Cincinnati-Clermont rallied past Apprentice School 4-2 Thursday afternoon in Jacksonville, Ill., ending the Builders' stay at the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association Small College World Series.
Apprentice (28-14) finished 2-2 at the tournament, highlighted by Lee Rossi's inclusion on the all-tournament team. Lindenwood of Belleville, Ill., promptly routed Cincinnati-Clermont 15-2 to capture the crown.
The Builders broke through for two runs in the top of the fourth. Christian Burton singled and Javier Remigio doubled to score pinch-runner Thomas Richardson. After a foul out, Darius Harris drew a walk and Brock Harris reached on an error to score pinch-runner Thomas Dudley.
UCC answered with a pair in the bottom of the fourth on a sacrifice fly from Dayton Rausch and a pinch-hit RBI single from Tyler Simmons to tie the game at 2.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Cougars exacted revenge for losing to Apprentice in the winners' bracket. They got two more runs when Trevor Cunningham drew a walk and Mike Gastrich was hit by a pitch, both times with the bases loaded. ...
Bethune-Cookman beat Norfolk State 10-2 at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament, sending the host Spartans into the losers' bracket on the second day.
Shaun McCarty, Eros Modena and Matt Noble combined for six hits and seven RBI for the Wildcats.
NSU starter Stephen Butt took the loss, yielding nine hits and seven runs in five innings. Ross Cardwell had an RBI for the Spartans.
The Spartans will return to action at 10 a.m. Friday in an elimination game against N.C. Central, the team they defeated Wednesday. N.C. Central ousted Maryland Eastern Shore 10-5 as Eagles leadoff batter Zack Lee was 2-for-3 with three runs and three RBI.
Savannah State, usually not a factor in this event, improved to 2-0 at this version with a 14-6 victory against Florida A&M. Savannah State will play Bethune-Cookman on Friday, and the winner will have two chances to win the championship.
Mendez Elder and Parker Nix each had four hits for Savannah State's Tigers. Elder drove in three runs and scored twice.
The second team eliminated was Delaware State, which fell 6-1 to Coppin State. Coppin will try to stay alive Friday against Florida A&M. ...
William and Mary's series opener at the College of Charleston was rained out in South Carolina. The Tribe needs one victory in the three-game set to capture its first Colonial Athletic Association regular-season championship. ...
Fordham swept VCU 6-3 and 12-6 in an Atlantic 10 doubleheader in New York, dropping the Rams to 33-17, 14-9.
Logan Farrar recorded hits in his first five at-bats of the day for the Rams, but the defeats potentially hurt their chances of an NCAA at-large berth. ...
No. 2 Virginia's game at Wake Forest was postponed and rescheduled as part of a 2 p.m. Friday doubleheader. ... Also postponed to Friday was Virginia Tech's home game versus N.C. State.
Virginia, already with its highest NCAA seed ever (No. 3), got over the hump and gained its first quarterfinal berth by outplaying No. 14 Baylor 4-1 in Athens, Ga.
Virginia, which had lost in the round of 16 the previous seasons, was determined not to let that happen this time. The Cavaliers claimed the doubles point and received singles wins from Julia Elbaba, Stephanie Nauta and Danielle Collins.
The Cavaliers will have quite a test in Saturday's quarterfinals. They will face Stanford, which has won 17 team crowns in the 32 years that the NCAA has conducted a women's tennis championship.
The Cardinal, seeded just 11th, edged arch-rival California, the No. 6 seed, 4-3 by winning a third-set tiebreak 7-0 in the decisive match.
VCU was tied for 12th after one day of the three-day NCAA San Antonio Regional.
The Rams, at 12-over-par, trailed fifth-place UCLA and Texas Christianby 10 strokes for one of the coveted NCAA Championship spots. Sixth-ranked Georgia (-7) led the field, followed by the College of Charleston (-3), Central Florida (even) and Southern Methodist (even).
A quartet of players led the Rams Thursday. Adam Ball, Matt Ball Jr., Enej Sarkanj and Steffen Harm all shot 75 and were tied for 44thplace.
Devin Mesoraco, a catcher on a major-league rehabilitation assignment from the Cincinnati Reds, belted a solo home run in the sixth inning to lead the Louisville Bats to a 4-0 afternoon victory over the Norfolk Tides before 5,137 at Harbor Park.
Four pitchers combined for a six-hit shutout. The second of them, Chad Rogers, pitched three innings for the victory. Former Tide Adam Russell worked the last two innintgs for a save.
Tides starter Nick Additon held the Bats scoreless in his 4 2/3-inning stint, but Josh Stinson took the loss by giving up three earned runs and four hits in three innings.
Jemile Weeks and Cord Phelps each had two hits for Norfolk.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun