CU softball wins CIAA season crown

Published 9:40 pm Monday, April 18, 2011

Chowan’s softball team won the CIAA regular season championship, clinching it with a doubleheader sweep at Bowie State on Thursday. The Lady Hawks (31-17, 17-1) won by scores of 5-0 and 11-3.


For the season, senior outfielder Mindy Byrd (King’s Fork) has started 46 CU games, hitting .305 with 38 runs, five triples, three homers, 33 RBI and 12 stolen bases. Sophomore Shelby Pendleton (Lakeland) has played in 28 games as a reserve outfielder.

CU goes on to the CIAA Tournament starting Wednesday in Petersburg.

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Fayetteville State (18-27, 11-6) will be the No. 2 seed from its division entering the CIAA softball championships.

Junior outfielder LaTonia Gatling (King’s Fork) is the usual leadoff hitter for the Lady Broncos. Gatling is hitting .242 with 16 runs and 10 stolen bases.


Norfolk State’s softball team took two of three games hosting South Carolina State over the weekend.

Third baseman and clean-up hitter Whitney Holland (King’s Fork) went 4-for-12 and scored two runs in the series. Holland went 10-for-10 fielding against SCSU. Holland’s hitting .308 with 11 RBI for the season.

NSU (10-21, 3-6 MEAC) has a doubleheader at Liberty scheduled for Wednesday followed by a home doubleheader against Maryland-Eastern Shore Thursday.

VMI swept at Big South baseball series at Charleston Southern Friday-Sunday, winning 11-0, 15-12 and 9-1.

In the finale, senior Justin Topping (Nansemond River) contributed two hits and two RBI, giving him 10 RBI on the year, to the Keydet offense.

The Keydets (19-16-1, 8-7) play at VCU Tuesday evening.


Elizabeth City State went 4-0 in CIAA baseball play last week, winning doubleheaders against St. Paul’s and Shaw.

Freshman Johnny Pitt played in three of the games, playing some first base and some third base while going 3-for-10 with three runs and four RBI. Pitt hit his third home run of the season in one of the wins over St. Paul’s.

Pitt’s hitting .360 in 19 games with 15 RBI and no errors in 42 defensive chances.

ECSU (17-21, 10-14) goes into the CIAA Championships starting Wednesday in Petersburg.