Former Hampton University coach Bobby Collins, 48, was named the head coach at Maryland Eastern Shore, one of the Pirates’ Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference rivals. He agreed to a four-year contract with a base salary of $135,000 per year.
Since being HU’s head coach for four years, Collins has coached Winston-Salem State since 2006. His last four teams averaged almost 20 wins per season, and the Rams made the NCAA Division II tournament in 2011, ’12 and ’13. ...
Tony Bennett was named the state Coach of the Year by the Virginia Sports Information Directors, and his Virginia point guard, Malcolm Brogdon, was named Player of the Year.
The first team included William and Mary junior Marcus Thornton, and the second team included Old Dominion’s Aaron Bacote, a Bethel High graduate, and Norfolk State’s Pendarvis Williams.
Thomas Stallings was 2-for-2, belted a home run and had three RBI as host VMI (17-13) beat William and Mary 5-1. Nick Thompson was 3-for-5 for the Tribe (20-11), whose only run scored on Charley Gould’s homer in the fourth. ...
Mike Papi and Joe McCarthy each slugged homers and drove in four runs as No. 1 Virginia (28-5) won 9-3 at James Madison (11-18), the 10th consecutive non-conference victory for the Cavaliers. Kyle Weston had two RBI for the Dukes. ...
A seven-run eighth sent VCU past Virginia Tech 11-6 at The Diamond.
It was quite a reversal for the Rams, who yielded four runs in the top of the seventh to fall behind 5-0. But they scored four in the bottom of that inning to get back in the game, then surged to a commanding lead in the eighth.
Catcher Chris Ayers batted 4-for-4 for VCU (23-7), which scored three runs on one play to go ahead for good. Logan Farrar doubled in two runs, then came around when Tech committed an error on the throw back in. Vimael Machin's three-run double later that inning all but put the game away.
The Hokies (14-16-1) got three RBI from Brendon Hayden. ...
Wofford (19-14) broke through for three runs in ninth inning to win 4-1 at Old Dominion in a non-conference series opener.
Ben Slaton had two hits for the Monarchs (19-14), and he scored their only run on a wild pitch, tying the score at 1 in the sixth.
But in the ninth, pinch hitter James Plaisted singled with the bases loaded to bring home Eric Brenk and give the Terriers of Spartanburg, S.C., a 2-1 lead. Wofford then scored two more unearned runs. ...
Virginia’s Nathan Kirby was named one of Collegiate Baseball’s National Players of the Week following his no-hitter with 18 strikeouts Friday night at Pittsburgh.
His strikeout total was one off the school and ACC single-game record as he pitched the Cavaliers’ first no-hitter since 2011.
No. 10 Virginia recorded a 45-under-par 819 at the 54-hole Jim West Intercollegiate in McKinney, Texas, to win its second tournament title this season — by 29 strokes over Iowa State — and break the school record in relation to par by 23 strokes.
The only better score ever posted by an ACC team was in 2005 by Georgia Tech (56-under 808).
U.Va. teammates David Pastore and Denny McCarthy tied for the individual medal at 13-under 203.
Salisbury (13-0, 5-0 Capital Athletic Conference), the nation's No. 1 Division III team, beat host Christopher Newport 18-10, though Ashton Marshall had four goals and Erin Callahan had three assists for the Captains. ...
Marshall, CNU’s all-time goal leader, was named the CAC Offensive Player of the Week.
After upsetting then-No. 2 Salisbury last week, CNU received votes for the first time in the national Division III coaches’ poll, though the Captains are still below the top 20. The Captains (9-2, 3-1 Capital Athletic Conference) play host to No. 14 Mary Washington on Wednesday night. ...
CNU freshman goalkeeper Matt Hayden was named the CAC Defensive Player of the Week. ...
Josh Currier scored six goals as Virginia Wesleyan (7-3) beat Ferrum 15-8.
CNU shortstop Candice Zollars was named a CAC Co-Player of the Week. She batted .586 (17-for-29) in 10 games last week, scored 15 runs and drove in six for the 14th-ranked Captains (26-6, 7-1). She’s hitting .458 this season.
Norfolk State (11-6) beat Longwood 6-1, the Spartans’ first-ever win over the Lancers.
No. 1 player Nikol Hristova of Sofia, Bulgaria, became the first ODU woman to be named Conference USA Player of the Week. She went unbeaten for the week. ...
Virginia sophomore Julia Elbaba was named the ACC Player of the Week for the second time this season. She won twice on singles line 1 as U.Va. — now No. 4 in the national rankings — to wins over then-No. 27 Georgia Tech and No. 15 Clemson.
Women’s track and field:
W&M’s Elaina Balouris was named the CAA Women’s Track Athlete of the Week after she ran a career-best 15:56.85 in the 5,000 meters at the Colonial Relays. That’s the ninth-best 5K of the season nationally in Division I. ...
CNU’s Jessica McClelland was named the Capital Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week after setting a school record of 4:39.87 in the 1,500 meters and helping the Captains’ distance medley relay establish a school mark of 12:15.88, far better than the old mark of 13:12.60.
Former U.Va. second baseman Philip Gosselin batted 4-for-5, scored twice, stole a base and drove in a run to help Gwinnett (3-2) win 10-5 at Norfolk (1-4) in a series opener at Harbor Park.
Caleb Joseph hit a two-run homer for the Tides and Henry Urrutia added two hits, but the Braves pounded starter Suk-min Yoon for 11 hits and nine earned runs in 2 1/3 innings.
Mike Minor, rehabbing for Gwinnett as he prepares to return to Atlanta, got the win in relief. Gavin Floyd, also a potential member of Atlanta’s rotation, started for Gwinnett. Joey Terdoslavich and Ernesto Mejia each had three hits and scored twice for the Braves.
Richmond (3-3) and Bowie (5-1) split a doubleheader to start a series in Maryland.
In the opener, the Flying Squirrels scored four runs on five hits in the first inning and held on to win 5-3.
Tyler Graham and Matt Duffy each had two hits and a run for the Flying Squirrels in that game.
Sharlon Schoop scored twice and hit a solo home run for the Baysox, the Baltimore Orioles’ Double-A affiliate.
In Game 2, Bowie won 2-1 in the eighth, the first extra inning, when Chih-Hsien Chiang doubled with one out to left field, bringing home Buck Britton from first base. Britton had singled to start the inning off loser Phil McCormick.
Angel Villalona homered in the second inning for the Squirrels, but the Baysox pulled even in the fifth when David Freitas' double brought home Sharlon Schoop, a former Squirrels player whose younger brother Jonathan plays for the major-league Orioles.
Oliver Drake got the win with two innings of relief.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun