RALEIGH, N.C. — No. 25 Virginia Tech tied a school record by belting five homers in a 12-1, five-inning softball win over North Carolina State on Saturday.
After the Hokies loaded the bases in the top of the first inning, Wolfpack freshman Sydney Nester (Carroll County) entered the game in relief. Nester served up a grand slam to Emma Strouth, giving Tech a 4-0 lead.
Maddi Banks homered off Nester in the second inning for a 5-0 lead. After Al Velazquez singled, Darby Trull homered off Nester for a 7-0 lead. Nester then left the game.
Jayme Bailey hit a two-run homer for Tech later in the second inning.
Tech’s Grace Chavez hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the fifth.
Virginia Tech (20-4, 4-1 ACC) clinched a second straight ACC series win for the first time since 2016.
State fell to 16-10, 0-2.
Georgia Tech 6, Virginia 3
ATLANTA — The Yellow Jackets (18-10, 3-2 ACC) scored four of its six runs with two outs to clinch the series against the Cavaliers (13-11, 3-2).
A trio of pitchers for Georgia Tech scattered six Virginia hits and struck out eight with Brooke Barfield picking up the win and Morgan Bruce (Northside) earning her third save of the season.
Lacy Smith accounted for all of the Cavs’ runs with a three-run homer and Hayley Busby finished 2 for 4 and scored a run.
Radford splits with Buccaneers
CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Radford softball team split a double header with Charleston Southern winning the opener 3-1 and falling 9-7 in the nightcap.
In Game 1, a bases-loaded single by Maggie Rowe in the top of seventh, coupled with a fielding error, scored three runs for the Highlanders (8-16, 1-2 Big South).
Winning pitcher Kayla Huffman then sat the Buccaneers (8-23, 2-1) down in order in the bottom of the seventh.
Sofia Tapia went 2 for 3 and scored a run for the Highlanders.
Charleston Southern scored five runs in the bottom of the first of Game 2 after Radford scored four times in the top of inning.
Hannah Medlam and Talia Douglas had two hits and two RBIs each for Radford.
FERRUM — The Panthers swept Oswego (0-2) in a double header by the scores of 5-4 and 7-1.
In the opener, Lois Carpenter doubled to knock in Tori Scot (Staunton River) to put the Panthers (8-6) on top and winning pitcher Jasmine Agee (Magna Vista) retired the Lakers in the top of the seventh.
Scott had two hits, two RBIs and a run scored, and Keri Hamlett and Ariell Eure had two hits and scored a run each.
In Game 2, Ferrum jumped scored two runs in the first and five in the second inning.
Carpenter drove in three runs and Scott had three hits and a run.
SVU splits DH with Mary Baldwin
BUENA VISTA — The Southern Virginia softball team split a nonconference double header with Mary Baldwin, taking the opener 2-1 and falling in the nightcap 8-3.
In Game 1, the Knights scored both of their runs in the bottom of the fifth. Tara Hilton scored on a bases-loaded walk and Jordan Stites scored on a throwing error.
Winning pitcher Megan Harmon shut out the Fighting Squirrels (3-9) the rest of the way.
Harmon threw a complete-game three-hitter with three strikeouts and two walks.
In Game 2, the Knights (4-14) took a 3-1 first inning lead, but Mary Baldwin answered with three runs in the second and two runs in both the fourth and seventh innings.
Hilton drove in a pair of runs and Bethanie Hudson had an RBI single for the Knights.
Virginia Tech 16, Pittsburgh 1
PITTSBURGH — Nick Owens doubled and drove in four runs, and Kerry Carpenter went 3-for-4 with four more RBIs, as the Hokies scored seven runs in the second inning and never looked back in their rout of the host Panthers.
Freshman Chris Gerard had his second consecutive strong outing for Virginia Tech (13-5, 3-2), tossing five shutout innings, scattering five hits and two walks while striking out six for the win.
J.C. Mendez drove in a run in the bottom of the ninth to avoid the shutout for Pittsburgh (6-11, 0-5).
Georgia Tech 7, Virginia 3
ATLANTA — Connor Thomas allowed two runs on seven hits in 7 1/3 innings and Kyle McCann homered and drove in two runs to help lift the Yellow Jackets over the visiting Cavaliers.
Luke Waddell went 3-for-5 with two RBIs for Georgia Tech (12-7, 2-3).
Cameron Simmons, Alex Tappen and Nic Kent each drove in a run for Virginia (9-9, 2-3).
Highlanders rally late to earn doubleheader split
CLINTON, S.C. — J.D. Mundy’s grand slam in the top of the ninth keyed a seven-run rally that gave Radford (6-12) a 9-3 victory in the nightcap of a doubleheader with host Presbyterian (7-12).
The Blue Hose took the opening game 7-1 behind a strong pitching performance from Eric Miles.
Mundy, at Northside graduate, drove in five runs in the nightcap for the Highlanders, while Spencer Horwitz had an RBI in both games and scored in Game 1.
Johnny Cook homered and drove in two for the Blue Hose in the opener, while Nick Guimbarda doubled and added a solo homer in the nightcap.
Lehigh 15, VMI 13, 10 inn.
LEXINGTON — Quinn McKenna hit a pinch-hit, two-run home run in the top of the 10th inning, as the Mountain Hawks scored 11 runs in the final five innings to rally and defeat the host Keydets.
Mike Maguire, Matt Hand and Jake Kochmansky each drove in three runs for Lehigh (7-7).
Ryan Hatten led VMI (3-15) by going 5-for-5 with two doubles, two home runs and six RBIs.
Maroons sweep DH from Generals
LEXINGTON — Hunter Andrews and Dean Hermanson each had two hits and three RBIs in the opener, and three pitchers combined to toss a complete-game, seven-hit shutout in the nightcap to give Roanoke College (7-7, 4-0) a doubleheader sweep of Washington and Lee (8-9, 2-5) by the scores of 14-6 and 3-0.
Andrews and Dean Hermanson each hit home runs in the opener, and Will Smith doubled three times and had two RBIs across both games for the Maroons.
Jason Volpicelli had two hits and two RBIs for the Generals in the opener.
Eagles take two from Panthers
FERRUM — Jarrett Biesecker went 6-for-10 across both games, with two RBIs, and he scored on a fielder’s choice in the nightcap to give Bridgewater (6-10, 2-2) a doubleheader sweep of Ferrum (11-7, 4-2) by the scores of 6-3 and 8-7.
Luke Paczewski went 2-for-3 with two RBIs in the opener and Brett Jones drove in three runs for the Eagles in the nightcap.
Kyle Anstice doubled, homered and drove in three runs across both games and Tim Ortega doubled and brought home three runs in the nightcap for the Panthers.
Knights drop pair to Spartans
YORK, Pa. — Jimmy Wiegers doubled, homered and drove in eight runs between the two games as York (7-1, 3-0) swept a doubleheader from Southern Virginia (8-5, 0-3) on Saturday by 13-8 and 17-1 scores.
Austin Denlinger, Justin Kilpatrick and Craig Wiley each drove in a pair of runs in the opener and Bailey Doan added four RBIs in the nightcap for the Spartans.
Cole Critchfield doubled and drove in three runs, and Brady Lamb added a homer and two RBIs for the Knights in the opener, while Mitch Tyse homered on Game 2 for SVU.
No. 11 Virginia 13, No. 7 Notre Dame 11
CHARLOTTESVILLE — Ian Laviano scored five goals and Dox Aitken added three, as the Cavaliers outscored the Fighting Irish 5-1 in the fourth quarter to come from behind.
Two of Aitken’s goals came in the fourth quarter.
Alex Rode made six saves in the win for Virginia (5-2, 2-0 ACC).
Notre Dame (3-2, 0-1) got two goals each from Quinn McCahon, Brian Willetts, Wheaton Jackoboice and Charles Leonard, and goalkeeper Matt Schmidt made 11 saves.
Shenandoah 19, Ferrum 6
WINCHESTER — Chris Baker scored six goals and added two assists, including three goals in the fourth quarter, as the Hornets outscored the Panthers 10-0 in the fourth quarter.
Michael Brooks added five goals and four assists, and Ryan Schott tallied four goals and two assists for Shenandoah (6-2, 2-0).
Ferrum (1-7, 0-2) got three goals and two assists from Mackoy Bodmer and two goals from Ronald Carney.
Southern Virginia 25, Carthage 16
BUENA VISTA — Zack Danneman recorded seven goals and two assists, and Shawn Lamb added six goals and two assists as the Knights scored 16 goals in the first half against the Reds.
Chandler Wescott notched three goals and five assists, and three goalkeepers combined for 11 saves for Southern Virginia (4-5).
Carthage (6-2) was led by Noah Linder with five goals and two assists, and two goals.
No. 20 Notre Dame 10, No. 5 Virginia 9
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Irish capped a 4-0 run when Andie Aldave scored with 1:30 to play to put Notre Dame (8-0, 2-0 ACC) on top.
The Cavaliers (7-3, 0-3) were led by Sammy Mueller with four goals and an assist, and Maggie Jackson with two goals and three assists.
No. 3 Washington and Lee 14, St. Mary’s 13
LEXINGTON — Haley Tucker scored with 33 seconds left in the game as the No. 3 Generals (5-2) edged the Seahawks (4-3).
Dani Murray scored a season-high five goals and Tucker, Rebecca Wellford and Katherine Faria added two goals each, with Tucker dishing out three assists.
Mary Washington 19, Roanoke 7
FREDERICKSBURG — Allison Davis and Julia Albert scored five goals each, and the Eagles (7-1) took a 10-3 lead to the half against the Maroons (6-2).
Jenn Schwechheimer, Kate Clements and Ellie Armstrong scored two goals each, with Schwechheimer dishing out two assists and Armstrong one for Roanoke.
UC Davis 18, Radford 13
DAVIS, Calif. — Taylor Cuenin scored seven goals and the Aggies (6-5) rode a five-goal halftime lead for the win.
Lindsey Carroll netted five goals and Callie Bonnel and Juliette Ruland added three goals each for the Highlanders (1-6).
Cavaliers take second, Hokies ninth at Tar Heel Classic
HIGUEY, LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic — Three Virginia women’s golfers finished in the top-10, giving the Cavaliers a second-place finish at the Tar Heel Classic, held at the Casa de Campo Teeth of the Dog Course.
Emilia Migliaccio and Beth Lillie both finished 4-under par, which tied them for third place. Katharine Patrick finished at 1-over par, good for a six-way tie for ninth place.
Emily Mahar finished in a tie for 20th place at 5-over par and Amanda Hollandsworth (Floyd County) ended the tournament a shot back of Mahar in a tie for 26th place.
Roanoke Valley Junior Golf Association
Jr. Tour’s CaddieNow Junior Championship
First-round scores, at Blue Hills Golf Course
Samir Davidov, Roanoke 37-39—76
Brett Pennington, Troutville 42-37—79
Peyton Spangler, Roanoke 41-40—81
Cameron Dillon, Hardy 39-43—82
Slade Aliff, Hardy 45-39—84
Jonathan Peterson, Forest 45-40—85
Harrison Withers, Roanoke 43-42—85
Luke Barrette, Roanoke 48-43—91
Timmy Massey, Wirtz 45-47—92
Calvin Anthony, Roanoke 41-53—94
Trey Joyce, Salem 41-40—81
Sean Ruan, Blacksburg 41-44—85
Carson Moore, Boones Mill 45-42—87
Samuel Fansler, Moneta 44-43—87
Joseph Morinelli, Crozet 47-45—92
Henrick Zhen, Blacksburg 50-44—94
Macy Johnson, Salem 52-49—101