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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 give the sixth-seeded and 21st-ranked Hokies a 3-2 victory over seventh-seeded Georgia Tech on Friday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. “It’s an unbelievable feeling,” Pinder said.
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 doubles, Jenkins paired with Mac Styslinger to comeback and beat Malte Stroppe and Jordan Angus of Mississippi State 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Jenkins and Styslinger went unbroken in the final two sets. WOMEN'S GOLF Park leads NCAA tournament ATHENS, Ga.
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
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — If the Virginia-North Carolina baseball game actually had meant something, it might have been an instant classic. And, don’t think that the principals will be forgetting UVa’s 8-7 victory any time soon. North Carolina rallied from a three-run deficit to send the game into extra innings and was on the verge of overcoming a four-run deficit in the 11th inning when UVa sophomore Mike Papi caught
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Bkaye Smith's two-out RBI single in the 13th inning kept the Hokies' season alive with a 3-2 win over Marshall in a must-win game in the NCAA regional tournament. Virginia Tech (37-20) and Marshall (36-22) had each played a game earlier in the day, with Tech falling to host No. 17 Kentucky 6-2 and Marshall downing Notre Dame 3-1. With the win over Marshall, Tech will play
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Virginia Tech scored three runs in the top of the fifth inning to erase a 3-1 deficit and give the Hokies a 4-3 win over Notre Dame on day one of the NCAA tournament. Virginia Tech (35-19), the third seed in the Lexington Region, scored first as Kat Banks hit a solo home run in the top of the fourth inning. Notre Dame (43-13), the second seed,
FERRUM - Darren Hodges has resigned as head baseball coach at Ferrum College. Hodges left to pursue other interests, according to a news release from the school. Hodges was an assistant coach from 1998-2007, then was promoted to head coach, where he led the Panthers to a 100-106 record over six seasons. Hodges coached 20 all-USA South selections, including USA South player of the year for 2012, Paul Jaglowski. The
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