Nikki Sagermann singled up the middle in the eighth inning to give regional host Kentucky a 2-1 victory over Marshall in the opener of the NCAA softball tournament.The Thundering Herd (35-21) falls to the losers bracket of the four-team regional, facing Notre Dame at 3:30 p.m. today. A win sends the Herd on to play the Kentucky-Virginia Tech loser at 6 p.m.; a loss brings elimination.Marshall took the lead on a Shaelynn Braxton single in the fourth inning. Kentucky (39-18) answered in the fifth, when Sylver Samuel singled, stole second and scored on a Kara Dill single.The Herd and pitcher Andi Williamson didn't get an out in the bottom of the eighth. Griffin Joyner doubled and after an intentional walk, pinch-runner Lauren Cumbess advanced to third on a wild pitch. Another intentional walk loaded the bases, setting up Sagermann's winning hit.
WVU BASEBALL: The West Virginia baseball team lost its fifth straight game Friday night, a 5-0 loss to Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla.West Virginia (30-25) loaded the bases in the fourth inning with one out, but was unable to bring home any runs. Two Mountaineer errors in the fifth lead to a five-run frame for the Cowboys. Sophomore left-hander John Means (4-4) took the loss despite only giving up two earned runs on four hits and striking out six.West Virginia plays its final game of the regular season against Oklahoma State (39-13, 13-9) at 4 p.m. today.nn
MU BASEBALL: Marshall's baseball team suffered a 13-0 loss to No. 20 Rice Friday night in Houston.The Herd was held to just five hits, with Isaac Ballou collecting two. Rice's Keenan Cook drove in three runs.Marshall (20-33) concludes the regular season at Rice (36-17) at 2 p.m. today.nn
WVU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: West Virginia University women's basketball coach Mike Carey announced Thursday the hiring of Sharrona Reaves as an assistant coach.Reaves served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator under Carey from 2003-06.
CONCORD BASBALL: Concord's baseball team fell in an elimination game to Winston-Salem 7-5 at the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Tournament in Winston-Salem, N.C.nn
MU GOLF: Marshall's Nathan Kerns was tied for 33rd after the second round of the Columbus NCAA regional. The senior shot a 4-over par 75 and has a total score of 8 over 150. The final round begins today.nn
WVC GOLF: Wheeling Jesuit's Kasey Frazier turned in a 6-over 78 and was in 14th place Friday in the second round of the NCAA Division II women's national golf championship in Daytona Beach, Fla. The final round is set for today.
LOCAL GOLF: The YMCA of the Kanawha Valley will hold its 20th annual Partners with Youth charity golf outing from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Monday at Berry Hills Country Club in Charleston. For more information, call Cheryl King at 304-340-3527 ext. 1108.nn
YOUTH SOCCER: Fifty teams will compete in 16 different events at the West Virginia Soccer Association state championships this weekend at the YMCA Soccer Complex in Beckley.The state champions in boys and girls under-12 through under-19 will advance to the United States Youth Soccer Region I Championships in Kingston, R.I. June 27-July 2. Semifinal games will be held today with the championship games scheduled for Sunday.The Big Kick Soccer Camp runs June 10-14 in Charleston and June 17-21 in Teays Valley. Camps will run from 6 to 8 p.m. and the cost is $45 for the first child and siblings are $15. To register, visit www.RiverRidge.org. For more information, call 304-347-8585.