Friday's college multi-sport roundup: Solid Steel leads No. 4 CNU past Piedmont in baseball series opener

Billy Steel belted a two-run homer in the first inning as No. 4 Christopher Newport (17-5-1, 13-3 USA South) beat visiting Piedmont 8-4 in a series opener.

Steel later was hit by a pitch for another RBI.


Justin Weaver was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a run, and Lafayette High graduate Ryan Fleischmann extended his CNU saves record to 25, tying for 12th on the NCAA's all-time Division III chart.

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No. 12 Virginia scored three runs in the ninth to force extra innings, then beat Clemson 6-5 in the 11th.

Pinch-hitter Mike Papi hit a tying single in the ninth and the go-ahead home run in the 11th. The Cavaliers (16-1, 3-1 ACC) have won nine consecutive games against Clemson (10-6, 2-2) dating to 2010.

Left-hander Kyle Crockett (2-0) of Poquoson got the victory, striking out four in 2 2/3 innings of shutout relief. ...

Chad Morgan hit a pinch-hit RBI single in the top of the 11th to score Tyler Horan as Virginia Tech (14-5, 2-2 ACC) beat Duke 2-1 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Jake Joyce, who entered the game in the ninth, closed things out for the Hokies.

Poquoson's Chad Pinder, who has reached base in all 19 Tech games, was 1-for-5. ...


Delaware smashed William and Mary 20-3 in a series opener in Newark.

Cameron Travalini was 4-for-5 with four runs and two RBIs, and Jimmy Yezzo, Alex Mottle and Zach Lopes drove in three runs apiece.

Tribe leadoff man Ryan Lindemuth was 2-for-4 with a run, but the Blue Hens rocked Brett Koehler for 12 runs and Aaron Fernandez for eight. ...

Castleton State (Vt.) bounced back from a loss to Apprentice the previous day, winning 9-3 at War Memorial Stadium to end the Builders’ four-game victory streak.


Apprentice School was guaranteed four All-American performers in the National Collegiate Wrestling Association championships in Allen, Texas: Ty Ford (125 pounds), Kyle Spruill (149), Phillip Porto (165) and Ian Jones (285).

All will have the opportunity to finish as highly as third Saturday.

Late in the evening, Apprentice School stood ninth among 77 teams with 57 points. McKendree (Ill.) led with 115.5, California Baptist was second with 111.5 and Liberty was third with 100.


Norfolk State (6-14) lost 3-2 to Hartford and 15-6 to Delaware at the Delaware Spring Invitational in Newark.

Against Hartford, Whitney Williams hit a two-run double in the seventh, but the Spartans were unable to push across the tying run.

Against the Blue Hens, Alina Moriarty hit two home runs and drove in four runs.

Women's gymnastics

William and Mary posted its second-best score of the season en route to defeating Yale 193.300 - 189.525 at Kaplan Arena.

Highlighting a number of outstanding performances by the Tribe were those by freshman Brittany Stover and sophomore Maggie Lundeen. Freshman Brittany Stover won the all-around title with a school-record 39.150, while sophomore Maggie Lundeen claimed the floor title by tying the school record of 9.925.

W&M registered season highs on bars (48.900) and floor exercise (49.125).

Men's tennis

Second-seeded Cornell beat William and Mary 4-0 in the first round of the Blue-Gray National Tennis Classic in Montgomery, Ala. ...

No. 1 Virginia (10-0) won its third match in five days on its spring-break trip, beating No. 14 Texas 5-2 in Austin.

No. 1 player Jarmere Jenkins (ranked fifth nationally), No. 2 Alex Domijan (first), No. 3 Mitchell Frank (81st) and No. 6 Justin Shane were U.Va.'s singles victors.