Hampton’s season ended with a 3-0 loss to Georgia Southern in the NCAA regional in Gainesville, Fla., as Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year Sarah Purvis threw a perfect game, striking out six of 21 batters.
The Eagles’ Shelby Morrill hit an RBI single in the first inning and a two-run homer in the fifth. The Pirates (34-26) had won 15 of 18 games, including the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament, before going 0-2 in the NCAA. ...
Host Kentucky beat Virginia Tech 6-2, dropping the Hokies into the losers’ bracket of a regional. Kelsey Nunley pitched a one-hitter for the 12th-seeded Wildcats, though that one hit was a two-run single by Bkaye Smith.
But in the losers' bracket, Jasmin Harrell set a Tech record by pitching 13 innings for a complete game as the Hokies stayed alive by defeating Marshall 3-2. The Hokies (27-20) must defeat Kentucky twice Sunday to advance to a super-regional.
In the bottom of the 13th inning, Amanda Ake laced a two-out, two-strike double to the gap and made it to third base on an error. Smith, on a 2-0 count, then reached out and laced a single to left field to win the game.
Harrell threw 186 pitches, including 121 strikes. She struck out 13 and walked six.
Against Kentucky, freshman Maggie Tyler of Poquoson allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits, with two walks and a strikeout in one inning. ....
James Madison stayed alive in Knoxville’s regional by shutting out Longwood 5-0 on Jailyn Ford's four-hit shutout and grand slam.
JMU scored all the runs in the sixth. Poquoson High graduate Catherine Clavin began the rally with a single, and Grafton High product Morgan Heath brought her home with a single. Heath later scored on Ford's slam, which all but clinched the game.
Later Saturday, Clavin hit a three-run triple to pull JMU into a 4-4 tie with N.C. State in the top of the fifth inning. That game was suspended until 11:30 a.m. Sunday because of rain.
That contest's winner must beat Tennessee twice to advance.
No. 7 Virginia won a thrilling regular-season finale, beating No. 4 North Carolina 8-7 in Chapel Hill in 11 innings to take two of three in the series.
U.Va. (45-9, 22-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) squandered a 4-1 lead but scored four runs in the 11th to go ahead 8-4.
UNC (47-8, 21-7) rallied to 8-7 and had runners on first and second with one out when Skye Bolt hit a long fly to left-center. The Cavaliers’ Mike Papi made a leaping catch, and U.Va. doubled off a pinch-runner at first to end the game.
Second-seeded Virginia advanced to the NCAA semifinals, withstanding No. 7 Tennessee 4-0 in Champaign, Ill.
U.Va. won the doubles point and clinched the victory on singles wins by Alex Domijan at No. 2, Mac Styslinger at 5 and Jarmere Jenkins at 1.
Tennessee’s Mikelis Libietis, the top-ranked player in college tennis, retired with an ankle injury with Jenkins ahead 4-6, 6-4, 3-0.
The Cavaliers moved into a semifinal against No. 3 Georgia, which defeated Pepperdine 4-2. The Bulldogs have won four NCAA matches though one of the nation’s best players, KU Singh, quit their team just before the tournament.
No. 3 North Carolina eliminated No. 12 Virginia 13-9 in an NCAA quarterfinal.
The host Tar Heels went up 3-0 in the first 54 seconds, and U.Va. later had a goal disallowed because Ashlee Warner scored it with an illegal stick.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun