Old Dominion scored four ninth-inning runs, the last two on Josh Eldridge’s bases-loaded hit, to beat William and Mary 6-5 in a series opener in Norfolk.
With some dogs around Bud Metheny Complex, the Monarchs prevailed on "Bark in the Park Night." Connor Myers had two RBI for ODU, while Willie Shaw had three hits for the Tribe.
ODU third baseman Jordan Negrini started the ninth-inning rally with a single, followed by another hit by catcher Michael Perez. Tyler Urps' bloop hit loaded the bases, and Myers doubled to bring home Negrini and Perez.
Ben Verlander was intentionally walked to load the bases, and Eldridge lined a one-hopper to the left-field fence.
For the first time, W&M advanced three men to the NCAA second round: Daniel Potemski (all-around), Landon Funicello (rings) and Neal Courter (vault).
While the all-around title will be determined Saturday in Penn State's arena, the top 10 individuals in each event tomorrow will qualify for Sunday’s finals.
Potemski was the top scorer from a non-qualifying team during the opening session and placed second overall in the group with an 83.7.
Funiciello earned a 15.3 on rings, the top score from a non-qualifying team He also competed on parallel bars (12th; 14.4), vault (T22nd; 14.45) and floor (T25th; 14.35).
Courter earned a career-high 15.3 on vault, which tied for first among all competitors in Friday’s opening session. Additionally, he tied for 19th on floor (14.5) and placed 30th on high bar (12.9).
Junior Sam Patterson, sophomore Michael Deitz and sophomore Jason Wang also competed as individuals. Wang tied for 25th on pommel horse (12.85), while Dietz finished 28th on high bar (13.15) and Patterson placed 32nd on parallel bars (13.2).
William and Mary stood fifth after the first round of the 54-hole Colonial Athletic Association tournament in Southpoint, N.C.
The Tribe's top four shot 330, led by Kelly Okun. She was tied for eighth with an 8-over-par 80.
Xavier led at 313, followed by Delaware (316), Richmond (317), James Madison (321) and W&M in the field of nine teams.
Richmond's Tracy Martin held the individual lead at 74.
Virginia State won the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournament, with Chowan second and Virginia Union third.
The Norfolk State defense controlled the Spartans' final spring scrimmage, forcing two turnovers and allowing just one score as NSU concluded its spring practice.
Cornerback Darrin Marrow picked off one Nico Flores pass, and safety Brad Bradley snared another off a deflection.
Walk-on transfer quarterback Omari Timmons led the offense on a late 13-play, 65-yard march that culminated in his 8-yard TD pass to wideout DeAndre Sangster.
Norfolk State breezed past Hampton 4-0 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference quarterfinals in Raleigh, N.C.
The triumph advanced the Spartans into a noon semifinal Saturday against Florida A&M. ...
Old Dominion's first foray into any men's Conference USA tournament ended as the fifth-seeded Monarchs fell 4-0 to No. 4 Southern Methodist in a quarterfinal in Memphis, Tenn.
In doubles, the Mustangs won a point by taking two of the three matches, though Old Dominion's Carlos Lopez Villa and Can Cetinel upset SMU's No. 83 nationally ranked tandem of Arturs Kazijevs and Mischa Nowicki 8-6....
Third-seeded James Madison shut out No. 6 Hofstra 4-0 on William and Mary's courts to reach the Colonial Athletic Association semifinals.
The Dukes earned the right to face the second-seeded Tribe, which beat them 4-3 indoors during their regular-season meeting. The other semifinal will pit No. 1 seed UNC Wilmington against Drexel, which edged Delaware 4-3.
No. 2 seed UNC Wilmington, No. 3 JMU and No. 4 Delaware advanced to Saturday's CAA tournament semifinals at William and Mary via shutout triumphs.
UNCW beat Hofstra 5-0, JMU ousted Towson 4-0 and Delaware beat Drexel 4-0.
W&M, the top seed, received a bye because it won the regular-season title. The Tribe will face Delaware at 10 a.m. Saturday, when JMU and UNCW also will play. ...
South Carolina State bounced Hampton 4-0 in a MEAC quarterfinal in Raleigh.
Amy Roguski netted six goals as James Madison beat William and Mary 18-7, spoiling the Tribe's Senior Day.
Freshman Zoe Boger led the Tribe (4-11, 1-5 CAA) with two goals and an assist, while junior Taelor Salmon scored a pair of goals. ...
Old Dominion (4-12, 2-4 CAA) ended its eight-game losing streak by handling George Mason 16-9, scoring a season-high goal total. ODU's Jordynn Collins and Emily Austerberry each scored three time.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times