ACC honors Eberle, Bennett
With both players playing vital roles in [RV] Virginia Tech softball’s upset of No. 8 Georgia last weekend, Kelsey Bennett and Carrie Eberle were named Co-Player and Co-Pitcher of the Week, as announced by the league office on Tuesday.
It marks the second time this year that the Hokies (16-3) have swept the awards in the same week, matching Feb. 12 when Caitlyn Nolan and Keely Rochard accomplished the feat.
Bennett and Eberle (8-1) were key in Tech’s 4-1 record last week, defeating Radford (6-9) on its home field 10-0 in the first midweek tilt of the season and following it up with a 3-1 showing at the Bulldog Classic. The 7-6 extra-inning win over the Bulldogs (18-2) marked the first road win over a ranked opponent by Tech since 2013.
Bennett got it going early last week, hitting a home run in her first two games at Radford and Georgia. She would also finish strong, racking up her third homer of the week versus UAB on Sunday. She finished with a .417 batting average and 1.167 slugging percentage with five hits, four RBIs and three walks, while making eight assists at third base.
Eberle went 2-0 over the weekend, holding UGA to three earned runs while not allowing an earned run to the Blazers on her way to nine strikeouts and only two walks. She owned a 1.47 ERA in her two outings of 14.1 innings pitched.
CAC summer camp
The Christiansburg Aquatics Center is taking registration for its Fins Summer Camp beginning March 11. The price is $85 for residents and non-resident $110 guests. The camp is for rising first graders through fourth graders and will weekly beginning June 10 and lasting to August 2.
For more information, call 381-7665.
Wrestling tourney seedings
The Atlantic Coast Conference announced the seeding for the 2019 ACC Wrestling Championships, which will be hosted by Virginia Tech today in Cassell Coliseum.
Virginia Tech, the two-time defending ACC champion, leads all schools with three No. 1 seeds in redshirt freshman Mekhi Lewis at 165 pounds, redshirt junior David McFadden at 174 and redshirt senior Zack Zavatsky 184. Seeds were determined by a vote of the league’s six head coaches.
Here’s where the Hokies were seeded at the other weights: No. 3 Joey Prata (125), No. 4 Korbin Myers (133), No. 2 Mitch Moore (141), No. 4 Ryan Blees (149), No. 3 B.C. LaPrade (157), No. 2 Tom Sleigh (197), No. 3 Billy Miller (285). The complete seeding list can be found below and brackets for the tournament can be found here.
Tickets are priced at $10 for adults. Admission is free for youth 18 and under. ACC students are admitted free with a valid student ID. The doors to Cassell Coliseum will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, with first-round action kicking off the event at 11 a.m. Semifinals are set for 1 p.m., followed by the consolation semifinals at 3:30 p.m. and the consolation finals at 5 p.m. Championship matches begin at 7 p.m., followed by the awards presentation.
Run for Remembrance
The 3.2-Mile Run in Remembrance at Virginia Tech will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 13.
At the event, the Virginia Tech community reflects on the vibrant lives of the 32 students and faculty who were tragically taken from us on April 16, 2007. This community run/walk throughout the campus of VT strives to bring fellow Hokies together, to feel the support of the community, and to celebrate the lives of our friends and family members.
The run is free of charge to all participants! There will be a $4 charge for the run t-shirt if participants want one. This charge is to cover the cost to make the shirt and will ensure that all participants who want to have a shirt will get one. Participants must register by Monday, April 1 to receive a shirt.
For more information go to www.recsports.vt.edu,or call 231-6856.
Concord ninth in region
The Concord University women’s basketball team has been slotted ninth in the final NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Rankings that were released Wednesday afternoon.
Virginia Union is first in the poll followed by Glenville at two and California (Pa.) at three. Indiana (Pa.) slipped to fourth in this week’s poll while Bowie State held at fifth. Edinboro was sixth followed by Charleston, West Liberty, Concord and Bloomsburg to round out the poll.
CU is 22-6 on the season heading into the Mountain East Conference Tournament Quarterfinals. The Mountain Lions face UVa.-Wise 2:15 p.m. Thursday at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling, West Virginia.