAC titles under his
TRACK AND FIELD
Artis-Gray leads Hokies on day one of NCAAs
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Jeff Artis-Gray placed seventh in the long jump to give Virginia Tech two points on the first day for the Hokies in the 2013 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Artis-Gray's distance of 25 feet, 6 1⁄ 4 inches earned the Hokies two points, placing the men's team in 27th place after day one of competition. Arkansas leads the men's scoring with 30 points.
Virginia Tech's Darrell Wesh qualified for today's 60-meter finals with a time of 6.57 seconds in the preliminaries, the second fastest in the field.
Virginia Tech and Virginia both fielded teams in the men's distance medley relay, with Virginia finishing 10th with a time of 9:43.70 and Virginia Tech in 12th with a time of 9:49.69. Princeton finished in first place in the event with a time of 9:33:01.
Virginia's Vicky Fouhy placed 12th in the mile event with a time of 4:41.29, three seconds shy of the top-10 finished needed to qualify for the final.
Radford's Vincent Wyatt was disqualified from the 60-meter hurdles.
Alex Ziegler and Tomas Kruzliak will participate in the weight throw for Virginia Tech in day two of the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships. Also competing for the Hokies are Ronnie Black (high jump), Will Mulherin (3,000-meter) and Martina Schultze (pole vault).
Dallas Rose will be participating in the women's triple jump event for the Cavaliers.
Roanoke's Graves qualifies for 800-meters
NAPIERVILLE, Ill. - Roanoke College's Carmen Graves qualified for the 800-meter finals at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships with a time of 2 minutes, 10.96 seconds.
Graves (Christiansburg) clocked the second fastest time in the preliminaries and will participate in the finals today at 4:10 p.m.
Virginia Tech 2, UCLA 1
LAKEWOOD, CA - No. 23 Virginia Tech(15-1) earned a huge road win over No. 9 UCLA (18-4) at the Long Beach State Invitational.
Scoreless through four innings, Virginia Tech's Lauren Gaskill hit a two-run homer in the top of the fifth. Kylie McGoldrich and Lauren Gaskill both went 2-for-4, with Gaskill adding two RBIs. Kelsey Mericka and Bkaye Smith both went 2-for-3.
Kelly Heinz had a no-hitter going until UCLA's Gracie Goulder hit a double in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Hokies escaped trouble in the bottom of the seventh after the Bruins' Ally Carda hit a solo homer and Alyssa Tiumalu hit a triple. UCLA's Sam Duran was unable to plate Tiumalu with a bunt and Allexis Bennett lined out to end the game.
Virginia Tech held UCLA to only three hits and Heinz continued her perfect record (7-0).
Radford splits doubleheader
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Radford headed north to compete in the Miken Maryland Invitational and split Friday's doubleheader, falling to St. John's 6-2 in the first game before defeating the host Maryland 4-3 in the second game.
In the first game, the Red Storm (4-12-1) jumped out to a 6-0 lead after three innings. The Highlanders scored their only runs in the bottom of the fifth. Casey Burns went 1-for-4 with a RBI and Mackenzie Blackwell was 1-for-3.
In game two, Radford (3-9) defeated Maryland (5-12) at the Miken Maryland Invitational. The Highlanders were up by three runs through five innings before the Terrapins tied it up in the sixth. Becky Mantel was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Jessie Hutchens and Hayley Tabora both went 1-for-3.
Rachel Walters pitched a complete game, allowing five hits.
So. Virginia goes 2-1 in triple header
BELLE, W.Va. - In a rare triple header , the Knights won the first game 7-5 in nine innings and lost the second and third games, 9-1 and 11-5 respectively, against the Golden Bears.
In game one, Southern Virginia found themselves trailing by three runs after the first inning, only to even up the score after the third. McKenzy Mackay pitched a complete game and Laura Tome had two RBI. Chance Hegsted went 2-5 for the Knights, scoring the final run. WVU Tech committed five errors during the game.
Game two was all Golden Bears. Tied up at one apiece after the first inning, WVU Tech scored five runs in the second inning and added three more in the fifth and final inning. Southern Virginia only had two hits during game two. Malia Falevia went 1-2, with a RBI and Sarah Edwards also went 1-2.
Game three started in favor of the Golden Bears (3-4, 2-2 USCAA), who led 5-0 after three innings. The Knights (5-8, 3-2 USCAA) got on the board in the fourth inning, thanks to Falevia's two run homer. Falevia went 1-for-3 with two RBI. Hegsted went 3-for-4 with a RBI, Edwards was 2-for-4 with a RBI, Sarah Harmon went 2-for-4 and Mackay was 2-for-3.
Georgia Tech 11, Virginia Tech 1
BLACKSBURG - Daniel Palka and Zane Evans drove in four runs each as No. 14 Georgia Tech hammered No. 24 Virginia Tech in the ACC opener for both teams.
Evans opened the scoring for the Yellow Jackets (13-1, 1-0) with a two-run home run in the top of the second inning, bringing home Palka. Georgia Tech's Brandon Thomas doubled to lead off the fourth inning, but his chances of scoring slimmed due to back-to-back outs. Virginia Tech (11-3, 0-1) starting pitcher Eddie Campbell walked three consecutive batters to plate Thomas and give the Yellow Jackets a 3-0 lead.
After a single and a pair of walks loaded the bases, Palka hit a grand slam to push the Georgia Tech lead to 7-0 after five innings. The Yellow Jackets tacked on four more in the top of the ninth, highlighted by a two-run double from Evans.
The Hokies scored their lone run of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning as Chad Pinder singled in Gary Schneider. Schneider singled to get on base and break up Georgia Tech starting pitcher Buck Farmer's bid for a no-hitter.
Farmer held the Hokies to just one run on two hits, while striking out seven over six innings for the win. Campbell allowed seven runs on five hits and five walks over four innings of work in the loss.
Farmer retired 15 of the first 17 Virginia Tech batters.
St. John's 4, Radford 3
RADFORD - A pair of ninth-inning runs gave St. John's a come-back win over host Radford on Friday afternoon.
St. John's opened the scoring in the first with a pair of runs, but the Highlanders answered in the bottom half of the inning with two of their own as Josh Gardiner and Josh Reavis crossed the plate. Reavis gave Radford a 3-2 lead in the second inning with a ground out to score Hunter Higgerson.
The Highlanders were one out away from a win, but a pair of walks set up the game-tying RBI-single by Jimmy Brennan. Martin Kelly walked with the bases loaded to bring in Bret Dennis and the winning run.
Ryan Horstman earned the win for the Red Storm with 2 1⁄ 3 innings of work in relief of James Lomangino, who struck out 10 over six innings. Tyler Costello went 8 2/3 innings in the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits and striking out five.
Western Kentucky 13, VMI 5
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Scott Wilcox and Regan Flaherty drove in three runs each as Western Kentucky powered past VMI on Friday.
The Hilltoppers (5-7) led 6-5 until a six-run seventh inning highlighted by a two-run triple from Flaherty put them in the driver's seat. VMI (5-9) struck first with an RBI-groundout by Rob Dickinson in the top of the first, but Western Kentucky answered with a two-run double from Ryan Messex in the bottom half of the inning. Dickinson tied the game for the Keydets with a solo homer in the fourth, but again the Hilltoppers answered with a run in the bottom half of the inning. VMI took tied the game with a run in the fifth and took the lead on two runs in the sixth. Western Kentucky regained the lead with three runs in the bottom half of the sixth, two of which came on a two-run single by Wilcox.
Clay Austin earned the win with 2⁄ 3 of an inning of work and allowing only two hits. Micah Gorman was tagged with the loss with one inning of work and only one hit allowed.
Cavaliers in ninth after first round
HILTON HEAD, S.C. - The No. 19 Virginia women's golf team wrapped up the first day of play at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate at Long Cove Club in ninth place with a score of 301.
Arkansas sits in first with 293 and North Carolina and LSU are tied in second with a 295. Vanderbilt sits in fourth with a 296, while Alabama, Tennessee and Arizona State sit tied for fifth with a 297. Central Florida is in eighth with a 298.
Brittany Altomare leads the Cavaliers on the individual scorecard with an opening-round 72, four back of Arkansas' Emma Lavy for the lead.
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