Ben Slaton and Tyler Urps each knocked in two runs Friday to lead Old Dominion (29-20, 15-13 Conference USA) to a 6-3 victory over Marshall (20-26, 10-15) in the opener of a three-game series in Charleston, W.Va.
ODU jumped out with four runs in the second on RBI hits from Connor Myers, Jordan Negrini and Urps. Urps’ hit brought home Negrini and Myers to give ODU a 4-0 lead.
Marshall came back with three runs in the bottom of the second.
In the ODU fifth inning, Nick Walker and PJ Higgins singled and Gloucester's Josiah Burney walked to load the bases. Slaton singled through the right side to bring home Higgins and Walker for a 6-3 ODU lead. Dean Ali (5-2) got the win in relief, and Brad Gero picked up his 10th save of the year.
ODU needs to win one of the last two games to ensure a spot in the eight-team C-USA tournament. The Monarchs began the day 27th in the Rating Percentage Index, giving them good hope of an NCAA at-large bid even if they don't win their conference tournament. ...
No. 1 Virginia overcame Georgia Tech 4-3 on Mike Papi's two-out, two-run single in the seventh inning. That gave Brian O'Connor his 500th coaching victory with the Cavaliers and made him the second-fastest ACC coach to reach that milestone.
O'Connor is 500-170-2 with the Cavaliers, reaching 500 wins in 672 games; Florida State's Mike Martin reached 500 wins in 664 games after the Seminoles joined the ACC in 1992.
Virginia (39-9, 19-6) improved to 12-3 in one-run games this season and recorded its fifth win when trailing after six innings. Georgia Tech dropped to 29-21, 14-14. ...
William and Mary lost 4-3 at Gardner-Webb, the Bulldogs' second victory with one game to go in the three-game series. Andrew Barnett struck out 13 in seven innings for Gardner-Webb.
The hosts scored two runs in the sixth and two in the seventh to take a 4-0 lead, but W&M (30-17) struck for three runs in the eighth before closer Brad Haymes came on to strand the potential tying run at third in each of the last two innings.
The Tribe, which leads the Colonial Athletic Association but has an RPI worse than 80, likely will need to win the conference tournament to earn an NCAA berth. W&M gained an at-large bid last season. ...
Host Massachusetts edged VCU 5-4 in 10 innings, scoring the winning run on a wild pitch by Warhill High graduate Thomas Gill.
Joey Cujas had three hits for the Rams (32-14, 13-7 Atlantic 10). The Minutemen improved to 12-28, 9-13.
Hampton saw its season end at 29-20 with a 2-2 performance in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament at Ormond Beach, Fla.
To begin Friday, HU shut out Norfolk State 8-0 to end the Spartans' season at 20-26. Winner Jailynn Jackson scattered five hits in six innings and struck out five.
A five-run sixth inning did most of the damage for the Pirates, who then lost 9-0 to Delaware State.
Against NSU, Danielle Baccus hit a two-run single to highlight the frame, and the Spartans went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning to end the game on the eight-run rule. ...
Notre Dame overcame a five-run deficit to defeat Virginia Tech 9-6 in an Atlantic Coast Conference semifinal in College Park, Md., leaving the Hokies on the NCAA tournament bubble.
The third-seeded Hokies scored five runs in the first inning, which included a two-run single by Amanda Ake.
But the Irish -- seeded second and ranked 20th nationally -- bounced back with a seven-run fourth against two Tech pitchers.
The Hokies' Maggie Tyler of Poquoson yielded five runs in four innings. Reliever Kelly Heinz took the loss, giving up six hits, four walks and four runs in two innings.
Notre Dame earned a berth in Saturday's championship game against top-seeded Florida State.
Tech began the tournament with an RPI rating of 46. Sixty-four teams will qualify for the tournament, whose field will be announced at 10 p.m. Sunday on ESPNU. ...
James Madison completed a three-win, unbeaten two-day run to win the Colonial Athletic Association tournament on its home field, shutting out Towson 4-0 in Harrisonburg.
Heather Kiefer pitched six shutout innings of relief as the Dukes (44-13) earned an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. They extended their winning streak to 15 games while gaining their first CAA title since 2009.
Senior shortstop Caitlin Sandy earned tournament Most Outstanding Player honors by batting .556 (5-for-9) with two doubles and three RBI in three games.
JMU senior Catherine Clavin of Poquoson didn't play Friday, but she has played in 46 games this season -- starting 11 -- and has three home runs, 19 RBI and a .210 average.
Newport News' Shelby Harris and her Mary Washington teammates earned their way to the NCAA Division III round of 16 with a 5-1 home win over Trinity of San Antonio, Texas.
Harris and Lindsay Raulston, who grew up in Franklin, gave the Eagles a 2-1 edge with a 9-8 (7-4) triumph on doubles line 1. In singles, No. 1 Raulston, No. 4 Alex Ritter of Virginia Beach and No. 6 Berri Flood won comfortably to clinch UMW's triumph.
Harris' No. 2 singles match was stopped when the Eagles reached five team points. She lost the first set 6-4 but led 5-1 in the second.
The Eagles, ranked 21st nationally, will face No. 4 Johns Hopkins at 3 p.m. Saturday in Fredericksburg for a berth in the Elite Eight. ...
In the Division I tournament's first round, third-seeded Virginia blew out Youngstown State 4-0 in Charlottesville, giving Mark Guilbeau the 300th win in his college coaching career -- and a familiar matchup Saturday.
The Cavaliers, having their best season in school history, will play Saturday against 32nd-ranked Kentucky, which overcame No. 38 Columbia 4-2 in the day's first match.
Guilbeau is 146-86 mark in nine seasons at Virginia. Before he came to U.Va., he was 154-89 in nine seasons at Kentucky. ...
In Chapel Hill, seventh-seeded North Carolina shut out VCU 4-0.
The Tar Heels will meet Georgia State, a 4-3 winner over Tennessee, for a berth in the round of 16 in Athens, Ga. ...
In Waco, Texas, No. 20 Rice beat No. 67 Denver 4-0.
Maureen Slattery, a former HRA teammate of Harris', was the Summit League champion Pioneers' MVP as a freshman, though she was part of an 8-1 defeat Friday at No. 2 doubles and fell 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 singles.
Apprentice’s Ben Hunter was tied for eighth at 7-over-par 79 after one round of the PGA Minority College Championship in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Virginia, ranked 20th nationally, is fifth entering Saturday's final round of competition at the NCAA East Regional in Tallahassee, Fla. The top eight teams from the 24-team field advance to the NCAA Championships.
Virginia shot 4-over 292 Friday for a 36-hole total of 1-under 575. No. 12 Vanderbilt leads the field at 10-under 566, while No. 2 Duke is second at 572. No. 34 Tulane is tied with No. 5 South Carolina for third place at 574, one stroke ahead of the Cavaliers.
Lauren Coughlin, at 2-under 142, leads U.Va. at eighth place individually.
VCU announced it has selected a construction firm, Barton Malow and VMDO Architects, to build its new $25 million basketball practice facility adjacent to the Siegel Center. With that announcement came the release of new artistic renderings of the complex.
Norfolk State agreed to carry its football and men's basketball games on Star 1310 AM (WGH) next season, as well as an NSU news program Saturday mornings.
The Norfolk Tides amassed a season-high 23 hits as they won 10-7 over the host Indianapolis Indians, Pittsburgh's top affiliate, in a series opener.
Francisco Peguero, a right fielder who’s on a rehabilitation assignment from the Orioles, had three hits. So did Ivan De Jesus, Brett Wallace, Quintin Berry and Buck Britton. Britton and Xavier Paul homered, and each drove in a trio of runs.
Suk-min Yoon (1-4), one of the Tides' most struggling pitchers, got the win by yielding five hits and three earned runs in five innings.
Leading 8-6 after eight innings, Norfolk added two runs off former VCU and Yankees reliever Cody Eppley in the ninth.
Myles Schroder hit a two-run single off Nick Avila in the 13th inning to give Richmond a 7-6 walk-off victory over the Erie SeaWolves, a contest that didn't end until about 1:15 a.m. Saturday at The Diamond.
Even excluding an 86-minute rain delay in the fourth inning, it was by far the Flying Squirrels' longest game of the year. Kelby Tomlinson set a Squirrels record by stealing five bases, though Richmond squandered numerous late opportunities.
It looked like a four-run seventh would be decisive for Richmond, but Erie -- Detroit's Double-A club -- scored three runs in the ninth. The SeaWolves went ahead in the 13th before yielding.
John Gibson, who started in goal for the Norfolk Admirals and made 81 saves as they split the first two games of their best-of-seven AHL Eastern Conference semifinal series against St. John's, was recalled by the Anaheim Ducks. They trail the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 in their NHL West semifinal.
Since Gibson is gone, Brad Thiessen figures to start at 8 p.m. Saturday in Game 3 against St. John's at Scope Arena.
Forward Emerson Etem, who has seen action with the Ducks in these playoffs, was reassigned to the Admirals but might return to Anaheim before Norfolk's Game 3, according to the @ducksprospects Twitter feed.