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Friday's regional sports roundup: HU squeezes way into MEAC softball tournament; CNU teams seek to bounce back in CAC tourneys

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Softball:

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Hampton University clinched a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament berth with a 2-1, nine-inning win Friday at Delaware State.

Pinch runner Camille King scored on Morgan Crawford's squeeze bunt in the ninth, and Allyson Babinsack pitched a five-hitter in Dover. ...

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Salisbury (28-11) took a nine-run lead and won 9-6 at Christopher Newport (33-8) in the first game of the best-of-three CAC finals, a contest in which 27 runners were stranded — 14 by the Sea Gulls.

The Captains must beat Salisbury twice Saturday for the title, though they are in good position for an at-large NCAA Division III tournament bid if they don't.

Patty Maye Ohanian had a home run and three RBI for CNU, while Savannah Couch drove in two runs. …

James Madison, which climbed as high as No. 22 in this week's national polls, clinched the Colonial Athletic Association regular-season crown by sweeping Drexel 3-1, 11-0.

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Freshman Sara Jubas had an impressive performance for the Dukes (39-10, 18-2), batting 5 for 8 for the day and hitting a solo home run in each game to lift her season total to seven.

The Dragons fell to 21-28-2, 3-14.

Baseball:

Christopher Newport (32-8) beat Southern Virginia 17-5 but saw a big comeback fall short in a 10-9 loss to Penn State Harrisburg in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament.

The host Captains, ranked fifth nationally, will need to beat the Lions (30-10) twice Saturday to advance to the best-of-three finals.

CNU, which got two home runs apiece from Seth Woodard and Nicholas Baham on the day, trailed 10-3 before scoring four runs in the eighth and two in the ninth. …

Second-seeded Virginia Wesleyan swept a best-of-three Old Dominion Athletic Conference quarterfinal series, defeating No. 7 Guilford 9-1 and then 4-1 on the Marlins' field in Virginia Beach.

Also advancing to the semifinals with a sweep was Randolph-Macon, the nation's top Division III team. The Yellow Jackets routed eighth-seeded Bridgewater 17-7 and 17-3. …

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William and Mary (15-30) fell 5-0 in a series opener at No. 5-ranked North Carolina State (32-12), which slugged two home runs.

Junior Jason Waldman and freshman Matt McDermott led the Tribe by batting 2 for 4. Wolfpack starter Reid Johnston (7-0) picked up the win by pitching 5 2/3 innings, outdueling Bodie Sheehan (2-7), who pitched 5 1/3. ...

Old Dominion and Marshall split a series-opening doubleheader in Charleston, W.Va. The Monarchs (13-31, 6-17 Conference USA) lost 11-6 before winning 8-2 against the Thundering Herd (19-24, 7-16).

In Game 1, the teams combined for six home runs, including those by ODU's Matt Schwarz, Culver Lamb and Will Morgan.

In Game 2, Luke Krantz earned his first collegiate win, Connor Muly picked up his first college save and Devon Adams hit his first home run as a Monarch.

Track and field:

Both William and Mary teams held second place after the first day of the Colonial Athletic Association championships at Zable Stadium.

Three-time defending champion Northeastern topped the men's standings with 93 points, while W&M was second with 83 and UNC Wilmington had eight.

The Delaware women led with 43 points, followed by W&M with 36.

Tribe senior Leia Mistowski became the CAA's first four-time women's hammer champion. She set a meet record of 204 feet, 11 inches (62.46 meters).

Also for W&M's women, Samantha Morovsky won the javelin throw in 141-8. But the Tribe's string of six consecutive women's 10,000-meter titles ended as Elon's Coralea Geraniotis won in 36:25.05.

For the Tribe men, graduate student Tom Parker won the hammer crown in 212-9, the second-longest throw in meet history.

Derek Trott took his third javelin title at 202-4, and W&M freshman Michael Fairbanks won the pole vault by clearing 13 feet, 11.25 inches. Faris Sakallah took his second CAA 10,000-meter gold in 32:42.43. …

On the MEAC championships' second day in Greensboro, N.C., Hampton set two school records.

The HU men held second with 46 points, trailing Bethune-Cookman (78). The HU women had 47 points, while B-CU was second at 51.5.

Hampton's first record fell in the men's decathlon as Jerrick Powell won with 6.647 points to repeat his title.

Kiyanna Thomas broke her HU record in the shot put, taking third place at 46-4. …

On the first day of the Capital Athletic Conference championships at Salisbury, CNU's Joseph Lightbody won the men's 10,000 in 33:06.06, while Allan Pedin won the pole vault by clearing 4.36 meters (about 14 feet, 4 inches).

Women's lacrosse:

Kristen Gaudian had five goals as James Madison beat Delaware 17-5 in Harrisonburg to advance to the CAA tournament final.

The top-seeded Dukes (17-1), ranked fifth nationally, will play Sunday at home against second-seeded Towson. The Tigers ousted Elon 9-7.

Men's lacrosse:

CNU senior attackman Matthew Crist made the All-Capital Athletic Conference first team, while freshman attackman Dylan Rice, junior defender Drew Cornell, freshman defender Max Wayne, senior Tony Cruz and senior Jake O'Connell made the second team from the Captains.

Women's golf:

Virginia junior Anna Redding and freshman Beth Lillie were named to the 15-member 2018 All-Atlantic Coast Conference team.

Redding leads U.Va. in stroke average at 73.

MINOR-LEAGUE BASEBALL:

International League:

Norfolk beat Louisville in walk-off fashion for the second night in a row, winning 5-4 as the Tides' Drew Dosch scored on Ruben Tejada's sacrifice fly in the ninth inning before 7,188 at Harbor Park.

The walk-off win was the fourth of the season for the Tides (14-11), who matched a season-high by moving three games over the .500 mark.

The Bats, Cincinnati's top farm club, fell to 9-15.

DJ Stewart had a two-run double for the Tides, while Joey Rickard reached base in all four of his plate appearances. Rickard, who doubled, singled, walked twice and scored a run, has reached base safely in all 19 games in which he's had a plate appearance.

Josh Edgin (3-0) earned the win after allowing one run over two innings of relief. Norfolk's bullpen worked six innings in the contest, yielding five hits while striking out six.

Norfolk starter Chris Lee, who was making his first appearance after opening the season on the disabled list with an oblique injury, allowed three runs on four hits over three innings.

Brandon Dixon led the Bats with two doubles, a run and an RBI.

Eastern League:

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The Richmond Flying Squirrels (14-12) saw their skid reach four games with a 7-6 loss at Reading, which hit four homers and overcame a 5-3 deficit.

Ronnie Jebavy connected on his first Double-A home run for the Flying Squirrels, and teammate Ryan Howard contributed three hits.

Catcher Deivi Grulllon put the Fightin Phils (10-14) ahead for good with a solo blast off reliever Will LaMarche in the eighth.

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