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Leading the nation

Benedict College’s Charae Rice (Nansemond River) is among the top all-around sluggers in NCAA Division II softball this season while leading Benedict to a 26-8 record so far.

Rice, a junior catcher, is leading NCAA Div. II with a .533 batting average (56-for-105). She also leads the nation in doubles per game (19 doubles total) and is in the top 10 individually in triples (seventh, 7), slugging percentage (fifth, .971), runs batted in (third, 44) and runs per game (tenth, 1.25). Rice has five homers this season.

The Lady Tigers lead NCAA Div. II in runs per game (9.0) and team slugging percentage (.628)

Benedict (26-8, 18-8) is in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament this weekend in Columbus, Ga.

Boston College’s baseball team won the Beanpot Championship, a competition amongst Boston schools, for the 2010 season, winning the final 9-3 over Northeastern Wednesday. BC (21-17, 9-9 ACC) has won five straight games, including a three-game sweep over Wake Forest over the weekend.

Junior second baseman Matt Hamlet (Nansemond-Suffolk) went 2-for-4 with two runs in the win against Northeastern. For the season, Hamlet’s hitting .282 with 35 runs, seven doubles and three homers.

BC plays at North Carolina State Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Virginia Wesleyan senior Jason Taylor (Nansemond River) won the 400-meter dash in 50.51 seconds on Tuesday at the Blue and Silver Challenge at Christopher Newport.

Also for VWC’s team, freshman Tiffany Holloway (King’s Fork) was on the school-record-setting Marlin team in the 4-by-100 relay. The Marlins placed second in the meet, but their time of 51.89 broke the old Marlin record by 0.95 seconds.