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Monday, May 6, 2013
The Roanoke College softball team received an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III tournament Monday and will get to stay home for its regional.
The Moyer Sports Complex in Salem had previously been chosen to be one of the eight regional sites.
The Maroons (30-12) will be the fifth seed in their eight-team, double-elimination regional. They will face fourth-seeded Christopher Newport, the USA South tournament champ, at noon Thursday. CNU was ranked No. 15 in last week's Division III poll.
Roanoke will face top-seeded and top-ranked Salisbury (35-2) or eighth-seeded Penn State-Altoona (27-10) on Friday.
The other teams heading to Moyer are third-seeded and 20th-ranked Lynchburg (32-11), which joins Roanoke as an at-large entry out of the ODAC; sixth-seeded Piedmont (31-8), which got an at-large bid after tying Ferrum for the USA South regular-season title; second-seeded and fourth-ranked Emory (39-3); and seventh-seeded Neumann (29-14).
The winner of the regional will advance to the eight-team national championships next week in Eau Claire, Wis. Roanoke won its regional last year.
ODAC champ Virginia Wesleyan was sent to the Montclair, N.J., regional. Ferrum did not get a bid.
This is the first time the ODAC has put three teams into the NCAA field.
Tech, Virginia earn bids to NCAAs
Virginia Tech and Virginia each earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division I tournament, with the Hokies heading to Pullman, Wash., and the Cavaliers heading to Columbus, Ohio.
Tech is the fifth-seed in the Pullman Regional, which is hosted by Washington State University and will be played at Palouse Ridge Golf Club. Tech finished tied for second in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship and won three tournaments during the season.
Virginia will be the 11th seed in the Columbus Regional, which is hosted by Ohio State University. The Cavaliers will compete alongside 12 other schools at The Ohio State University Golf Club's Scarlet Course. The Cavaliers finished sixth in the ACC Championship and shared the win at the Navy Invitational.
The Hokies are competing in their seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament, and the Cavaliers in their sixth straight.
The Regional stage, which takes place May 16-18, consists of 13 teams in each of the six regions. The teams with the five lowest scores from each region will advance to the finals at The Capital City Club's Crabapple Course in Atlanta from May 28 to June 2.
Georgia Tech, Florida State, Wake Forest, North Carolina State, Duke, Clemson and North Carolina join the Hokies and Cavaliers as representatives from the ACC.
W&L tournament pairing announced
Fresh off the program's 32nd ODAC title, Washington and Lee will travel to Atlanta for the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament.
The No. 21 Generals (18-5) will take on No. 23 North Carolina Wesleyan (14-9) on Thursday in the first round. N.C. Wesleyan claimed its spot by winning the USA South.
If W&L advances, the Generals would face host Emory University (9-5) in the second round on Friday.
W&L tournament pairing announced
The Washington and Lee will head south to Atlanta for the opening round of the NCAA Division III tournament, hosted by Emory University.
The No. 16 Generals turned in an 18-7 season and claimed their 23rd ODAC title, which gave them an automatic spot in the tournament. W&L will play USA South champions Methodist (20-2) in the opening round on Friday.
If the Generals win in the first round, they will face Sewanee (18-5) in the second round.
Cincinnati-Clermont 6, So. Virginia 0
BUTLER, Pa. - Josh Reinhar's two RBIs led Cincinnati-Clermont to a win over Southern Virginia in the first round of the USCAA Small College World Series.
The Cougars (25-7-1) broke a scoreless tie with four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and tacked on two more in the fifth.
Southern Virginia's Mitch Stevenson led all batters with two hits, but the Knights (18-15) were unable to bring a runner home.
Josh William pitched seven innings, striking out two and scattering five hits and two walks for the win.
Ed Greenhalgh pitched four innings and gave up six runs on five hits and three walks in the loss.
The Knights will play No. 10 Pennsylvania College of Technology in the consolation bracket today at 8:30 a.m.
UVa senior Brittany Altomare has been unanimously named the ACC golfer of the year.
Altomare, who won the ACC tournament, became the first Cavalier to win that award.
Hollins golfer makes NCAA DIII tourney
Hollins junior Elizabeth Cheng received an individual bid to the NCAA Division III tournament which will be played May 14-17 at the Baytowne Golf Course at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Fla.
Cheng is the second Hollins golfer to qualify for the national tournament in the last five years, joining Roanoke's Vicky Kasza in 2008.
Cheng led the ODAC in scoring (79.4) and was named the league's player of the year.
Game times set for Roanoke, W&L
Roanoke's first-round home game with Centre in the NCAA Division III tournament has been set for 4 p.m. Wednesday, while W&L's first-round home game with Sewanee will be played at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
The pairings had previously been announced. Roanoke (15-4) will be making its 23rd NCAA appearance. Centre (11-3), from Danville, Ky., is in its third varsity season.
W&L (15-4) has won its two previous meetings with Southern Athletic Association champ Sewanee (11-3), which has won six straight games.
TRACK & FIELD
W&L, Roanoke compete in Duke Twilight
DURHAM, N.C. - Washington and Lee's women and Roanoke College's men and women's track and field teams took part in the Duke Twilight on Sunday.
Roanoke's 400 meter relay team of Brianna Hood, Alexis Janney (Lord Botetourt), Alease Kinney and Esther Prempeh came in first with a time of 49.23 seconds.
Janney came in third in the 200 meter with a time of 25.28 seconds.
Carmen Graves (Christiansburg) placed sixth and second among collegiate athletes in the 800 meter with a time of 2:10. Hood finished second among collegiate athletes in the 100 meter with a time of 12.89 and Prempeh finished at 13.07.
For the Roanoke men, Harrison Toney finished second in the men's 1,500 meter with a time of 4:00.12 and Drew Landgren ran the 800 meter in 1:59.
For W&L, Molly Ortiz finished in eighth and broke the school record in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 11:15.17. Ortiz's time was the best among Division III competitors. Lauren Schultz finished in ninth at 11:28.00. Annelise Madison placed eighth in the 1,500 meter with a time of 4:41.31.
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