On Campus: BC baseball into NCAAs
Boston College reached the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship for the first time in 42 years, getting an at-large bid into the 64-team field on Monday.
The Eagles (33-24) helped their bid with a 2-1 record in the ACC Tournament May 20-22 in Durham, N.C. BC lost to No. 7 Florida St. 7-2 before defeating No. 13 Georgia Tech 7-3 and No. 16 Miami 10-1. BC didn’t advance from their group to the final game of the tournament.
Sophomore Matt Hamlet (Nansemond-Suffolk) played second base and hit second in the BC order in all three games of the tournament. Hamlet was 3 for 13 with three runs and no errors at second in the three games.
Boston College heads to Austin, Tex. where the Eagles will be the No. 3 seed in the four-team, double-elimination round there. Texas, Texas St. and Army are the other three schools in the Austin regional. BC faces Texas St. on Friday. The winners in the regional rounds go on to the NCAA super regionals, with eight teams advancing from there to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
NSA alum earns postseason lax honors
Hampden-Sydney junior Kyle Jett (Nansemond-Suffolk) was named an honorable mention All-American midfielder by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association last week. Jett also is a first team All-ODAC (Old Dominion Athletic Conference) selection for his season with the Tigers.
Jett totaled 34 goals and 20 assists for 54 points, which gives him the second-best single-season point total for a midfielder in HSC lacrosse history.
Radford, VMI baseball seasons end
Radford and Virginia Military both bowed out of the Big South Tournament with 1-2 records last week in Asheville, N.C.
The Highlanders, seeded No. 4, defeated No. 1 Coastal Carolina, 11-7, for their victory, but dropped games to No. 3 Liberty and No. 2 Winthrop.
VMI, seeded eighth, defeated No. 5 Gardner-Webb before being eliminated by Coastal Carolina and Winthrop.
VMI (18-35) sophomore designated hitter Justin Topping (Nansemond River) hit .248 with 19 RBI this season.
Radford junior outfielder Tyren Rivers (Nansemond River) finishes the season with a .256 batting average, 36 runs in 49 games, 12 doubles, 29 RBI and 19 stolen bases. Radford (26-24) totaled the most wins in a season since 2000.