VCU edged Old Dominion 5-4 on a chilly Tuesday night before 502 fans at Hampton's War Memorial Stadium in the inaugural Key Dog Strike Out Cancer Classic.
The game was organized in honor of the late Paul Keyes, a Newport News native who played for the Monarchs and coached the Rams.
After the game, some people on both teams had their heads shaven in support of the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which fights childhood cancer.
Joey Cujas broke a 3-3 tie with a two-run homer in the seventh inning for the Rams (20-19), capping his four-RBI, two-run game. Chris Ayers was 3-for-5 for VCU, and reliever Seth Greene -- whose father, Tommy, pitched in the majors for the Braves and Phillies -- got the victory.
Ben Verlander of ODU (21-19) drove in a run with two out in the ninth to make it 5-4, but Matt Lees induced Josh Eldridge to ground out to second base to end the game with two Monarchs aboard.
Virginia's Nick Howard batted 5-for-5 and drove in three runs as the fifth-ranked Cavaliers beat Richmond 6-2 in Charlottesville.
Brandon Downes added a pair of doubles and two RBI for Virginia (36-6), while Branden Cogswell went 2-for-3 with two runs. Mike Papi (So., Tunkhannock, Pa.) walked and scored three times for U.Va. ...
Virginia left-hander Kyle Crockett of Poquoson was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Midseason Watch List.
He is 3-0 with a 0.55 earned-run average and nine saves in 33 innings, spanning 20 appearances.
Matt Brady, who coached James Madison to its first Colonial Athletic Association tournament championship since 1994 and its first NCAA tournament victory since 1983, received a four-year contract extension through 2016-17.
Old Dominion’s Kevin Beazley won a Greco-Roman title and placed fourth in freestyle at 96 kilograms at the Junior National Championships in Las Vegas last weekend.
Teammate Austin Coburn was eighth in freestyle at 79 kilograms (174 pounds).
ODU finished last in a field of 12 in its first venture into the Conference USA championship tournament.
The Monarchs finished 54 holes at 905, slightly worse than 75 strokes per round. Houston won the tournament at 7-under-par 857, beating Southern Methodist by three strokes at Texarkana Country Club in Arkansas.
John Dawson paced the Monarchs at 223, tying for 30th. Ashton Newsom tied for 40th at 226.Copyright © 2015, CT Now