CU SOFTBALL GOES 2-1 AT WEST VIRGINIA WESLEYAN TOURNAMENT

SALEM, VA - The Chowan University softball team picked up two wins at the West Virginia Wesleyan Tournament on Saturday at Moyer Park in Salem, Virginia. Chowan picked up a 10-0 win over Manfield, dropped a 7-1 decision to Edinboro, and ended the day with a 7-3 win over Davis & Elkins.

Kayla Robins struck out 11 Mansfield (4-2) batters in five innings of work for her 9th win of the season. She held the Mounties to one hit in the game. Chowan pounded out 12 hits in the win. Brittany Parson had a 3-3 plate performance with three runs batted in and a homerun. Haley Cooper and Tina White went 2-4 at the plate. White also knocked in two runs. Kris Neal posted three runs batted in and had a homerun.

The Hawks faced off against Edinboro (4-0) in their second game of the day. The Scots held Chowan to four hits. Parson earned the teams only multiple hit game after posting a 2-3 plate performance. She accounted for the team's lone run.

Chowan ended the day on a high note with a 7-3 win over Davis & Elkins College. The win moved the Hawks to 13-13 on the year. Robins mowed down 12 Senator batters in the win. Neal tallied two hits in four plate appearances to lead the team offensively.

Senior hurler Kayla Robins is currently ranked 5th in the nation amongst all NCAA D2 pitchers in strikeouts per game. She is averaging 11.6 strikeouts per game. Robins struck out a total of 23 batters in just 12 innings of work in two wins on Saturday.

The Hawks will wrap up play in the tournament on Sunday, March 12th with an 11am doubleheader against East Stroudsburg University.
 

HAWKS SOAR PAST BOBCATS FOR CONFERENCE WIN

MURFREESBORO, NC - The Chowan University women's lacrosse team picked up a decisive 12-9 win over Lees-McRae College in Conference Carolinas play on Saturday afternoon. The Hawks improved to 2-4 overall and 2-2 in the league after the match while the Bobcats fell to 1-3 overall and 0-2 in league play.

Chowan opened the scoring quickly with back-to-back free position shots by Tashana Barnett and Alexandria Hammonds. With a 2-0 lead, Leslie Escobar scored a goal at the 20:13 mark of the first period to take a 3-1 lead over LMC. Escobar added another goal off a caused turnover at the 18:15 mark to spread the Chowan lead to 4-1. Chowan closed the half out with scores by Heather Orell and Jasmine Latney to take a 6-4 lead into the break.

The Hawks opened the second half with a score by Hammonds at the 26:42 mark for a 7-4 lead. After two scores by LMC, Barnett scored on a free position shot to spread the lead to 8-6. Chowan went on to the 12-9 final, getting their second Conference Carolinas win of the season.

Orell ended the match with four goals while Hammonds and Barnett each scored three goals. Hammonds collected 12 draw controls and seven ground balls in the win. Escobar was credited with two scores in the win.

As a team, Chowan was 13-13 in clear attempts and collected 28 ground balls. They out shot the Bobcats 32-30 in the match. The Hawks were 3-6 in free position shots with Barnett going 2-2.

Shaena Ravenell played 60:00 minutes in goal with six saves. Chowan will travel to Pfieffer University on Saturday, March 18th in their next outing.

HAWKS SWEEP ESU TO WRAP UP TOURNAMENT

SALEM, VA - The Chowan University softball team picked up two wins in final day play of the West Virginia Wesleyan University Tournament at Moyer Park in Salem, Virginia on Sunday afternoon. The Hawks swept East Stroudsburg in a doubleheader with scores of 8-0 and 6-4. Chowan improved their overall record to 15-13 after going 4-1 in the three day tournament.

Chowan posted eight runs in the final two at-bats to help lift them over the Warriors 8-0 in the first game. Senior hurler Kayla Robins struck out 14 Warrior batters for the win. Brittany Parson continued her hot hitting streak after a three run homerun in the bottom of the 6th inning. The Hawks capitalized off of five hits in the top of the 7th to spread their lead to 8-0. Robins and the defense held the Warriors off the board to pick up the 8-0 win.

Parson ended game one 3-4 with five RBI. Brook Bowen went 2-3 with two RBI and Haley Cooper ended the game 2-2.

The Hawks battled from behind to take the 6-4 night cap win. Shannon Buchanan started the game and pitched 4.1 innings. Trailing 3-1, Robins came in to throw the last 2.1 innings, picking up the win in relief. She struck out five batters. Tina White went 3-3 with a triple and Kris Neal went 2-3 with three RBI.

The Hawks will travel to Charlotte, North Carolina next weekend for the CIAA Round-Up. A game schedule will be released this week

Shippensburg Ends Panthers' Season

3/12/2017 | Men's Basketball | Box Score

Virginia Union University's Ray Anderson scored 10 points, but #2-seeded Shippensburg University eliminated the #7-seeded Panthers from the NCAA Tournament 79-59 in the quarter-finals of the NCAA Atlantic Regionals held on Saturday, March 11, in Fairmont, W.V.

Anderson ended his career with 1,995 points, fourth among the all-time scoring leaders at Virginia Union. Only Mike Davis (2,758), A.J. English (2,396) and Jamie Waller (2,298) have scored more points than Anderson in school history.

Shippensburg hit a school-record 18 three-pointers in the game, as the Raiders knocked down treys at a 12-for-19 clip in the second half alone, making 46 percent of their 38 tries.

"They shot lights-out," Virginia Union coach Jay Butler said of the Raiders. "We tried everything in the books defensively. They did a great job of moving the basketball."

Shippensburg's marksmanship disrupted Virginia Union's pressure, which had averaged eight steals a game all season but only forced 12 turnovers.

"It's tough. In our conference, you don't see a lot of teams that shoot like Shippensburg," Butler said. "We thrive off of turnovers and getting out in transition. Today, it was frustrating to not be able to turn them over."

VUU's John Mitchell led the team with six rebounds.

The Panthers end the season with a 22-8 record, their most wins since 2008, and making their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2007.
 
HAWKS SPLIT TWIN BILL WITH MANSFIELD

Box Score 1 | Box Score 2 MURFREESBORO, NC - The Chowan University baseball team split a Sunday doubleheader with Mansfield University to move to 9-15 on the season. Chowan posted 14 team hits to help propel them to a 15-4 win in the first game but but they fell short in the night cap with a 7-6 loss.

Chowan used a balanced attack of offense and pitching to pick up their 9th win of the season. Bailey Lipscomb picked up the win after throwing six innings. He scattered five hits and struck out five to pick up his second win of the season. Cody Smith pitched an inning of relief for the Hawks, striking out three Mountie batters.

With the game tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the 5th inning, Kyle Cross blasted a bases loaded homerun to right center field to bust the tie and give Chowan a comfortable lead. The Hawks went on to post seven runs in the bottom of the 5th inning to take a 9-2 lead. Harry Markotay plated another three runs in the Hawks next at bat with a three-run shot to left field and a 15-3 lead. The Mounties put up a run in the top of the 6th but Lipscomb got the Hawks out of the inning and set up Smith to close out the game.

The Hawks had five players garner multiple hits. Connor Arcobasso ended game one 3-5 while Zack Cooper, Julian Lopez, Jack Downum, and Marvin Harrell Jr. collected two hits each. Harrell posted three runs and three runs batted in. Cross ended the game 1-4 with four runs batted in.

The Hawks fell short in the night cap, losing 7-6. Mansfield jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the 3rd inning before the Hawks answered. In the bottom of the 4th inning, Robert Williams tied the game at 3-3 with a three-run blast to right center field. Mansfield busted the tie with four runs in the top of the 5th inning for a 7-3 lead. The Hawks added runs in their final three at-bats and were knocking on the door in the bottom of the seventh but Mansfield's Joseph Deperno was able to pitch his team out of a jam for the eventual 7-6 win.

Brosdahl ended game two 3-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Williams end the game 2-4 with four RBI while teammates Cooper, Arcobasso, and Harrell each added two hits.

The Hawks will host Winston-Salem State University in a four-game series March 18th and March 19th in their next outing. Both days the games will start at 1:00pm at Hawkins Field.
 
NCCU to Play in NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament First Four

Eagles Face UC Davis in Dayton, Ohio on Wednesday at 6:40 p.m. on truTV

INDIANAPOLIS – After winning the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament title to earn a trip to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament for the second time in school history, North Carolina Central University will face UC Davis on Wednesday, March 15 at 6:40 p.m. in the NCAA First Four in Dayton, Ohio. The contest will be televised live on truTV.

NCCU made its first March Madness appearance in 2014, when the No. 14 seed Eagles played Iowa State in San Antonio.

In just six seasons as a Division I program - NCCU achieved full NCAA Division I membership in August 2011 - the Eagles have posted four 20-win campaigns, earned three MEAC regular-season championships (2013-14, 2014-15, 2016-17) and won two MEAC tournament championships (2014, 2017). Two seasons ago, NCCU participated in the NIT with a road game against the University of Miami.

The 2016-17 NCCU team boasts an overall record of 25-8 with a 13-3 conference mark.

UC Davis won the Big West Conference Tournament and enters Wednesday’s game with a 22-12 overall record.

The winner of the No. 16 NCCU/UC Davis match-up will to play No. 1 seed Kansas on Friday, March 17 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
   
PIRATES SET TO FACE COASTAL CAROLINA IN CBI

HAMPTON, Va. – The Hampton University men’s basketball team will compete in the 2017 College Basketball Invitational (CBI) presented by FIVE FOUR, as the 16-team field was announced on Sunday. The Pirates will be at Coastal Carolina on Wednesday.

Game time has yet to be announced.

The Pirates (14-16) are coming off a MEAC Tournament quarterfinal loss to Maryland Eastern Shore this past Thursday. Third Team All-MEAC and MEAC All-Rookie selection Jermaine Marrow is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 15.5 points per game.

Hampton last competed in the CBI in 2014, falling 69-65 at Penn State in the first round. This will mark the Pirates’ fourth straight season reaching postseason play.

Coastal Carolina (16-17) fell 74-51 to Texas Arlington in the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament after going 10-8 in league play. Junior guard Jaylen Shaw, a Third Team All-Sun Belt selection, leads the team in scoring (14.1 points per game), and he ranks in the top 10 in the conference in both 3-point field goal percentage (.394) and assists (124).

Hampton and Coastal Carolina have met twice before, with each team winning on its home floor during the 1995-96 season, the Pirates’ first as a Div. I program.

The winner will face either Loyola (Md.) or George Mason in the quarterfinals on Monday, March 20.

The CBI is a single-elimination tournament, until the best-of-three championship round (March 27, 29 and 31 on ESPNU).

Past CBI champions include Tulsa, Oregon State, VCU, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Santa Clara, Siena, Loyola Chicago, and Nevada. To learn more about the CBI, visit www.gazellegroup.com.