By: Jason Pompey, VSU Sports Information
Gene Thompson Selected to the Delaware Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame
Virginia State University’s Gene Thompson was selected to the State of Delaware Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Gene Thompson is the head coach of the men’s tennis team and also serves as an assistant coach on the women’s basketball team. He is the eighth coach to be inducted and will be recognized at the University of Delaware on March 16th, 2013.
Christopher Grier Named to CIAA All-Tournament Team
Virginia State University’s Christopher Grier was named to the 2013 Men’s Basketball CIAA All-Tournament Team on Saturday, March 2nd at the conclusion of the Championship game. Christopher Grier averaged 18 points with 5.5 rebounds per game during the CIAA Tournament. Grier drained three shots from long range in the second half alone scoring 14 points as the Trojans defeated Fayetteville State 75-65 in the opening round of the CIAA Tournament. In their next game, he scored 16 of his game-high 20 points in the second half alone rallying the Trojans back against St. Augustine’s in the loss.
Trojans Win CIAA Men’s Basketball Highest Team GPA Award
The Trojans men’s basketball team topped all other men’s squads in the CIAA with a total team GPA of 2.9. The Trojans finished fifth in the CIAA Northern Division and advanced to the second round of the 2013 CIAA Tournament. The Trojans were recognized for their academic achievement on Saturday, March 2nd during the CIAA Men’s Championship Game at the Time Warner Cable Arena.
Trojans Baseball Dominate Lions, 15-6
Percy Evans hit a two-run double to left field in the first inning to spark a Virginia State eight-run first inning against Lincoln. The Trojans won 15-6 to extend their current win streak to three games. Lincoln scored three runs in the first inning but then the Trojans responded for eight runs later that inning. Eight runs, on eight hits, and two fielding errors brought the Trojans back early in the game. Nicholas Christopher score twice while Joshua Markins, Tyler Coleman, Percy Evans, John McCarty, William Tapp, and Rodell Stewart all scored runs in the first inning. The Trojans added one run in the second inning and three in both the third and fourth innings for a 15-3 lead. Lincoln went on to score three runs in the eighth inning but the lead was too much as Virginia State cruised to a 15-6 win. Percy Evans led the Trojans with four RBIs while John McCarty added three. Tyler Coleman, William Tapp, and Rodell Stewart all had three hits. Nicholas Christopher scored four runs and Joshua Markins had three. Rico Solomon (2-1) pitched six innings and struck out four batters. Maso Cotton threw for two innings and William Tapp closed the game with two strikeouts in the ninth inning.
Trojans Softball Falls to Pace in Double-Header
Virginia State dropped a double-header to Pace University on Sunday, March 3rd in Petersburg, VA. Jessica Mattia pitched game one for VSU and struck out four while Inez Hudson started game two and struck out six. The Trojans surrendered 12 hits and committed three errors in a game one lost to Pace. Pace scored three runs in the first inning taking an early lead over the Trojans. VSU’s Brittany Payne scored a run in the second inning on a ground out to first base by Jameshia Smith. VSU had nine hits led by Caitlin Underhill. She hit a double to left field in the second inning for the Trojans only extra base hit of the game. Caitlin Underhill, Dominique Johnson, and Verlisha Brandon all recorded two hits for Virginia State. Pitcher Jessica Mattia allowed struck out four batters and walked only one, but the Trojans took a 7-1 lost in game one to Pace. ??In game two, the Trojans only had three hits compared to 14 total by Pace. Inez Hudson took the mound for the Trojans and struck out six batters without walking a single one. Pace scored three runs in the fifth inning to take a 4-0 lead over the Trojans. Endya Bailey hit an RBI single to left field in the fifth inning, scoring Verlisha Brandon cutting into the Pace lead. VSU’s offense was a nonfactor in game two with only three total hits. Pace completed the doubleheader sweep of the Trojans with a 4-1 win in game two.