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Friday's regional sports roundup: Pilots prevail in home opener; Jake Cave belts home run to lift Rochester past Tides

LOCAL BASEBALL:

Coastal Plain League:

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The Peninsula Pilots (1-1) scored four runs in the first four innings and held on to earn a home-opening 4-3 victory Friday night over Fayetteville at War Memorial Stadium.

Four players drove in a run apiece for the Pilots.

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Virginia Tech pitcher Paul Hall Jr., a third-year Pilot, held the SwampDogs to a run in the first four innings.

With the Pilots ahead 2-1, a sacrifice fly by infielder Justin Cook of Richmond scored Tyler Galazin in the bottom of the fourth. A sacrifice fly by outfielder Cole Girouard scored another run for a 4-1 edge.

Saint Joseph’s pitcher Ryan Devine, a Jamestown High graduate, gained the win with a shutout inning. Ryan Erickson of Lamar pitched the ninth, striking out two for a save.

For the SwampDogs, Matt Kelly of Portland drove in two runs, while Brennan Fontenot of Spring Hill and Nate Monastra of Xavier had two hits apiece.

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International League:

Hampton native Jake Cave, who made his first major-league appearance in May, socked a tying home run as the Rochester Red Wings (28-23) overcame Norfolk 3-1 at Harbor Park, extending the Tides’ losing streak to five.

Cave’s blast tied the score at 1 leading off the sixth inning, and Chris Carter followed with another home run to give the Minnesota Twins’ top affiliate the edge for good. Adrian Marin singled three times and Yefry Ramirez turned in a strong start for Norfolk (28-24).

Eastern League:

Richmond (27-23) held off Reading 7-6 in Pennsylvania as the Fightin Phils (22-30) left the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th.

Patrick Ruotolo escaped the jam in the 10th to earn his second save with Richmond the Flying Squirrels. Luigi Rodriguez and K.C. Hobson both homered in a five-run second inning to lead the Squirrels.

Aramis Garcia scored the winning run for Richmond in the extra frame. He started the 10th inning as the gifted runner at second base under this year’s minor-league tiebreaking rules. Reading reliever Seth McGarry uncorked a pair of wild pitches, scoring Garcia for a 7-6 Richmond advantage.

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COLLEGES:

Men’s basketball:

Multiple sources confirmed that VCU junior guard Marcus Evans of Chesapeake injured his Achilles tendon, VCUramnation.com reported. Evans, a former Boo Williams AAU program star who sat out last season under NCAA transfer rules, was poised to be VCU’s starting point guard.

If the injury is as serious as his previous tear, VCU likely would look to either incoming freshman P.J. Byrd or to junior Malik Crowfield, who has been used at point guard at times in the last two seasons.

Evans spent two seasons at Rice under coach Mike Rhoades. Evans averaged 21.4 points per game as a freshman and 19 as a sophomore, making the All-Conference USA first team in both seasons. When Rhoades was hired by VCU, Evans followed him there.

Obituary:

Tom Throckmorton, a Richmond native who was a college football fixture for three decades as an assistant coach, died Wednesday at age 75 in Saluda, where he lived. Throckmorton had battled cancer, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. He played football for Randolph-Macon College, from which he graduated in 1965. He was the football coach at Richmond’s George Wythe High from 1967-69.

Throckmorton was a respected recruiter of Richmond-area football talent while an assistant coach at R-MC (1972), Richmond (1973-79, 1997), William and Mary (1998-99), Virginia Tech (1985-86), VMI (1980-82, 1994-95), Wake Forest (1987-89), Boston College (1996), East Carolina (1983-84) and North Carolina State (1971).

In 1995, Throckmorton was part of a VMI staff with Mike Tomlin and Dan Quinn, who have coached in the Super Bowl with Pittsburgh and Atlanta, respectively.

Baseball:

Two No. 4 regional seeds from lightly regarded leagues upset opponents from the mighty Atlantic Coast Conference, shaking up what had been a mostly ho-hum first day of the NCAA tournament.

Samford of the Southern Conference held on to beat No. 7 national seed Florida State 7-6 in the Seminoles' stadium in Tallahassee. Army of the Patriot League upset No. 16 national seed North Carolina State 5-1 on the Wolfpack's field in Raleigh.

Florida State, which made it to the College World Series last year, lost to a 4-seed for the second straight time. Last year, Tennessee Tech beat the Seminoles, who then won four straight to advance.

Samford led 6-1 before FSU pulled within a run in the bottom of the fifth, and the Seminoles had a runner on first in the bottom of the ninth when Cal Raleigh, their All-ACC catcher and conference tournament MVP, grounded out to end it.

Army led 5-0 when N.C. State loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh against a tiring Tyler Giovinco. The Wolfpack pushed across one run after Sam Messina relieved, and N.C. State had runners on first and second with one out in the bottom of the ninth against Cam Opp. Opp got a strikeout and groundout to finish the game.

Samford plays Oklahoma on Saturday, and Army faces Auburn and the possible No. 1 overall draft pick in pitcher Casey Mize.

Also in the NCAA:

Former Peninsula Pilots player Kieton Rivers of Suffolk homered, doubled and drove in five runs to lead Coastal Carolina to a 16-1 home win over LIU Brooklyn, which is in the tournament for the first time since 1972. …

Logan Wyatt hit a grand slam and a three-run homer as Louisville won its nation-best 16th straight regional game, 13-6 over Kent State. ...

Jordan Greene's 10th inning RBI single scored Drew Wharton with the winning run as top-seeded host Clemson escaped No. 4 seed Morehead State 4-3. …

North Carolina's Cooper Criswell and three relievers combined to strike out 10, walk none and limit North Carolina A&T to five hits in an 11-0 win in Chapel Hill.

Michael Bush hit his team-leading 13th homer, doubled and drove in five runs for North Carolina. …

Connor Litton homered and drove in four runs as host East Carolina beat UNC Wilmington 16-7.

Drew Henrickson added three RBI to help the top-seeded Pirates (44-16) earn a matchup with second-seeded South Carolina on Saturday. The fourth-seeded Seahawks (37-22), the Colonial Athletic Association tournament champions, take on No. 3 seed Ohio State in an elimination game.

Litton hit a two-run homer in the first, added a sacrifice fly in the fifth and added an RBI single in the seventh. East Carolina scored in every inning it batted except the sixth.

Kep Brown homered, and he and Ryan Jeffers each drove in three runs for UNCW. ...

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Auburn's Steven Williams went 4 for 4 with a homer, double and five RBI in a 13-4 win over CAA regular-season champion Northeastern, an at-large selection. ...

Andrew Crane and Corey Childress struck out 13, walked one and scattered seven hits as Troy beat Duke 6-0.

SOCCER:

Substitute Trevor Knight's goal in the 54th minute all but ensured Virginia Beach City FC to a 2-0 National Premier Soccer League victory over Charlottesville Alliance FC at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.

The hosts went ahead when their pressure led to an own goal by Charlottesville in the 45th. Tye Stallins, who relieved Denis Roule in the 37th minute, had his shot deflected by Charlottesville Alliance’s Fernando Casero into the goal. Stallins then assisted on Knight’s team-leading third goal.

VBCFC will play host to D.C. United’s Under-23 team at 7 p.m. Sunday.

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