Wednesday's college roundup: Apprentice sets record with 31st baseball victory of season

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Apprentice School set a single-season baseball record with its 31st victory, defeating Rappahannock Community College 8-4 Wednesday at War Memorial Stadium in Hampton.

The Builders trailed 4-0 before a five-run sixth inning in which their first seven batters got hits. RBI doubles by Devorn Lake and Cody Seals and a two-run double by Ryan Hendrickson boosted the Builders (31-8). ...

Alex Close drove in six runs in the first two innings as Liberty outslugged host Old Dominion 17-10, though Ben Verlander and P.J. Higgins had four hits apiece for the Monarchs (21-20).

Thanks in part to Close’s grand slam, the Flames (23-20) led 12-0 after two innings. ...

VMI (19-26) ended a seven-game slide by beating Norfolk State 9-4, capitalizing on three passed balls and season-high six errors by the Spartans (15-22).

Brandon Angus batted 3-for-6 for VMI. For NSU, Robert Reaume was 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Cameron Day went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. ...

No. 5 Virginia (37-6) beat James Madison 16-8 in Charlottesville as Poquoson’s Kyle Crockett got his 10th save. He pitched two innings, striking out three, yielding one hit and plunking a batter.

Practically the Cavaliers' entire lineup contributed offensively. Brandon Downes was 3-for-4 with four runs and three RBI, Reed Gragnani was 2-for-3 with four RBI and a run, Mike Papi was 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBI, and Nick Howard was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI.

JMU's biggest highlight was Conner Brown's third-inning grand slam, which gave the Dukes (18-22) a brief 6-5 lead.

Women’s basketball:

Hampton’s Keiara Avant made the Virginia Sports Information Directors all-state first team, while ODU’s Shae Kelley and William and Mary’s Emily Correal made the second team.

Liberty’s Devon Brown was named Player of the Year.

Softball:

Norfolk State rallied to sweep George Mason (15-34) in Fairfax, taking Game 1 2-0 and Game 2 4-3 to increase the Spartans' winning streak to 10.

Jamie Schulle pitched a shutout in the first game. In Game 2, NSU (25-18) scored twice each in the fourth and fifth.

NSU's Morgan Boyd and Haley Ward each had two hits in the first game, and Ward went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI in the second contest.

Women's golf:

Old Dominion tied Southern Mississippi for seventh in the Monarchs' first Conference USA tournament in Gulf Shores, Ala., shooting 926 for three rounds. Tulane won the tournament by 27 shots, firing 877 to runner-up East Carolina's 904.

ODU senior Samantha Morrell tied for 10th, finishing with a 76 for a 225 total. ECU's Nico Engstroem Skaug won the medal, beating two golfers in a playoff after they finished at 4-over-par 220.

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