Led by the USA South Pitcher and Player of the Year, the top-seeded Christopher Newport Captains (28-9-1) breezed into the second round of the conference tournament with a 6-1 win over No. 8 Greensboro (15-23) Thursday morning in Wilson, N.C.
Junior Austin Chrismon (7-3) pitched six scoreless innings, and Justin Weaver was 3-for-3 with a two-run home run for the Captains -- who were the only higher-seeded team to win in the day's four games.
CNU return to action at 10 a.m. Friday against fifth-seeded Piedmont, which beat No. 4 LaGrange 9-1, but will play that game in Zebulon, N.C.
Billy Steel had a pair of doubles for CNU, going 2-for-4 with a run. Christopher McDougal's triple was part of a 2-for-4 effort with two runs and an RBI.
Also in the first round, No. 7 Maryville stunned No. 2 N.C. Wesleyan 12-0 and No. 5 Methodist edged No. 4 Averett 3-2.
Zach Harding batted 3-for-5 with three RBIs as Apprentice School (27-6) won 14-2 over a Bridgewater team (23-8) that’s ranked 28th in the Division III coaches’ poll.
CNU senior Kim Morrissett made the All-USA South first team after leading the Captains to second place in the regular season, a two-spot improvement from a year ago.
Marion Gloor and Jodi Noland were on the second team, while New Kent High graduate Millie Downs and Angela Stallman gained honorable mention. Freshman Jackie Gaine received All-Sportsmanship honors, so all six starting Captains were honored in some form.
Because rain is forecast for Friday for Rocky Mount, N.C., the USA South tournament's first-round matches were moved indoors -- some to the Belmont Tennis Center in Rocky Mount and others to East Carolina's courts in Greenville, N.C.
CNU, the No. 2 seed, will face No. 7 N.C. Wesleyan at Belmont at 1 p.m.
CNU freshman Chiraag Shetty, a Tabb High graduate who has won nine of his last 10 singles matches, and senior Kyle Tobin made the All-USA South first team.
Also for the Captains, Joey Manilla was on the second team, while Robbie Wagner received honorable mention -- in effect, making the third team.
Former CNU player and assistant coach Worth Richardson, a first-year coach at North Carolina Wesleyan who led the Bishops to their fifth consecutive regular-season title, was named Coach of the Year. ...
As with the women's tournament, first-round matches for Friday were moved indoors to Belmont and Greenville. Second-seeded CNU will face No. 7 LaGrange at 10 a.m. at Belmont.