Jack Hudson blasted a three-run homer in the top of the eighth inning Wednesday afternoon to lead West Virginia State to a 6-2 baseball victory at Salem International and a nonconference doubleheader split.Andrew Falbo picked up the victory in relief for the Yellow Jackets.In the opener, Scott Schlapinski homered and Taylor Palermo earned the victory with two innings of relief as the Tigers rapped 11 hits and won 5-4. Tyler Payne belted a homer for State and Andrew Pickering had a pair of RBIs.Concord took the lead on State in the West Virginia Conference South standings Wednesday with a 10-1, 13-3 doubleheader sweep of visiting West Liberty. The Mountain Lions are 20-7 in the league and 25-16 overall, and sit a half-game ahead of West Virginia State (18-6, 21-15) in the WVC South.nn
WVU SPORTS: Freshman Garrett Spurgeon of Canton, Mo., finished eighth in the 10-meter air rifle for West Virginia Tuesday in the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo.Mountaineer teammate Patrick Sunderman of Farmington, Minn., placed 18th. The championships conclude this week with the men's smallbore and prone positions.A total of 340 WVU student-athletes were recognized for their achievements in the classroom Tuesday during a banquet honoring recipients of the Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll. The award honors student-athletes carrying a 3.0 GPA or better.
Liam McLaughlin of the men's swimming and diving team received the male Community Service Outreach Award, and Ali Connelly of the women's soccer team earned the female award. Men's swimming garnered the overall team award for community service.nn
MU SPORTS: Marshall's women take a No. 7 seed into their opening match with host Houston at 1 p.m. today in the Conference USA Tennis Championships. The Herd (12-10) has won six of its last nine matches, while the Cougars (13-10) just snapped a five-match losing skid.Fans can follow the tournament matches online at www.conferenceusa.com
.Marshall announced a nine-member recruiting class for women's soccer Wednesday.
The incoming players are attackers Sydney Arnold (Stafford, Va.) and Beth Dine (Kennett Square, Pa.), midfielders Jordan Parkhurst (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Kayla Byrnside (Milford, Ohio), Patricia Lauritcen (El Paso, Texas), defenders Jessica Inman (Princeton), Summer Wheatley (Huntington) and Riley Mahoney (Virginia Beach, Va.) and keeper Danielle Cushing (Lone Tree, Colo.).nn
REDS CHARITY BUS TRIP: The Kanawha City Lions Club is sponsoring a bus trip to the Cincinnati Reds home game on Saturday, May 11 against the Milwaukee Brewers. Cost is $65 per person, which includes round-trip transportation and a ticket to the game. The bus leaves the Charleston Civic Center at 9:30 a.m. that day.Proceeds from the trip will be donated to charitable organizations by the Lions Club. For more information, contact Robert Stigall at 304-925-2319 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SHEPHERD HONOREE: Ryan Messina of Shepherd was selected as the Division II player of the week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. He batted .545 for the week with 12 hits, 11 runs and 18 RBIs.nn
HOOPS ON HILL CAMP: George Washington High School will hold its Hoops on the Hill basketball camp for three different age groups during three weeks in June.
The first session is June 3-7 for boys and girls entering grades six to eight next fall, with a cost of $120 per camper or two in a family for $220. The camp runs daily from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the entry deadline is May 29.The next session, for boys and girls ages 5 to 8, runs 8:30-11:30 a.m. daily from June 10-13, with a cost of $85 for one and $150 for two in a family. The entry deadline is June 6. The final session, from June 17-21, runs 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily, and costs $120 for one and $220 for two in a family. Entry deadline is June 13.For more information, call coach Rick Greene at either 304-348-7729 (school) or 304-342-9894.nn
CLARIFICATION: George Washington senior lineman Alex Jones signed Wednesday with the football program at Baldwin-Wallace University in Berea, Ohio.