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Monday, April 8, 2013
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Following Mike Papi’s ninth-inning grand slam in Saturday’s game, Reed Gragnani hit a two-run shot in the eighth inning to give No. 4 Virginia an 8-6 win over Wake Forest on Sunday.
Wake Forest (17-16, 4-10) took a 3-1 lead after three innings, but Jared King (Pulaski County) doubled in two runs to tie the game in the top of the fourth. Wake Forest scored one in the bottom half of the inning and added two in the fifth to take a 6-3 lead.
Brandon Downes drove in his second run of the day to start a three-run rally for Virginia (29-3, 11-3) in the sixth inning. Downes then crossed the plate for the tying run.
Papi earned a lead-off walk in the eighth and came home on Gragnani’s first career home run to give Virginia an 8-6 edge.
Austin Young earned the win with three innings of one-hit relief work, striking out three. Kyle Crockett earned the save, allowing just one hit over 1 2⁄3 innings.
Nate Jones was tagged with the loss after giving up three runs on four hits and four walks.
Virginia and Wake Forest will conclude their three-games series today at 7 p.m.
N.C. State 7, Virginia Tech 3
RALEIGH, N.C. — No. 25 North Carolina State scored four unearned runs in the eighth inning to complete the sweep of No. 22 Virginia Tech at Doak Field.
Tyler Horan and Mark Zagunis crossed the plate for Virginia Tech (21-12, 7-8) in the second inning. N.C. State (24-10, 8-7) then took the lead in the third inning with three runs on three hits and a walk.
Horan scored on a sacrifice fly by Brenden Hayden in the top of the seventh to tie the game 3-3.
An error from Hayden put two on for the Wolfpack in the bottom of the eighth inning and Terran Senay singled to start the scoring. With the bases loaded, Tech committed another error and two scored on the play. Jake Armstrong scored on a sacrifice bunt to cap the inning.
Ryan Wilkins earned the win in relief, pitching 2 2⁄3 innings and allowing just one hit. Clark Labitan was tagged with the loss after giving up four runs, none of which were earned, on two hits and a walk.
Radford 7, Winthrop 5
RADFORD — With Radford trailing 5-4 in the eighth inning, Josh Gardiner delivered a two run triple and then stole home to help the Highlanders to a series sweep of Winthrop.
Winthrop (10-22, 2-7) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, but Radford (19-11, 7-2) got two back on a Zach Woolcock single in the third inning.
Winthrop added two more runs in the fifth inning to take a 5-2 lead. Hunter Higgerson pulled the Highlanders within one with a two-run double in the sixth inning.
Daniel Bridgeman earned the win with two innings of one-hit relief work. Tyler Klitsch gave up seven runs on 11 hits and two walks in the loss.
VCU 8, VMI 4
LEXINGTON — Joey Cujas and Vimael Machin drove in a pair of runs each as a four-run ninth inning sparked Virginia Commonwealth to a win over VMI in the final game of the series.
Cujas finished the day with four RBIs and Machin with three. Bill Cullen and James Bunn scored three runs each for the Rams (15-14).
Matt Winn led VMI (16-19) with three RBIs, including two on a single in the ninth to start a Keydet rally.
Logan Kanuik earned the win for VCU, striking out six and allowing two runs on four hits over 7 2⁄3 innings.
Jeremy Brown was credited with the loss with three runs on four hits over 4 1⁄3 innings.
Georgia Tech 10, Virginia Tech 4
BLACKSBURG — Georgia Tech powered past Virginia Tech in the finale of the weekend series on the back of four home runs.
Hope Rush hit two home runs, Courtney Ziese added one and Caitlyn Coffey had a three-run shot for the Yellow Jackets (18-21, 5-3). Kylie McGoldrick hit a two-run home run in the seventh for Tech (23-9, 3-5) and Lauren Gaskill drove in two runs on two hits.
Rush earned the win for Georgia Tech with four runs on eight hits over seven innings. Jasmin Harrell was tagged with the loss, allowing five runs on six hits over 4 2⁄3 innings.
North Carolina 2, Virginia 1
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Amber Parrish’s two-run double in the first inning was enough to give No. 25 North Carolina a series sweep of Virginia.
Elisha Elliott singled and Aquilla Mateen reached on a bunt. Parrish then doubled down the left field line to give North Carolina (31-13, 9-3) a quick 2-0 lead. Kristen Hawkins cut the Tar Heel lead in half with a solo home run in the fifth inning. Virginia (16-19, 3-9) was unable to put a runner on base in the last two innings.
Lori Spingola earned the win, her third of the weekend, with five strikeouts and two hits allowed over seven innings. Melanie Mitchell gave up four hits and fanned six over six innings in the loss.
Radford 4, Coastal Carolina 2
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Radford scored four runs in the second inning and escaped a two-on, one-out jam in the bottom of the seventh inning to down Coastal Carolina for the series win.
Emily Naegele, Casey Burns, Nia Chiles and Ryndee Ruch all scored a run each for Radford (14-20, 7-3).
Cacia Pierre drove in a run in the third inning and Sara Rasley hit a solo home run in the sixth for Coastal Carolina (23-15, 10-4).
Rachael Walters earned the win for the Highlanders , allowing two runs on nine hits and striking out four over seven innings. Ashley Bagwell struck out six, but gave up four runs on six hits over seven for the loss.
Roanoke sweeps Sweet Briar
SWEET BRIAR — Roanoke improved to 22-5 overall and 10-0 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference with a pair of 10-0 wins over Sweet Briar.
Kelly Higbie pitched a no-hitter and struck out 10 of 19 batters over five innings for the win in the first game. Higbie issued four walks in the game, but kept the Vixen off the board. Alea Bier (Cave Spring) led the Maroons with three RBIs and Stephanie Clark (Halifax) added two RBIs. Rhea Schleicher stole a pair of bases and drove in two runs.
Bier led the Maroons in RBIs again in game two, with two runs coming on a triple in the top of the sixth inning. Roanoke was active on the base paths, tallying 12 stolen bases in game two. Schleicher stole three bases and Caitlin Manuel and Ashley Crouch stole two bags each.
Crouch struck out five and scattered four hits over six innings for the win.
Sweet Briar falls to 0-18 overall and 0-16 in the ODAC.
Ferrum sweeps Averett
DANVILLE — Ferrum earned wins of 5-2 and 2-1 over Averett to improve to 30-8 overall on the season and 19-3 in the USA South Conference.
Suzanne Plasters (Patrick County) and Chloe Brzycki (Heritage) each had an RBI double to start the scoring for Ferrum in game one. Alicia Eichenlaub (Franklin County) scored on an error in the third inning and Courtney Burner (GW Danville) doubled in two more runs to give Ferrum a 5-0 lead.
Kaitlyn Culler (Patrick County) pitched seven innings and allowed two runs on six hits for the win.
Eichenlaub doubled to score Kylene Culler (Patrick County) in the third inning and Karly Thompson scored on an RBI by Burner in the fourth inning of game two. Jessye Crews scored on a single by April Costa in the sixth inning to cut Ferrum’s lead in half.
Emily Taylor (Salem) struck out two and gave up one run on seven scattered hits over seven innings for the win.
Ferrum will be the number one seed in the USA South tournament that begins Friday. The Panthers will face eighth-seed LaGrange at 9 a.m. and will play either fifth-seed Methodist or fourth-seed Meredith at 1 p.m.
Averett falls to 15-23 and 9-13.
Northwestern 11, Virginia 6
CHARLOTTESVILLE — Trailing 5-4 in the second half, No. 4 Northwestern scored seven of the last eight goals of the game to surge past No. 11 Virginia.
Virginia (7-7) jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but Northwestern (11-1) scored four of the next five goals to tie the game 4-4 early in the second half. Erin Fitzgerald led the rally with three goals and an assist. Amanda Macaluso and Taylor Thornton added two goals each for the Wildcats.
Courtney Swan and Ashlee Warner scored two goals each for the Cavaliers, who were out-shot 21-14.
Northwestern’s Bridget Bianco made six saves and Liz Colgan made five saves for Virginia.
Tech places fourth at Augusta
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Virginia Tech wrapped up play at the Insperity/Augusta State Invitational with a 4-over-par score of 868 to place fourth.
The Hokies followed Saturday’s rounds of 295 and 289 with a third-round low of 284.
Texas placed first in team scoring with a final of 863, followed by Augusta State in second at 865. Georgia finished in third, two strokes ahead of Tech at 368.
Tech’s Mikey Moyers finished tied for eighth with a three-round score of 214. Greag Eason (Central Florida) and Sebastian Soderberg (Coastal Carolina) earned medalist honors with scores of 209.
Roanoke, Ferrum wrap up play
Roanoke finished seventh place and Ferrum finished in fifth as the teams finished play at the Roanoke College Invitational at Roanoke Country Club.
Ferrum finished with a two-round score of 620 and host Roanoke tallied a score of 623. Bluefield State finished first overall at 606, one stroke ahead of Hampden-Sydney. Lynchburg College finished third with a score of 612 and Bridgewater came in fourth with a score of 616.
Roanoke’s John Willard finished tied for sixth on the individual leaderboard with a two-day score of 151, five strokes back of medalist Rick O’Connell of Hampden-Sydney. Jacob Hardy and Scott Obenshain were the top finishers for Ferrum with scores of 155, tied for 20th.
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