Peninsula-area baseball players made a huge impact Wednesday as Longwood (8-8) hammered Norfolk State 17-4 in Farmville, though Chase Kyriacou hit his first home run of the season for the Spartans (5-10).
Longwood's Kyri Washington, a freshman from Grafton High, batted 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs. Sophomore Brandon Delk from Warwick was 3-for-4 with four runs and three RBIs, Scott Burkett from Jamestown was 2-for-3 with four runs and an RBI, and freshman Blake Ream from Grafton was 2-for-5 with two RBIs and a run.
Seven pitchers combined for a shutout as No. 18 N.C. State beat Old Dominion 5-0 in Raleigh. The Wolfpack pounded reliever Erick Baker for three earned runs in the fourth to take a 5-0 edge. ...
VMI defeated William and Mary 6-2 at Plumeri Park as the Keydets’ Ray Lopez batted 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. John Garrett, a former Peninsula Pilot, shut out the Tribe in the last three innings.
Kevin Nutter had two hits, and he and Jackson Shaver scored for W&M. ...
Apprentice School (13-2) rallied from a five-run first-inning deficit to beat Southern Maine Community College 8-6 and sweep a two-game series at War Memorial Stadium.
Devorn Lake smashed a two-run double to highlight the Builders' five-run sixth inning, and Chris Aldridge had two hits and two RBIs. ...
Leadoff batter Bill Root drove in three runs as host Salisbury, ranked sixth in Division III, beat No. 4 Christopher Newport 5-1.
Winner Dan Fein pitched five shutout innings in his first college start. Justin Weaver’s single in the eighth provided CNU’s run.
Grafton High alumna Morgan Heath hit an RBI double in the fifth inning, helping James Madison beat Virginia 3-2 in Game 1 of a doubleheader in Charlottesville.
In Game 2, when Heath was 2-for-3 with two runs, she threw out a runner from left field to end a contest that the Dukes (16-6) won 10-2, extending their winning streak to seven. ...
Gipsy Ramirez had one of the best offensive days in school history as Norfolk State (6-12) swept N.C. A&T 16-2 and 16-8 in Greensboro.
In Game 1, she drove in four runs and scored four, and Alina Moriarty drove in three. In Game 2, Ramirez was 4-for-5 with five RBIs and two runs. Moriarty added three hits and three RBIs. ...
Towson swept Hampton 6-4 and 5-4.
Callie Barber belted a walk-off two-run homer in the eighth to end Game 1, in which HU freshman Taylor McCoy batted 4-for-4.
In Game 2, Towson scored in the bottom of the sixth to take a 5-4 lead. HU's Margaret Wilkins and Bobbi Langlois, who pitched three innings, each batted 3-for-4.
Rob Deutsch received an at-large bid to the NCAA championships at 125 pounds, giving Old Dominion four entries in the tournament.
The other three got there via CAA automatic bids: Chris Mecate (the 12th seed at 141, where he won the conference tournament), Alexander Richardson (runner-up at 149) and Billy Curling (champ at 174).
Virginia Tech got all 10 of its starters in the tournament.
Casey Bocklet had five goals and an assist as No. 9 Virginia (3-4) defeated W&M 18-5 in Charlottesville despite Taelor Salmon’s three goals for the Tribe (2-5).
Ranked No. 1 nationally, Virginia won 6-1 at Texas A&M despite a loss at second singles by Alex Domijan, the ITA's top-ranked player.