Colleges:

Baseball:

Gloucester High alum Josiah Burney was 3-for-4 with two runs and the go-ahead two-run double in the eighth as host Old Dominion (21-14, 9-7 Conference USA) beat East Carolina 7-3 to start a three-game series.

The Pirates fell to 20-14, 8-5. ...

No. 1 Virginia (29-5, 13-3 ACC) held off No. 13 Clemson 3-2 in a series opener in Charlottesville.

Nathan Kirby, coming off a no-hitter last weekend, pitched six innings for the win. U.Va. broke a 2-2 tie in the fourth inning when Nate Irving's double scored Nick Howard from first base. Howard got the save. ...

Virginia State (23-15) edged Apprentice School 4-3 with a walk-off RBI single by pinch hitter Colton Gunn in the 11th inning in Ettrick.

The Builders (22-11), who got two hits apiece from Chris Aldridge and Mark Labrador, had tied the score in the ninth with two runs. ...

VCU (24-7, 6-2 Atlantic 10) routed host Richmond 19-4 as Bill Cullen batted 5-for-5 and scored twice. He and Vimael Machin each drove in four runs, and Chris Ayers and Joey Cujas had four hits apiece for the Rams.

Mike Small had two RBI and Kurtis Brown had two hits for the Spiders (14-17-1, 5-5). ...

William and Mary’s Colonial Athletic Association game at James Madison was postponed due to inclement weather. The teams will play a doubleheader starting at 4 Saturday.

Men's gymnastics:

By
posting the second-best score on rings during the second day of competition at the NCAA championships in Ann Arbor, Mich., William and Mary senior Landon Funiciello earned a spot in Saturday’s individual event finals and will vie for his third NCAA All-America honor in the event.

 

Funiciello posted a 15.6 on rings, beaten only by the 15.7 of Oklahoma's Michael Squires. In addition to placing second on the NCAA rings to Squires last season, Funiciello finished sixth in the event as a freshman.

 

Sophomore Neal Courter nearly joined Funiciello in the finals as he placed 11th on vault at 15.0. Courter, looking to earn NCAA All-America honors in the event for the second consecutive season, finished 0.05 short of the finals.

W&M's Sam Patterson (14.7) and Funiciello (14.5) also competed on parallel bars and placed tied for 22nd and 27th, respectively. Patterson’s score matched his career high.


Softball:

Senior Morgan Boyd hit an inside-the-park home run, and junior Robyn Mitchell hit a grand slam and drove in five runs to lead Norfolk State (14-16, 8-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) to an 11-2 home win over Howard (1-26, 0-9).

Women’s lacrosse:

Host Towson beat William and Mary 16-11.

Women's tennis:

Old Dominion completed an 11-6 regular season with a 4-2 win over Georgetown in Washington.

The match began with singles instead of doubles, due to a threat of rain. Nikol Hristova, Marijana Novakovic, Ivana Vukovic and Melissa Esnal Olguin won their matches on lines 1, 3, 4 and 5, respectively.

The Monarchs are hosts for the Conference USA tournament April 16-20.

Men’s tennis: