On Campus 5/7/13
Bkaye Smith (SLHS) has become known more at Virginia Tech for her golden glove and precision hitting than being a power slugger. However, while playing in her final week of the regular season, the senior Hokie decided to give everyone a surprise.
With bases loaded in the fifth inning of Virginia Tech’s game against Liberty, the shortstop belted a grand slam, her first collegiate home run in 554 career at bats. Tech would go on to score nine runs that inning and cruise to an easy 11-1 victory. They would gain a second win over the Flames in the nightcap by winning 4-2. Smith finished the doubleheader going 2-4 from the plate, hitting a double and a home run, scoring one run and hitting seven RBIs. From the field, she made two outs and had three assists.
Tech would later host Maryland for a three-game series, dropping the first two games 3-1 and 9-7 before picking up the victory on Senior Day, 4-0. Smith would finish the series with the Terps 1-8 with a triple, one run scored and two RBIs while making three outs and seven assists defensively from shortstop.
Virginia Tech now finishes the regular season 33-18, 8-11 in ACC play and will now face Maryland to open the ACC Tournament on Thursday at 11 a.m. in Tallahassee, Fla., with the game to be televised on ESPN3.
Dillon’s long snapping featured on ESPN
Long snapper, it’s a position on the football team that often does not gain much notoriety unless you make a mistake by sailing the ball well over the punter’s head resulting in a big play for the opposition. Danny Dillon (LCHS), long snapper for Campbell University’s football team, however, turned his long snapping skills into a highlight that landed him on ESPN’s Top 10 plays of the day last week.
While practicing his long snapping in an on-campus gym, Dillon snapped a ball from half court and it went in the basket. So he decided to try another one with his friends recording the attempt. He lined up on the opposite foul line and snapped the ball across court at the opposite basket, hitting nothing but the bottom of the net. As the video of the amazing shot circulated around the web, ESPN picked it up and added it to their sports show. When asked if he ever thought that he would receive such notoriety for the trick shot, Dillon replied, “No, we just posted it for friends and teammates to see. I had no idea it would become so popular.”
Nick Durazo (1-4) (LCHS) and East Carolina (23-21, 8-7) finished the week 3-1. Earlier in the week, the Pirates went 10 innings with Gardner-Webb before picking up the 9-7 win. Durazo started on the mound for the sixth time this season, going three innings, facing 13 batters and allowing three runs on five hits. Over the weekend, ECU went 2-1 against Southern Miss — winning games one and three, 6-3 and 3-2, but narrowly dropped game two 10-9 in 11 innings. The Pirates will travel this weekend to West Virginia to face Marshall for a three-game series.
Dillon Frye (LCHS) and 5th-ranked N.C. State (37-11, 15-8) swept Presbyterian in three games — 5-1, 8-1 and 12-3. Frye came on in relief in the second game, giving up one hit in facing one batter. He would also see action in game three, retiring all three batters he faced in the ninth inning. The Wolfpack will have a four-game homestand this week, hosting UNC Wilmington today and welcoming the Florida State Seminoles this weekend for a three-game series.
Josh Kelly (LCHS) and Appalachian State completed their regular season with an 8-0 win over UNCC. Kelly pitched a complete game, giving up three walks, three hits and striking out nine in the shutout. He would only allow six to reach base. The Mountaineers finished second in their conference and will now wait to see if they will receive a bid to the regional tournament.
Micah Lawrence (LCHS) and 15th-ranked Barton College began play yesterday in the three-day NCAA Division II South/Southeast Regional at the Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.