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Keydets rolling before showdown vs. No. 1 Hoos

Virginia Military’s baseball team is up to No. 26 in the nation according to Collegiate Baseball after a three-game sweep at Gardner-Webb Friday-Sunday.

The Keydets (28-5, 10-2 Big South) will host the school’s first-ever home game between two nationally-ranked baseball teams Wednesday night against top-ranked Virginia (27-7).

This weekend, junior Justin Topping (Nansemond River) started two of the three games at catcher for VMI. Topping went 4-for-9 and hit his first two home runs of the season. For the season, Topping is hitting .290 with 12 runs, 12 RBI and six stolen bases.

Freshmen Ombri Rivers (Nansemond River) and Erickson Keeton (Nansemond River) are also on the Keydet team.

Hampton’s softball team remained undefeated in MEAC play over the weekend by winning three straight games at Morgan State.

Sophomore third baseman Kelsei Saunders (Nansemond River) had two huge offensive games in HU’s two wins Saturday.

In the first game of the doubleheaders, Saunders was 4-for-4 with four runs scored and two RBI. In the second game, she hit her ninth homer of the season as part of a 3-for-3, three-run, six-RBI game.

Saunders is hitting .366 with 36 RBI and 30 runs on the season. Hampton (18-24, 6-0) hosts Virginia in a doubleheader Wednesday at 1 p.m. and a doubleheader versus Longwood Friday at 1 p.m.

Christopher Newport’s softball team won the USA South Conference season title Saturday, completing the title with a doubleheader sweep, 7-1 and 8-2, against visiting Ferrum.

Freshman Maggie Farris (King’s Fork) was a pinch hitter in both games for CNU (34-6, 16-2). Farris has played in 26 games for the Lady Captains with a .364 batting average.

CNU’s won 14 straight games. The conference tournament starts Friday in Burlington, N.C.

Marshall won two of three Conference USA baseball games last weekend at Alabama-Birmingham.

Freshman center fielder Isaac Ballou (Nansemond-Suffolk) started all three games, combining to go 4-for-10 with three runs, two RBI and his second home run of the season for the Thundering Herd (13-17, 4-5).