In a hastily arranged tuneup for both teams' postseason play, Norfolk State scored twice in the eighth inning to beat the visiting Apprentice School 4-3.
Woodside High graduate Justin Burrell, who had two hits, scored the tying run on Andre' Moore's infield single. Kyle Vaas drove in the eventual winning run with a sacrifice fly to sway the outcome to NSU after the Builders (26-12) had gone ahead 3-2 in the eighth on Thomas Dudley's RBI single.
Trevin Wilson, Chris Aldridge, Mark Labrador and Lee Rossi had two hits each for the Builders.
The Spartans next will compete in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament May 14-18, in which they will be at home. The Builders will head to Springfield, Ill., for the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association Small College World Series. ...
Matt Fraudin pitched a one-hitter and struck out 11 as Gardner-Webb beat William and Mary 2-0 in Boiling Springs, N.C., in the first of a three-game series. Nick Thompson singled in the seventh for the usually powerful Tribe’s only hit.
Hampton went 1-1 on the first day of the double-elimination MEAC tournament at Ormond Beach, Fla., beating Savannah State 4-3 with a run in the bottom of the seventh but then losing 9-1 to Bethune-Cookman.
Fourth-seeded Towson, which will need to beat the Dukes twice Friday to claim the CAA's automatic NCAA tournament berth, won twice Thursday to gain the other berth in the finals. The Tigers ousted the No. 2 College of Charleston 8-6, then sent No. 3 Hofstra -- the conference's perennial power -- home with a 5-4 victory. ...
In the single-elimination Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinals in College Park, Md., Katey Smith smacked a grand slam to cap a five-run sixth inning as No. 3 seed Virginia Tech pulled away to beat No. 6 Syracuse 10-4.
The Hokies (35-20) earned the right to face second-seeded Notre Dame in a semifinal Friday. The Irish broke a scoreless standoff in the sixth inning with a three-run homer for a 3-0 win against No. 7 Boston College.
Tech, which entered the tournament with an RPI of 46, is hoping to improve its at-large chances if it doesn't win the tourney. Kelly Heinz (20-12) pitched six innings for the win, and Poquoson's Maggie Tyler struck out two in a scoreless Orange seventh despite yielding two hits.
Louisville rallied for six runs in the bottom of the ninth to defeat Norfolk 10-7, capped by Mike Costanzo’s one-out grand slam to right off Preston Guilmet, who yielded all of the ninth-inning damage.
Brian Ward had four RBI for the Tides (11-22), including a three-run homer in the second inning, and teammate Alexi Casilla batted 4-for-4 with two runs. Xavier Paul added two runs on his 2-for-4 night.
Norfolk cuffed around former Yankees starter Chien-Ming Wang, 34, who is attempting a comeback in the Cincinnati organization. The Taiwanese veteran gave up seven earned runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.
The Bats, who trailed 7-2 after 5 1/2 innings, improved to 15-18 by winning three of four games in the series.
Erie beat Richmond 6-5 in a series opener before 7,218 at The Diamond, thanks to three consecutive doubles in a two-run eighth inning that gave the SeaWolves (14-17), the Detroit Tigers' Double-A affiliate, a 6-4 advantage.
Matt Duffy had three RBI for the Flying Squirrels (17-15), and U.Va. product Jarrett Parker added a solo home run. Devin Harris was 2-for-4 and scored twice.