On Campus: CNU falls in NCAAs, JMU upsets way into NCAAs

Published 5:07 pm Monday, May 18, 2009

Christopher Newport’s softball squad won one game, then lost its next two contests, to bow out of the NCAA Regional Tournament in Salisbury, Md. May 7-9.

Senior Lindsay Kelly (Lakeland) pitched a complete game on Thursday as CNU opened the tournament with a 3-2 win over Bridgewater. Kelly allowed seven hits while striking out three in her ninth complete game of the season.

On Friday, CNU lost 1-0 to Lynchburg, and on Saturday, Salisbury eliminated the Captains 3-2. CNU finishes the season 36-9. Kelly finishes her season with a 13-4 record and a 2.75 ERA.

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James Madison’s softball team, the No. 6 seed heading into the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament, won three straight games to win the tournament and clinch a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

May 6-8 in Hempstead, N.Y., JMU defeated No. 1 Hofstra 2-0, then won back-to-back games vs. No. 3 Towson, 1-0 and 11-1. Gillian Giarrizzo (King’s Fork) is a freshman reserve for the Dukes and played in 13 games this season.

JMU (35-16) traveled to Knoxville, Tenn. for its NCAA Regional Tournament this past weekend. The Dukes lost 4-3 to No. 16 Tennessee and 6-0 to Jacksonville State.

NSU baseball heads into MEAC Tourney

Norfolk State won two of three baseball contests over Hofstra May 9-10 in Norfolk. In a doubleheader sweep on Saturday, freshman third baseman Jermaine Berry (Nansemond River) added a run and two RBI in game one, a 10-6 NSU win.

NSU (22-23, 9-9 MEAC) was the No. 6 seed heading into the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla. on Thursday and the Spartans went 2-2 in the tournament.

NSU lost 12-3 to top-seeded Bethune-Cookman, defeated Delaware State 5-3, defeated Maryland-Eastern Shore 4-0 and lost 15-2 to Florida A&M.

For the year, Berry played in 29 games and had a .293 batting average with two homers and 21 RBI.

Hampton finishes season strong

Hampton’s softball team won three games in the MEAC Tournament before falling in the championship game Friday in Ormond Beach, Fla. to Florida A&M.

The Pirates (26-23) lost their opening game before winning 5-0 vs. Norfolk St., 7-1 vs. Delaware St. and 4-1 vs. North Carolina A&T. Florida A&M beat Hampton 8-0 in the final.

Freshman Kelsei Saunders started all five tournament games at third base for Hampton. Saunders was 5 for 14 (.357) at the plate with three runs in the tourney. For the season, Saunders led Hampton in a host of offensive stats, including batting average (.345) and home runs (11); she also tallied 31 RBI and six doubles.