10:11 PM EDT, May 10, 2013
Jailynn Jackson pitched a three-hitter for her third victory in two days as Hampton beat Savannah State 3-1 Friday to earn a berth in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament's championship round at Ormond Beach, Fla.
The Pirates (33-23) will have two opportunities Saturday to win the title and an automatic NCAA tournament bid. They will play at 1 p.m. against the winner of the 6 p.m. Friday game between Savannah State and Norfolk State.
Taylor McCoy and Kerissa Burruel each batted 2-for-3, and each of McCoy's hits drove in Diamond Ponds. The Pirates have won 14 of their last 16 games. ...
Norfolk State (29-21) improved to 3-1 in the tournament with a pair of victories Friday, setting up its de-facto semifinal against Savannah State.
First, the Spartans defeated Florida A&M 8-7 on Kathy Cortez's two-run walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh. Heather Dunning and Cortez each went 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Haley Ward also had a pair of hits.
Then NSU handled Delaware State 5-1 by scoring five runs in the second inning and relying on the pitching of Jamie Schulle, who gained her second victory of the day.
NCAA Division III:
In a winners' bracket game at the Salem regional, fourth-seeded Christopher Newport and top-seeded Salisbury were locked in a 3-3 tie in the top of the eighth inning when bad weather delayed play.
CNU trailed 3-1 entering the bottom of the seventh, but capitalized on three walks to pull even. Salisbury will have the bases loaded when play resumes.
Ace pitcher Olivia Galati and Hofstra captured the Colonial Athletic Association tournament with three victories, including Friday's 2-1 triumph over James Madison in Hempstead, N.Y.
The Pride (43-11) gained an automatic NCAA bid with Galati's three-hitter and second baseman Tori Rocha's two-run double in the third inning. The Dukes (41-15), who were victimized by Galati's perfect game the previous day, hope for an at-large berth when the field is released at 10 p.m. Sunday on ESPNU.
Hannah Hayes doubled and scored in the sixth for JMU.
Sixth-seeded Virginia Tech fell 3-1 to No. 2 N.C. State in the ACC semifinals in Tallahassee, Fla. Caitlin Dent belted a two-run homer for the Wolfpack.
Freshman Maggie Tyler (3-2) of Poquoson, making her sixth start of the season for the Hokies (35-19), pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on eight hits with two strikeouts in the loss. She earned a save the previous day.
The Wolfpack will face top-seeded Florida State for the title at 6 p.m. Sunday. FSU beat No. 4 North Carolina 3-0.
William and Mary leveled its series at UNC Wilmington with a 5-1 win over the CAA-leading Seahawks. ...
Gloucester's Josiah Burney hit a home run and Michael Perez was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI as host Old Dominion beat Norfolk State 8-3 to open a two-day, home-and-home series. The Monarchs pulled away with a four-run seventh inning. ...
No. 7 Virginia scored three runs in a rain-interrupted ninth inning to overcome Duke 6-5 in Charlottesville, winning on Reed Gragnani’s RBI single.
Casey Bocklet scored four goals as Virginia beat Penn 12-6 in Charlottesville in the NCAA tournament's first round.
The Cavaliers (10-9) will play at No. 6 Georgetown at 1 p.m. Sunday in the round of 16.
No. 41 Virginia Tech scored perhaps its biggest victory of the season, bouncing No. 23 Michigan 4-2 in an NCAA first-round match in Lexington, Ky. ...
Minnesota defeated VCU 4-3 in a first-round thriller in Charlottesville.
The Rams won the doubles point and got singles victories at 3 from Alejandro Argente and at 5 from Jaime Vazquez, but the Gophers prevailed by taking four singles matches.
Minnesota's Rok Bonin broke the 3-all tie by edging Max Wennakoski 7-6, 0-6, 6-4 at No. 1.
Minnesota will, as expected, take on second-seeded Virginia on Saturday. The Cavaliers quickly dismissed Fairleigh Dickinson 4-0.
Mary Washington freshman Shelby Harris of Newport News won at No. 1 doubles and at No. 2 singles to help the Eagles defeat St. Vincent 5-0 in an NCAA Division III first-round match in Pittsburgh.
Harris, a former Hampton Roads Academy standout, won 8-2 in doubles with Lindsay Raulston and 6-1, 6-3 in singles. The Eagles, ranked 27th nationally, play at noon Saturday against the regional host, No. 8 Carnegie Mellon. ...
Also in the D-III tournament, freshman Claire Spencer of Newport News won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 5 singles to help Carleton (Minn.) wrap up a 5-1 win over Grinnell.
Carleton advanced to play regional host Wisconsin-Whitewater. ...
In the Division I tournament, Tennessee ousted VCU 4-0 in the first round.
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