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
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
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. ...
Ryan Williams had two RBI and Jackson Shaver added two hits for W&M (32-19, 15-9). ...
Brandon Downes, Reed Gragnani, Joe McCarthy and Kenny Towns each had three hits for the Cavaliers.
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
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.