Buffalo distance runner Dylan Rich swept the 800-meter and mile races at the Heart of the Bluegrass Classic at the University of Kentucky.Running against some of Kentucky's best high school runners, Rich ran the mile in 4 minutes, 20.80 seconds, winning by 5.37 seconds. A few hours later, he ran the 800 in 1:57.71, just off his season best but good for a 1.8-second victory.His points gave Buffalo a 16th-place finish out of 30 schools that scored, which isn't bad considering the rest of the Bison team ran Friday at the Winfield Invitational. Rich just ran in the 4x800 relay that night.Saturday's races were an audition of sorts for Rich, who is leaning toward running at UK.
WVC TENNIS: The University of Charleston came from behind twice Saturday to edge West Virginia Wesleyan 5-4 and earn a spot in the West Virginia Conference men's tennis tournament championship match.Bluefield notched a 5-0 win over Shepherd in the other semifinal. UC and Bluefield will meet in the finals at 1 p.m. today at the Schoenbaum Courts/Watt Powell Annex in Charleston.Nick Bakos, playing at No. 6 singles for UC, clinched the match with a 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 win over Andre Fernandes.
TECH BASEBALL: Marc Culmer went 5 of 8 with eight RBIs as WVU Tech won two games, defeating Ohio Christian 13-1 and then host University of the Cumberlands 6-3.The Golden Bears (22-25) snapped a nine-game losing streak and tied the school record for wins. They play Cumberlands in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. today.Freshman Tommy Weaver won the opener as he and Jonathan Price combined to throw a three-hitter. In the latter game, Ryan Bailey started the Bears' scoring with a two-out, two-strike, two-RBI single in the second inning.
WVU SPORTS: Second-half goals from Kelsie Maloney and Kate Schwindel guided the West Virginia women's soccer team to a 2-2 draw against visiting Maryland Saturday at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in Morgantown.The West Virginia baseball team was downed by Texas 12-0 Saturday in Austin, Texas.
WVU (22-18, 5-6 Big 12) was hampered by two errors and managed just four hits, while Texas (21-16, 5-9 Big 12) recorded 14 hits with no errors. After not allowing an earned run in his last three starts, Dan Dierdorff (2-5) took the loss for the Mountaineers, allowing eight runs on nine hits with one strikeout and one walk over four innings. Texas starter Dillon Peters (4-2) earned the win.nn
MU BASEBALL: UCF scored three runs with two out in the fifth inning to overcome Marshall's early lead and defeat the Thundering Herd 3-1 at Jay Bergman Field in Orlando, Fla.Erik Hempe went 2 for 3 with a pair of RBIs for UCF (21-19). Andrew Dundon and Nathan Gomez contributed two hits apiece for the Herd (14-23). Aaron Blair (6-3) took the loss, giving up three runs on six hits and striking out eight while walking four.nn
WVSU SOFTBALL: Freshman pitcher Anna Eggleston allowed only one run in 10 innings as she picked up the win in each end of a doubleheader as West Virginia State swept host Seton Hill 16-1 and 13-5 Saturday in Greensburg, Pa.
State's Victoria Crawford drove in four runs in the opener with two singles, a triple, and home run while Dee Dee Loftis and Alana Weyant also connected for home runs. State rallied from a 5-3 deficit in the nightcap as Mattie Best knocked in four runs with a single and pair of home runs.nn
WVU FAN CLUB: West Virginia University strength and conditioning coach Mike Joseph will speak to the Kanawha Valley WVU Fan Club at 7 p.m. Thursday at Harding's Restaurant in Mink Shoals.