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Thursday's multi-sport college and local roundup: Frequent starting QB Birdsong transferring from JMU

Colleges:Football:

Quarterback Michael Birdsong is planning to transfer from James Madison after two years there, much of which he spent as a starter.

JMU’s new coach, Everett Withers, is blocking some of the schools he is considering, including Old Dominion, the Daily News-Record of Harrisonburg reported. Birdsong is appealing to a panel of non-athletics university personnel.

Birdsong told the News-Record that Marshall is the favorite to land him; Withers and Birdsong also agreed that the quarterback could transfer to Virginia, VMI, East Carolina or Coastal Carolina, but would not go to one of JMU's rivals in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Had he stayed in Harrisonburg, Birdsong was in danger of being supplanted as the Dukes' 2014 starter by Vad Lee, who started last season for Georgia Tech.

Baseball:

Brock Hartson pitched eight shutout innings as Texas-San Antonio won a series opener 5-0 at Old Dominion, though Taylor Ostrich and P.J. Higgins had two hits apiece for the Monarchs.

Mike Warren was 2-for-3 with two runs for the Roadrunners.

Softball:

Krista Lewis pitched a two-hitter as top-seeded Christopher Newport (33-6), which won the tournament’s host role in a coin flip with Salisbury — the nation’s second-ranked Division III team — blanked York (Pa.) 8-0 on the first day of the Capital Athletic Conference playoffs.

Meagan Jones batted 4-for-4 with a home run, a double, three runs and three RBI, and Kristina McLaughlin and Kelsey Lewis each drove in two runs for the Captains, who are ranked 13th nationally. They shared the regular-season crown with Salisbury.

Women’s tennis:

No. 7 seed Old Dominion, the tournament host, rallied past No. 15 Tulane 4-3 to reach the Conference USA quarterfinals against No. 2 Rice.

With singles being played first, the Monarchs trailed 3-0 but came back to tie the match, forcing doubles to be contested. Wins on line 3 by Nika Khomolovska and Ivana Vukovic and then on line 2 by Marijana Novikovic and Virginia Beach's Faith Atiso gave hte Monarchs one of their most thrilling wins in years.

In singles, Vukovic fought off multiple match points to edge Jacqui Katz 0-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) on line 3 to cut the Green Wave's lead to 3-1. That swung the momentum. ...

Bethune-Cookman ousted Hampton 4-0 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament’s first round in Cayce, S.C. ...

William and Mary senior Maria Belaya and sophomore Leeza Nemchinov earned All-Colonial Athletic Association first-team honors in singles and doubles, while freshman Nabila Farah was a second-team singles choice and senior Sydney Smith gained All-Academic honors.

The awards were revealed on the eve of the CAA tournament, which starts Friday at W&M. The Tribe is seeded third, behind UNC Wilmington and the College of Charleston, and faces No. 6 Drexel at 6 p.m.

Men’s tennis:

Norfolk State shut out Coppin State 4-0 in the MEAC first round in Cayce, S.C., but Florida A&M eliminated Hampton 4-0. ...

W&M seniors Ben Guthrie and Ben Hoogland were chosen to the All-CAA first team in singles, while junior Will Juggins made the second team in singles and in doubles with classmate Aaron Chaffee.

Senior John Banks, a Phi Beta Kappa member, made the All-Academic squad.

Like the Tribe women, the W&M men are seeded third and start tournament play Friday. They meet No. 6 Hofstra at 9 a.m.

Women's golf:

Virginia and Duke were tied at 7-over-par 291 after one round of the ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C.

Sophomore Lauren Coughlin and junior Briana Mao shot even-par 71s to lead the Cavaliers, who hold a share of the lead for the first time since 2008.

Minor-league baseball:

International League:

Host Durham held off Norfolk 3-2, holding the Tides (4-10) to two hits. Both were in the second inning, when David Adams doubled and Alexi Casilla hit a tying two-run single.

The Bulls (11-4) plated the eventual winning run in the sixth when Tides second baseman Jemile Weeks misplayed Mike Fontenot’s two-out grounder, allowing Jerry Sands to score from second base.Eastern League:

Richmond (9-5) won 2-1 at Altoona (4-8) in a series opener behind Clayton Blackburn’s 6 1/3 innings of four-hit shutout pitching.

Former U.Va. player Jarrett Parker and Angel Villalona each drove in runs for the Flying Squirrels off loser Nick Kingham. Derek Law got his third save of the year despite yielding a leadoff home run in the ninth to Stetson Allie of the Curve, the Pittsburgh Pirates' Double-A affiliate.

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