For the first time in school history, the Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets softball team will head to the College World Series.
Randolph-Macon entered the day needing to defeat Christopher Newport twice to claim the Newport News Super Regional, and was able to do so.
The first game ended 4-3 in an extra inning, as Shelby Hill (St. Margaret’s) hit an RBI single to score Candace Whittemore.
In the decisive final game, Randolph-Macon took a 4-0 lead, but had to hold on for the victory, as the Captains scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Savannah Wood led R-MC with two hits and two RBIs, becoming the program’s all-time hits leader in a single season with 58. Candace Whittemore earned the win in the circle striking out seven.
R-MC (30-15) will appear in the World Series for the first time in the program’s history, and now travels to Tyler, Texas to begin play on Thursday.
Virginia Tech splits two: The Hokies fell to No. 14 seed Kentucky 8-1 in the Lexington regional in the morning, but kept their tournament alive with a 5-1 afternoon victory over Illinois.
“Going into that [Illinois game], you’ve just got to flush what happened,” said Tech shortstop Caitlyn Nolan, who homered in Saturday night’s game. “You can’t think about that [loss] because it does you no good.”
Virginia Tech will face Kentucky on Sunday at noon. The Hokies need two victories to win the regional, while the Wildcats only need one.
“Well, we made it to Sunday,” Tech coach Pete D’Amour said. “The thing I told the team was, ‘Nobody wants to go out of regionals on a Saturday.’
“If we clean up some mistakes against Kentucky tomorrow, we’ve got a chance.”
Saturday, Kentucky’s three-run fourth and four-run fifth did VT (46-10) in. Darby Trull and Al Velazquez each had a pair of hits for the Hokies, and Emma Strouth drove in their lone run.
Grace Baalman went the distance for Kentucky and earned the win, and Carrie Eberle took the loss for VT.
JMU falls in extras, then wins in elimination bracket: The Ann Arbor Regional host and 15-overall seed Michigan Wolverines broke the Dukes’ hearts with a 12th inning walk-off single from Madison Uden, winning 1-0 to knock JMU out of the winners’ bracket.
Megan Good put forth a heroic effort in the circle for JMU (48-8), throwing 182 pitches over 11 and two-thirds innings, but was tagged with the loss.
Meghan Beaubien matched Good pitch-for-pitch, tossing 166 over 12 innings to earn the win.
The Dukes played their second contest Saturday matched up with the Blue Demons of DePaul, and won 3-0.
JMU will have to beat Michigan twice Sunday to keep its season alive.
North Carolina 3, Longwood 1: The Tar Heels eliminated the Lancers from the Knoxville Regional behind seven strong innings from pitcher Hannah George.
Sydney Gay went the distance for Longwood, striking out four and allowing three runs, only one of which was earned, but took the loss.
Virginia Tech 8, Virginia 4: A five-run seventh inning spared the Hokies a series sweep.
Nick Owens’ bases loaded, two-RBI single highlighted the late rally. Fellow senior Jack Owens finished with three hits, two runs scored and a pair of RBIs for Tech (26-27, 9-21 ACC).
Luke Scherzer tossed three scoreless innings and picked up the win in his final game as a Hokie.
Brendan Rivoli led UVA (32-22, 14-16 ACC) with three hits, a run and an RBI on the afternoon. Mike Vasil gave up three runs over an inning and two-thirds and took the loss.
The ‘Hoos now turn their attention to postseason play, while the Hokies’ season is done. The ACC tournament schedule will be released Sunday morning.
Virginia 001 010 020 — 4 12 2
Virginia Tech 210 000 50X — 8 12 3
W: Scherzer (4-4). L: Vasil (2-6). Records: Virginia Tech 26-27, 9-21 ACC; Virginia 32-22, 14-16.
VCU 15, George Mason 2: The A-10 regular season champion Rams used 14 hits and five home runs to rout the Patriots and cap off their regular season in style in Fairfax.
Tomas Sanchez, Matt Stallings and Paul Witt all homered for VCU (39-17, 19-5 A-10) and Jack Schroeder went yard twice. Sanchez finished with six RBIs and Schroeder drove in five runs of his own.
VCU 020 411 520 — 15 14 0
George Mason 000 110 000 — 2 8 1
W: Sorokowski (4-1). L: Dicesare (4-7). HR: VCU: Schroeder (2), Sanchez, Stallings, Witt. Records: VCU 39-17, 19-5 Atlantic 10; GMU 19-35, 5-19.
Richmond 11, St. Louis 3: The Spiders made the most of their senior day with a blowout victory over the visiting Billikens at Pitt Field.
Richmond (27-23-1, 13-8 A-10) wracked up 15 hits. Every U of R senior that stepped to the plate had at least one hit. Anthony Forte, Kyle Schmidt and Johnny Hipsman drove in a pair of runs each.
Saint Louis 110 010 000 — 3 6 2
Richmond 002 141 12X — 11 15 0
W: Schipper (2-2). L: O’Brien (0-1). HR: UR: Forte, Hipsman; SLU: Calhoun. Records: Richmond 27-23-1, 13-8 Atlantic 10; Saint Louis 25-28, 13-11.
A-10 baseball tournament schedule announced: Top-seeded VCU and the University of Richmond, the No. 5 seed, could be in for a Thursday meeting in the A-10 baseball tournament, which starts Wednesday at Fordham and runs through Saturday.
The Rams (39-17, 19-5 A-10) earned the lone first-round bye in the seven-team field (double-elimination) and do not play until Thursday at 1:30 p.m. VCU will deal with Richmond (27-23-1, 13-8 A-10) in that Thursday game, if the Spiders get past No. 4 Fordham (34-22, 15-9 A-10) Wednesday at 5 p.m.
In a three-game series April 20-21 at UR’s Pitt Field, the Spiders beat the Rams twice.
The A-10 tournament winner automatically qualifies for the NCAA tournament. VCU won its last A-10 title in 2015. Richmond captured the 2003 championship.
George Mason (19-35, 5-19 A-10) failed to qualify for the tournament. All tournament games are available on ESPN+.
In the other first round games on Wednesday, No. 3 Dayton will face No. 6 Rhode Island at 10 a.m., while No. 2 Davidson will take on No. 7 Saint Louis at 1:30 p.m. (tournament glance, Page C7).