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Sunday, May 5, 2013
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - A four-run eighth-inning rally lifted Boston College to a 5-3 win over No. 25 Virginia Tech in the final game of the three-game series.
Tech (30-19, 13-14) scored a pair of runs in the fifth inning to take a slim 2-1 lead, but the Eagles (11-37, 3-23) scored four runs off of reliever Clark Labitan, capped by a two-run double from Gabriel Hernandez.
Brendon Hayden got a run back for the Hokies in the ninth, but a ground-out ended the game with runners on first and second base.
Jeff Burke earned the win for Boston College with two innings of hitless relief work.
Brad Markey pitched seven innings for the Hokies and allowed one run on five hits before giving way to Labitan.
Tech won 1-0 in 12 innings on Friday and 7-5 on Saturday to claim the series win.
Radford 6, Longwood 5 (10 inn.)
FARMVILLE - Patrick Marshall delivered a double to score Josh Reavis in the top of the 10th inning and lift the Highlanders to a complete the three-game sweep of the Lancers.
Longwood (21-23, 10-11) took the lead first with a two-run double by Kyri Washington in the bottom of the first inning, but Radford (27-20, 12-6) answered with three runs on five hits in the top of the second inning.
Radford added a run in each of the fourth and fifth innings, while Longwood scored once in the fourth and twice in the fifth to tie the game.
Michael Costello earned the win, pitching 2 2⁄ 3 hitless innings and issuing just one walk.
Virginia Tech 4, Maryland 0
BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech closed out the regular season with a win on Senior Day, thanks to a pair of home runs and strong pitching from senior Jasmin Harrell.
Lauren Gaskill hit the first pitch she saw from Maryland (31-25, 13-8) pitcher Katie Schmeiser over the right-center field fence to give the Hokies (34-18, 9-11) a 1-0 lead after one inning.
Tech senior Courtney Liddle closed out her final home plate appearance with a two-run home run in the sixth inning. Kat Banks and Dani Anderson led the Hokies with two hits each.
Harrell scattered four hits and three walks over seven innings for the win. Schmeiser left after five innings pitched, giving up four runs on six hits.
Radford 16, Winthrop 3
RADFORD - Led by senior Morgan Eye's grand slam in the second inning, the Highlanders tallied their most runs since 2008 and earned a series sweep over Winthrop on Senior Day.
Emily Naegele doubled to bring in two of Radford's (20-34, 13-11) three runs in the first inning. The Highlanders added a pair of runs in the second inning on two outs before Eye belted her second grand slam of the season to put Radford up 9-1.
The Highlanders tacked on seven more runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by a two-run single by senior Jessica Agee and a three-run home run by Becky Mantel.
McKenzi Corn's two-run home run in the third inning highlighted the day for Winthrop (25-27, 12-12).
Senior pitcher Jackie Jenkins picked up her fifth win of the year with four innings of work, allowing six hits and a walk.
The two teams will face each other in the first round of the Big South Tournament, hosted by Winthrop, on Saturday at noon. Radford is the fourth seed, while the Eagles are the fifth-seed.
ACC Tournament schedule announced
Virginia Tech and Virginia both claimed spots in the ACC Tournament, which begins Thursday and is hosted by Florida State.
Virginia Tech will be the sixth seed and will play third-seed Maryland at 11 a.m.
Seven-seed Virginia (21-27, 4-17) plays two-seed North Carolina State (30-18, 13-7) at 1:30 p.m.
Other first round games include top-seed Florida State against eight-seed Boston College (5 p.m.) and four-seed North Carolina against five-seed Georgia Tech (7:30 p.m.).
Semifinal games are scheduled for Friday at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and the Championship game will be Saturday at 6 p.m.
Roanoke to face Centre in 1st round
Old Dominion Athletic Conference champion and automatic qualifier Roanoke College was joined by two other ODAC teams selected for the Division III men's lacrosse tournament.
All three ODAC teams will serve as hosts for first-round games Wednesday.
Roanoke (15-3) faces Centre (11-3), Washington and Lee (15-4) meets Sewanee (14-3) and Lynchburg College (12-5) will meet St. Mary's (12-6).
A fourth team from Virginia, Christopher Newport (8-8) will visit Stevenson.
Virginia claims at-large bid
Following a 9-9 regular season, Virginia claimed an at-large bid to the NCAA Division I tournament.
The Cavaliers will face Penn (11-5) on Friday at 3 p.m. in Washington, D.C., with the winner facing six-seed Georgetown May 12 at 1 p.m.
The Cavaliers defeated Duke in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament before falling to Maryland in the semifinals. Of Virginia's nine losses, five have come by three or fewer goals.
Penn earned an automatic bid after defeating Dartmouth 10-7 in the Ivy League Tournament and will make their seventh consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Boston College, Duke, Maryland and North Carolina join Virginia as representatives from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
W&L claims bid
Washington and Lee claimed an automatic spot in the NCAA Division III tournament with its 14th Old Dominion Athletic Conference title on Saturday and will travel to play host York (Pa.) on Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the first round of tournament play.
York posted a 13-4 record on the year and lost to Salisbury in the Capital Athletic Conference championship game. The Spartans claimed an at-large bid.
W&L finished at 10-9 in the regular season and defeated Shenandoah 11-8 in the ODAC title game.
Christopher Newport (17-2) claimed an at-large bid and joins W&L as a representative from the ODAC. CNU will face Sewanee (13-6) on Wednesday at 3 p.m.
TRACK & FIELD
Hokies win three events at Oxy Invite
LOS ANGELES - Virginia Tech claimed three distance run victories at the Oxy Invite on Saturday, highlighted by Amanda Smith's record-breaking performance in the 800 meter.
Smith broke a nine-year record for the event with a time of 2 minutes, 5.59 seconds . The Hokies' Frances Dowd and Katarina Smiljanec placed third and fourth, respectively, in the event.
Shannon Morton placed second in the 1,500 meter with a time of 4:23.20 and joined Smiljanec, Smith and Dowd for a first-place finish in the 1,600 relay with a time of 3:47.98.
Jared Berman claimed the men's 3,000 meter steeplechase in 8:56.63 and Grant Pollock claimed the third event win of the day for Tech, winning the men's 1,500 meter in 3:43.54. Also for the Tech men, Tihut Degfae placed third in the 800 meter with a time of 1:49.05 and Thomas Curtin finished third in the 5,000 meter at 14:07.98. Curtin finished just barely ahead of fellow Hokie Leoule Degfae, who posted a 14:08.03.
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