Top-seeded Christopher Newport dropped two games Friday and was eliminated from the USA South baseball tournament.
The Captains (28-11-1), ranked eighth in Division III, still have a good chance of an NCAA tournament bid.
First, Piedmont beat the Captains 6-1 in Zebulon, N.C.
Matt Lisk gained his second victory of the season, holding the Captains to three hits in 7 2/3 innings. CNU stranded 12 runners in nine innings, though Preston Grissom singled home Kyle Corwin in the fifth to make the score 2-1.
But Josh Bailey's two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth put the fifth-seeded Lions of Demorest, Ga., in control, and they added two runs in the seventh.
At night, N.C. Wesleyan defeated CNU 4-1. Ciro Norzagaray (4-0) hit a two-run double in the top of the fifth and, in his first collegiate pitching start, struck out four and scattered six hits in 6 1/3 innings. ...
Former Peninsula Pilot Buck Farmer (7-1) pitched a complete game to lead No. 19 Georgia Tech past No. 5 Virginia 2-1 in a series opener in Atlanta.
Farmer allowed 10 hits but walked just one, becoming the first pitcher to throw a complete game this season against U.Va. Zane Evans' RBI single in the sixth broke a 1-1 tie.
The Cavaliers fell to 30-5, 12-4 ACC. The Yellow Jackets climbed to 25-9, 10-6. ...
No. 1 North Carolina (32-2, 13-2 ACC) hammered Virginia Tech 21-8, thanks to a six-run first and eight-run fourth.
Poquoson’s Chad Pinder was 2-for-5 with a run for the Hokies (22-13, 7-9). Brian Holberton’s four hits and five runs led the Tar Heels. ...
William and Mary beat James Madison 5-3 at Plumeri Park, taking the lead for good on Ryan Lindemuth’s single in the sixth. It was the Dukes’ ninth straight loss. ...
Longwood freshman Kyri Washington, a former Grafton High standout, hit the winning RBI double in the eighth to lift the Lancers (17-18, 7-6 Big South) past No. 29 Campbell 3-2 in Buies Creek, N.C.
Scott Burkett, a Jamestown High product, was 2-for-4 with an RBI for Longwood.
CNU took a three-stroke lead over Averett and Methodist after 18 holes of the 54-hole, eight-team USA South tournament in Rocky Mount, N.C.
The Captains' top four combined for a 309 total. CNU senior Brian Jaeger took the individual lead by one stroke with a 1-over-par 73 at Benvenue Country Club, and teammate Scott Davidson was tied for third at 77.
Elena Obregon had five goals and four assists as top-seeded CNU cruised past No. 4 Piedmont 19-3 in Rocky Mount, N.C., to reach the USA South championship match.
The Captains (15-1), ranked 15th nationally, will play at 1 p.m. Saturday against the winner between No. 2 seed Ferrum and No. 3 Greensboro for an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III tournament.
Piedmont, a first-year varsity team, finished 12-4.
Conference Player of the Year Ashton Marshall added three goals and two assists, Rachel Wall had three goals and Lauren King added two goals and two assists for the Captains, who haven't lost since dropping their season opener. ...
Rhiannon Coogle scored five goals as Towson (6-7, 4-0 CAA) breezed to a 15-5 win over William and Mary at Johnny Unitas Stadium, though Kyrstin Mackrides had a goal and an assist for the Tribe. ...
Host Delaware edged Old Dominion 8-7 despite Christine Rea's three goals for the Monarchs (3-11, 1-3 CAA).
Caitlin McCartney netted her third goal of the game with 4:16 left, giving the Blue Hens (8-5, 2-2) the lead for good.
No. 1 Virginia achieved its 100th consecutive ACC victory, beating visiting Clemson 7-0.
Freshman Mac Styslinger provided the clinching point, winning 7-6, 6-4 to give the Cavaliers an insurmountable 4-0 lead. ...
Second-seeded CNU beat seventh-seeded LaGrange 5-0 in a USA South quarterfinal in Rocky Mount, N.C., behind a sweep of three doubles pro-sets and singles victories by No. 1 Chiraag Shetty and No. 2 Kyle Tobin, the Captains' two All-USA South first-team picks.
The Captains will play at 10 a.m. Saturday in a semifinal versus third-seeded Methodist, which they beat 5-4 Sunday, for a spot in the championship match. That likely will be against four-time defending champion N.C. Wesleyan, the tournament host, which is ranked 24th nationally.
CNU blanked host N.C. Wesleyan 9-0 to reach the USA South semifinals behind singles and doubles victories from, among others, its top three of Kim Morrissett, Marion Gloor and Jodi Noland.
After the team match was clinched, CNU No. 6 Angela Stallman boosted her singles winning streak to 18 matches with a 9-8 (7-1) triumph.
The Captains will face third-seeded Meredith in a semifinal at 1 p.m. Saturday in Rocky Mount. CNU beat Meredith 6-3 in Raleigh, N.C., earlier this season, ending a seven-match losing streak in their rivalry.
Virginia (5-7, 0-3 ACC) fell 19-16 to No. 7 Duke (10-4, 2-1) before 3,072 in Durham, N.C., despite Mark Cockerton's six goals and Matt White's four.
U.Va. has lost six games in a row, marking the first time the Cavaliers have lost six in a row in the same season since 1939. Virginia likely must win the ACC tournament in late April to get its usual NCAA tournament berth.
Almost all of the double-elimination USA South tournament was delayed a day because of rain in Rocky Mount.
Two first-round games began but did not finish. They will resume at 9 a.m. Saturday.
CNU, the No. 3 seed, will open play against No. 6 N.C. Wesleyan at 10 a.m. Saturday and could play three games that day.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun