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MATT GENTRY | The Roanoke Times
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
BLACKSBURG — Chad Pinder homered twice and Tyler Horan added a homer, double and five RBIs as the
No. 22 Virginia Tech Hokies powered past the VCU Rams 11-5 at chilly English Field.
Horan’s home run broke open a 6-4 game in the bottom of the seventh after a potential VCU (14-12) rally in the top of the inning was squelched when Rams’ pinch-hitter Rob Malan was called for baserunner interference on a fielders’ choice which would have tied the game.
Jake Joyce got the win for Virginia Tech (21-9), pitching 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief after starter Brendon Hayden struggled, going only an inning and two-thirds.
No. 4 Virginia 2, Liberty 0
LYNCHBURG — The No. 4 Cavaliers plated two runs in the first inning on a bases-loaded hit batter and an infield single, but four pitchers held Liberty to only a single base hit as Virginia shut out the Flames.
Josh Sborz picked up the win for UVa (26-3), pitching four innings and striking out five. Relievers Nathan Kirby, Austin Young and Kyle Crockett followed. Crockett picked up the save, pitching a perfect ninth inning.
Josh Richardson took the loss on the mound for Liberty (17-12).
VMI 9, JMU 7
LEXINGTON — Sheldon Shifflett had two doubles and two RBIs as the Keydets jumped out to an early 5-1 lead and held off the Dukes down the stretch.
Reed Garrett got the win for VMI (14-17) in relief, while Mark Gunst took the defeat for JMU (14-13).
Roanoke 8, Guilford 3
The Maroons took the lead on Mark Manthe’s three-run home run in the first inning and pulled away to defeat the Quakers in ODAC play.
Jacob McMillan pitched five strong innings, allowing three hits and one unearned run while striking out three for Roanoke (12-15, 5-7).
Washington & Lee 7, Eastern Mennonite 4
LEXINGTON — Alex Maragos had a double and two RBI and Jonathan Stutts had the eventual game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the eighth as the Generals defeated the Royals.
Eric Wisotsky got the win for Washington & Lee (14-11, 8-5), pitching 7 2/3 innings and allowing four runs on five hits and striking out seven.
Austin Oliver took the loss in relief for Eastern Mennonite (13-13, 3-6).
No. 11 Virginia 16, American 4
WASHINGTON — Morgan Stephens scored three goals and also had an assist as the Cavaliers (7-6) jumped out to a 9-0 halftime lead on the way to defeating host American (5-7).
Ashlee Warner, Casey Bocklet, Courtney Swan, Dana Boyle and Kelly Boyd each scored two goals for the Cavaliers.
Virginia Tech 8-10, UNC Greensboro 1-9
BLACKSBURG — Kat Banks smacked a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning to cap a Hokies comeback in the second game as Virginia Tech swept a doubleheader with the Spartans.
Jasmine Harrell pitched three innings in relief to earn the victory in the first game, then returned for six strong innings in the second game, allowing only one run one five hits and striking out six.
Amanda Ake had a two-run single and Banks had a three-run double to key the offense for Virginia Tech (21-8) in the opener.
Knights win big twice
BUENA VISTA — Southern Virginia (10-13) swept a pair of games from visiting Maine-Presque Isle (0-8) by scores of 11-1 and 12-2. Both games were called after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
In the first game, winning pitcher McKenzy Mackay hit a three-run home run to highlight SVU’s six-run first inning. The Knights added five more runs in the third with the help of three Maine-Presque Isle errors. Mackay allowed just one hit and struck out eight in the first game.
In the second game, SVU scored nine in the fourth inning to break open what had been a two-run game to that point.
Malia Falevai had a three-run home run in the fourth. Falevai also had two RBI in the first game. Laura Tome had a two-run single in the fourth.
Ferrum 5-8, Piedmont 4-1
FERRUM — Lindsey Slover smacked an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the Panthers a victory in game one of the doubleheader against the Lions.
In game two, Karly Thompson hit a two-run home run to lead Ferrum (25-7, 14-2) to an easy victory to earn the doubleheader sweep.
Aiyanna Lew took the win on the mound in game one, pitching the last two innings in relief. Emily Taylor pitched a complete game in the nightcap, allowing one run on five hits and striking out three.
Maroons earn split
The Cobras took the offensive early in the doubleheader as they pounded three doubles and two home runs on their way to a 13-2 decision over the Maroons in a game that lasted only five innings.
In the nightcap, however, Maroons pitcher Stephanie Clark silenced the Cobras’ bats en route to a four-hit complete game shutout.
Rhea Schleicher provided the only offense Roanoke (16-5) would need by belting a two-run home run in the third inning to lead them to a 4-0 win, earning a doubleheader split.
MORGANTON, N.C. — The Highlanders posted their seventh top-10 finish of the season by posting a total score of 655 (323-332) to finish in 10th place behind host Appalachian State at the Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate.
Sophomore Alexandra Austin, who carried the individual lead going into the final round, shot a final round 84 to go with her opening 73 to finish in 16th place.
Roanoke 6, Guilford 3
GREENSBORO — The Maroons swept all three doubles matches and split the singles matches with the Pride.
Randolph-Macon 9, Southern Virginia 0
ASHLAND — The Yellow Jackets swept all nine matches against the Knights.
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