Hampton University earned its first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament championship since 1996 and an automatic NCAA tournament berth, beating Norfolk State 7-3 in a winner-take-all final at Ormond Beach, Fla.
Norfolk State, which needed a rally just to avoid a two-and-out exit on the first day, came within one victory of a memorable title. After dropping their opener, the Spartans ran off a streak of victories.
HU (34-24) has won 15 of its last 18. Freshman Taylor McCoy was named the tournament's most outstanding performer, and Margaret Wilkins and pitcher Jailynn Jackson joined her as HU's representatives on the all-tournament team. Hampton's Trena Peel was named the outstanding coach.
Nina Ferguson's bases-loaded single put HU ahead 2-0 in the first inning, then McCoy scored when Kerissa Burruel hit into a fielder's choice.
Kathy Cortez scored on an error to make it 3-1 in the top of the fourth, but HU scored three runs in the fourth for a 6-1 margin. Shine Huwe belted a home run, Diamond Ponds scored on an error and McCoy hit an RBI single.
Huwe's run-scoring double to center in the fifth made it 7-1.
NSU (31-22) scored twice in the seventh and loaded the bases, bringing the potential tying run to the plate. But Bobbi Langlois induced Cortez to pop out, ending the game.
Earlier Saturday, NSU completed a rain-suspended 5-4 win over Savannah State, then hammered Hampton 10-3 behind Whitney Williams' two hits and three RBI to force a decisive championship game.
NCAA Division III:
Christopher Newport lost 7-3 in eight innings to Salisbury in a game that was suspended overnight because of Friday's rain, but bounced back to defeat Neumann 10-4 to stay alive in the double-elimination Salem regional.
The Captains (34-12) will play at noon Sunday against the Emory-Roanoke winner.
Against Neumann, Kelley Foate had four hits and four runs, while Meagan Jones had three hits, two RBI and three runs. Sabrina Hill hit her third home run in as many games at the regional and was 3-for-3 with two runs.
Host Norfolk State upended Old Dominion 4-2, splitting the city rivals' two-day, home-and-home series.
Pinch hitter Robert Barefoot's two-run single capped a three-run bottom of the seventh inning for the Spartans (18-27). Gloucester High graduate Josiah Burney's sacrifice fly brought in ODU's first run. ...
UNC Wilmington beat visiting William and Mary 11-4, winning two of three in the series and extending its CAA lead to 2 1/2 games over the Tribe. Michael Bass doubled twice, singled, scored two runs and drove in five for the Seahawks (36-16, 17-6).
Ryan Williams had two RBI and Jackson Shaver added two hits for W&M (32-19, 15-9). ...
No. 7 Virginia (41-8, 19-7) smashed Duke 17-8 in Charlottesville, rapping a season-high 22 hits -- the highest total by any ACC team in a conference game this year.
Brandon Downes, Reed Gragnani, Joe McCarthy and Kenny Towns each had three hits for the Cavaliers.
Second-seeded Virginia, seeking its elusive first NCAA team championship, shut out Minnesota 4-0 in Charlottesville to reach the national round of 16.
The Cavaliers will travel to Champaign, Ill., where they'll face the winner between California and Denver, neither of which is among the 16 seeded teams. ...
No. 8 Kentucky ended one of Virginia Tech's best seasons, beating the 41st-ranked Hokies 4-1 in the NCAA round of 32 in Lexington, Ky.
U.Va. eliminated Fairleigh Dickinson 4-0 in the subregional's second match.
Texas took the doubles point by taking the No. 2 spot 8-2 and rallying for an 8-6 win at No. 1, with Breaunna Addison and Noel Scott beating Maria Belaya and Leeza Nemchinov.
The Tribe won a pair of first sets in singles, thanks to Anik Cepeda at line 4 and Jeltje Loomans at line 3, but the Longhorns closed out three straight-sets wins to end the contest. ...
Freshman Shelby Harris of Newport News won 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) at No. 2 singles and 8-6 at No. 1 doubles with Lindsay Raulston, though No. 27 Division III program Mary Washington's season ended at 20-5 with a 5-4 loss at No. 8 Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh.
Lauren Feusahrens had five goals and Maggie Roundy added four as second-ranked Salisbury (20-0) playing at home, ousted No. 15 CNU 17-5 in the NCAA round of 16.
The Captains, who earned their first NCAA tournament victory ever, closed the season at 18-3. Ashton Marshall had two goals and two assists.