By Jason Pompey
RHP Nicholas Christopher struck out six Tigers, picking up his sixth win of the season in a 13-2 blowout for the Trojans against Salem International on Saturday, April 7 in Petersburg, VA. Infielder Joshua Markins added some offense with two hits and three RBI’s for VSU.
VSU’s Nicholas Christopher (freshman/ Dinwiddie, VA) went five innings, allowing two hits and one run against Salem International. At the plate, Christopher added two hits and two runs, helping the Trojans improve to 19-15 this season.
Infielder Joshua Markins (freshman/ Colonial Heights, VA) led with three RBI’s on two hits and outfielder Cameron Cox (senior/ Baltimore, MD) recorded a team-high three hits.
In the first inning, VSU scored two runs on four hits to take an early lead. They added six more runs in the next inning on five hits and a fielding error by the Salem International defense. VSU continued their offensive explosion with five more runs in the third inning.
Nine Trojans recorded hits as the team combined for fourteen singles and one hit for a double by outfielder William Tapp (freshman/ Dinwiddie, VA).
RHP Brandon Cooper (sophomore/ Richmond, VA) pitched the final four innings for VSU, surrendering one run on three hits as the Trojans swept the Tigers in the three game series.
“The team played very well today. We jumped on them early with a lot of hits. Our pitchers put some pressure on the Tigers and we were able to cruise just for the day, so I thought we did pretty good overall as a team,” said VSU’s head baseball coach Merrill Morgan.
The Trojans hosted Newport News Apprentice School on Tuesday, April 10.
Trojan Tennis Team Captures CIAA Northern Division Championship
Virginia State’s men’s tennis team was crowned 2012 CIAA Northern Division Champions after their undefeated season against the CIAA Northern Divisional teams. They went 6-0 against their divisional teams; Chowan, Lincoln, and Virginia Union.
The Trojans swept thru the Panthers of Virginia Union University 9-0 on Thursday, March 29th. In doubles competition, the duo of Emmanuel Haug (senior/ Las Vegas, NV) and Nicholas Pfab (freshman/ Powhatan, VA) defeated VUU’s Terrance Malone and Charles Sheets (8-0). The next doubles pair of twin brothers, Matthew and Nicholas Brown, shut out VUU’s Orlando Nelson and James Berry (8-0).
VSU went up against Lincoln on Friday, March 30th and breezed through the Lions 9-0. Haug rallied back in the final set to defeat Lincoln’s Osho Adedotun (6-1, 7-6). Avery Saunders (senior/ Midlothian, VA) won 6-2, 6-4 over Michael Sangster from Lincoln. Both Matthew and Nicholas Brown continued their hot streaks, each posting wins, and Evan Dirksen (freshman/ Chicago, IL) defeated LU’s Joseph Brown (6-4, 7-5).
In their final match-up against Chowan, the Trojans found themselves trailing the Hawks after doubles competition. VSU dropped number one and three singles play. Matthew and Nicholas Brown scored the Trojans only points in doubles with an 8-2 win over Chowan’s Scott Van Eck and Bjorn Blythe.
Trailing 2-1, the Trojans went on to win the final four matches of singles competition. Freshmen Nicholas Pfab and Evan Dirksen played in the number five and six spots, respectively, for Virginia State and sealed the 5-4 comeback win for the Trojans.
Head tennis coach, Gene Thompson has guided his men’s tennis team to their fifth straight CIAA Divisional title. The Trojans are 11-7 overall, with an 11-2 conference record, and a 6-0 divisional record.
Lady Trojans Sweep CIAA Women’s Tennis Players of the Week Awards
Virginia State University’s women’s tennis program won three awards for the matches played through April 1, 2012 and were recognized as CIAA Tennis Players of the Week. Nakesha Harry (freshman/ St. Vincent, West Indies) was named CIAA Player of the Week, Sharmane Tonkins (freshman/ Norfolk, VA) was named CIAA Rookie of the Week, and Dr. Linda Person was named CIAA Coach of the Week.
VSU’s Percy Evans Wins CIAA Defensive Player of the Week
Infielder Percy Evans (junior/ Cary, NC) was named CIAA Defensive Player of the Week for his outstanding performance in seven games last week.
Percy Evans is a force at first base for the Trojans. In the past week, he recorded 52 outs with no fielding errors and brought in six RBI’s for the week. In Game one of a double header against Saint Augustine’s, Evans had three hits and three RBI’s.
Evans is a 6-1 transfer from Barton College and majors in Criminal Justice at VSU. Percy leads his team with 229 total putouts, in runs scored (25), and is tied in doubles (6). He ranks third with 17 RBI’s and fourth in hits with 25 this season.
The Trojans will be in action on Wednesday with a road trip to Durham, NC against North Carolina Central University.
Trojans Get Three National Qualifiers and a National Jr. Record at Fred Hardy Invite
On the men’s side, Prince Owusu-Mensah (freshman/ Garfield, VA) finished third overall in the men’s 800m with a NCAA Provisional Mark of 1:52.07, which currently places him third in the nation after this week’s competition. Transfer Jarius Reed (sophomore/ Newport News, VA) in his first shot at the 400m hurdles, posted a time of 53.47 which placed him second overall and placed him on the NCAA list as well. The men’s 4x400m relay team of Reed, Teshad Chambers (freshman/ Richmond, VA) Daniel Ross (junior/ Baltimore, MD) and Ronald Johnson (sophomore/ Lorton, VA) finished third overall with a time of 3:16.02.
For the women, Samantha Edwards (senior/ Elmont, NY) won the women’s 200m in a NCAA provisional time and new meet record of 23.83, which stands as the fastest time in NCAA Div II after this weekend’s competition. Taylor-Ashley Bean (freshman/ Sandys’ Bermuda) ran a time of 4:42.82 in the women’s 1500m which is a new Bermudian National Jr. Record. The women’s 4x400m relay team of Alicia Terry (freshman/ Roanoke, VA), Edwards, Sierra Clayton (senior/ Chesapeake, VA) and Jovonne Tyson-King (junior/ Pontiac, MI) finished first overall with a time of 3:49.02. The 4x100m relay team of Anjelica Harris (senior/ Prince George, VA), Edwards, Alexis Coleman (freshman/ Kansas City, MO) and Tyson-King finished second with a time of 48.04. The women’s 4x800m relay team of Bianca Jacques (sophomore/ Jamaica, NY), Bean, Shannon Lewis (sophomore/ Yorktown, VA)) and Jourdan Johnson (junior/ Winston Salem, NC) finished third with a time of 9:43.11
Next week, the Trojan teams will split and compete at the Colonial Relays hosted by the College of William & Mary as well as the Pepsi Florida Relays hosted by the University of Florida.