Friday's college multi-sport roundup: Norfolk State softball player ties NCAA record for consecutive hits

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Sophomore Haley Ward tied the NCAA softball record for consecutive hits as host Norfolk State (12-15, 5-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) shut down Howard (3-18, 1-4) in a doubleheader sweep Friday, 10-0, 14-0.

Ward went 2-for-2 in the first game and then tripled in her first at-bat of the second game to tie the NCAA Division I record of 13 straight hits, set by Boston University’s April Setterland in 2010. Ward then grounded out to the pitcher later in the inning. ...

No. 21 Division III team Christopher Newport (19-10, 11-2 USA South) swept Averett 3-2 and 7-3. Winner Krista Townsend struck out 10 in Game 2.


An unassisted double play by third baseman Chad Pinder of Poquoson in the ninth inning enabled Virginia Tech (19-8, 6-4 ACC) to upend No. 4 Florida State 3-2 in Blacksburg.

With one out and the tying runner on third, Pinder snagged a line drive, then doubled off the runner to beat the Seminoles (23-3, 7-3). ...

Virginia pulled away with a nine-run eighth inning to beat Miami 15-4 in a series opener in Charlottesville.

The Cavaliers, ranked as high as No. 5 nationally, overcame a three-run Miami fourth in which the Hurricanes didn't have a hit, tying the score at 4.

U.Va. sophomore Mike Papi went 4-for-4 with three doubles as he continued his torrid stretch; he has 18 hits in his last 26 at-bats. ...

High Point (14-12) ended William and Mary’s winning streak at eight with a 7-5, 10-inning triumph at Plumeri Park.

The Tribe (18-9) was led by second baseman Ryan Lindemuth, who had two hits, three RBIs and a run. W&M scored four runs in the seventh to tie the score, but the Panthers retaliated with two in the 10th. ...

Mat Batts pitched a shutout for UNC Wilmington (18-8, 5-1 CAA) for a 1-0 win over Old Dominion (13-11, 4-6).

Batts scattered three hits over nine innings and struck out eight hitters. Corey Dick’s single in the second inning scored the run.

Men’s gymnastics:

W&M placed second among four Varsity Division teams in the USA Gymnastics National Championship at Kaplan Arena, totaling 419.10. Air Force won with 420.85.

The Tribe’s Daniel Potemski (84.35) and Keaton Ackerman (81.40) placed 1-2 all-around, helping W&M to its second-best team score of the year.

Women's lacrosse:

No. 17 Christopher Newport ran its winning streak to 11 with a 25-0 home rout of LaGrange.

Ashton Marshall led the Captains (11-1, 5-0 USA South) with seven goals, while Jessica Singer added five. The Panthers fell to 5-7, 2-4.

Men’s golf:

Ben Hunter shot a par-72 to win the medal and help Apprentice beat Chowan 306-333 on a windy Sleepy Hole course.

The Builders’ Eric Johnston (77), Kyle Mutter (78) and Blake Henger (79) also posted scores better than any Chowan player.

Women’s tennis:

No. 7 Duke edged No. 27 Virginia 4-3 in Durham as Hannah Mar, the Blue Devils’ No. 1 player, rallied from a 5-1 deficit in the decisive third-set tiebreaker to beat Stephanie Nauta and break a 3-3 team deadlock. ...

Christopher Newport (12-4, 8-0 USA South) ran its winning streak to 10 matches with a 9-0 shutout at winless Averett.

Captains No. 1 player Kim Morrissett, who recently set CNU's all-time singles victory record, achieved one of her more impressive triumphs with a 6-2, 6-1 win victory against Suvi Salminen, a Finn who won her match against conference co-leader Methodist.

Men's tennis:

CNU (10-4, 5-1) earned its ninth consecutive victory by dusting Averett 9-0 in Danville.

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