Kenny Towns belted two grand slams as Virginia, ranked No. 30 by d1baseball.com in a rebuilding year, beat East Carolina 14-4 in Greenville, N.C., on a day of openers for Division I teams across the nation. ...
Chad Pinder of Poquoson drove in Virginia Tech's first five runs, and the Hokies held off Kent State 10-9 in UNC Wilmington's tournament.
Pinder belted a two-RBI double in the first inning and a three-run homer in the second.
Kent State pulled even at 7 in the eighth, but Pinder walked and scored one of Tech's three runs in the ninth. That enabled the Hokies to survive the Golden Flashes' two-run homer in the ninth. ...
No. 28 Clemson beat visiting William and Mary 2-0 before 5,947 fans, though the Tribe's Mike Katz batted 3-for-4 and Ryan Lindemuth was 2-for-3.
Brett Koehler took a hard-luck loss, yielding both runs and six hits in eight innings. Steve Wilkerson bunted for a hit with two out in the Tigers' eighth, and Shane Kennedy followed with a home run. ...
Tyon Ore knocked in Cameron Day with the winning run on a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning of the nightcap, giving Norfolk State a 7-6 home win and a doubleheader split with Navy, which won the opener 4-3.
In Game 2, Ore went 3-for-3 with four RBIs, and Day was 3-for-3 with four runs. NSU's Chris Horne, a former Windsor High pitcher, worked six innings and yielded just one earned run. ...
Marshall earned a 3-0 shutout at Old Dominion, scoring three unearned runs in the seventh inning.
Three Herd pitchers combined to hold the Monarchs to three hits — two by former Peninsula Pilot Josh Eldridge and one by Gloucester High graduate Joey Burney. ODU starter Dean Ali struck out six in four shutout innings. ...
James Bunn's RBI double broke a tie in the fifth inning to help VCU beat Boston College 4-1 in the Elon Invitational. Heath Dwyer pitched six innings for the victory.
Apprentice School (12-8) began a northern trip with a 27-13 win at Penn State DuBois.
Ty Ford (125 pounds), Dwayne Roes (133), Kyle Spruill (149), Kevin Gray (235) and Ian Jones (285) won on the mat, and Nick Devanny (141) won by forfeit.
Indoor track and field:
Virginia Tech senior Will Mulherin, a Tabb High graduate, placed second in the mile at the VT Challenge in Blacksburg.
Jeff See, a former six-time All-American at Ohio State, set a Rector Field House record of 3 minutes, 58.36. Mulherin closed the gap on the final lap to finish in 4:00.21, the best ever by a Hokie at Rector.
Top-ranked Virginia beat tournament host Washington 4-0 in the first round of the 16-team Intercollegiate Tennis Association national indoor championships.
The Cavaliers advanced to the quarterfinals for the seventh consecutive year. Alex Domijan -- who holds the nation's No. 1 ranking but plays on line 2 for the Cavaliers -- won his singles match, as did Mac Styslinger at line 4 and Ryan Shane at line 5.
U.Va. next will play No. 9 seed Duke, which ousted No. 8 Oklahoma -- a team coached by John Roddick, Andy's brother -- 4-0. ...
N.C. State won a close doubles point and swept six singles matches in straight sets to shut out host William and Mary 7-0.