In college baseball Friday, Ben Verlander and Gloucester High graduate Joey Burney belted home runs to help Old Dominion win 7-4 at James Madison in a series opener in Harrisonburg.
Verlander, batting .398 this season, is showing he's much more than just "Justin's younger brother" this year. He had three hits, including his Colonial Athletic Association-leading ninth home run of the season, and scored three times.
Burney, ODU's starting first baseman, hit a sacrifice fly in the third inning and a two-run homer in the eighth to make the score 6-2.
JMU was led by Casey Goss, who knocked in two runs, and Cole McInturff, who had two hits and scored twice.
Towson (14-15, 6-4 CAA) won a series opener 12-4 over William and Mary (20-11, 5-2) at John Schuerholz Park.
The Tribe's usually reliable starting pitching was ineffective as the Tigers pounded Brett Koehler for seven runs -- five earned -- and nine hits in 2 1/3 innings. Ryan Brown led the Tribe by going 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Towson's Peter Bowles had three RBIs and was joined in the three-hit club by teammates Pat Fitzgerald, Dominic Fratantuono and Kurt Wertz. ...
No. 25 N.C. State edged No. 22 Virginia Tech 8-7 in 14 innings in Raleigh on a disappointing end for the Hokies (21-10, 7-6 ACC).
With one out in the 14th for the Wolfpack (22-10, 6-7), Grant Clyde singled off Sean Keselica and went to second when center fielder Andrew Rash bobbled the ball. Clyde went to third on a balk and scored on a wild pitch, capping his 3-for-7, three-run evening.
Rash was 3-for-7 with three RBIs and a run. Poquoson's Chad Pinder had a rare tough offensive night for Tech, batting 1-for-6 with three strikeouts.
Santa Clara rallied to win 80-77 at George Mason and take the College Basketball Invitational title in their series’ decisive Game 3.
George Mason freshman guard Patrick Holloway's 3-point attempt to send the game into overtime clanked off the back rim as time expired.
The Patriots' Sherrod Wright had 24 points and 10 rebounds. But George Mason shot 6-of-25 from 3-point range and 15-of-22 from the free-throw line. Mason finished 22-16 in its final CAA season before heading to the Atlantic 10.
Kevin Foster had 24 points, Marc Trasolini had 20 points and Evan Roquemore added 19 for Santa Clara (26-12), which bounced back after going winless in the West Coast Conference last season.
Tournament MVP Foster hit a 3-pointer with 1:11 remaining to put the Broncos on top for good at 75-73.
W&M, with a 410.45 score, placed second to Temple (411.65) among six teams in the ECAC Championship meet in Springfield, Mass.
The Tribe is ranked 12th nationally and will compete in Saturday's ECAC individual finals.
Old Dominion wrestler Chris Mecate was named the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year after finishing the season 37-9, 7-0 in CAA competition.
He became the third ODU wrestler to win the award and first since 2008.
Monarchs coach Steve Martin said, “Chris had an outstanding year both on and off the mat. He has a 3.25 GPA and performed at a high level throughout the year. He has a strong work ethic and is determined to win NCAA titles. We are looking forward to guiding him on his quest.”
Track and field:
At the Colonial Relays at Zable Stadium, William and Mary's Elaina Balouris ran a time of 16 minutes, 3.43 seconds to take second place in the fastest heat of the 5,000 meters. It was the first school record for the All-American junior.
Host W&M overcame Georgia State 4-3, thanks in part to Maria Belaya’s 7-5, 6-7, 6-1 victory at the top spot over Abigail Tere-Apisah, who is ranked 36th nationally in singles.
No. 55 Virginia Tech (11-6, 3-2 ACC) edged No. 36 N.C. State 4-3 in Raleigh, winning the doubles point and three singles matches.
With the score tied at 3, Hokies No. 6 player Joao Monteiro, a freshman, outlasted Beck Bond 6-4, 2-6, 7-5. The Hokies' two nationally ranked players -- Andreas Bjerrehus (81st) and Amerigo Contini (55th) -- won at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively.
Two-time All-CAA strong safety Brian Thompson, who has concluded his William and Mary career, was recently honored as a recipient of the National Strength and Conditioning Association annual All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year award.
The NSCA All-American Athlete of the Year program is in its 34th year and recognizes student-athletes’ dedication to strength training and conditioning.
Thompson finished his career with 225 tackles (14 for a loss), five interceptions and 16 pass breakups.
Kyrstin Mackrides and Ellen Shaffrey each had two goals and an assist for William and Mary, but the Tribe lost 11-9 to Drexel. The game was tied at 8-8 midway through the second half, but the Dragons scored three of the last four goals.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun