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Pirates play the long game at MEAC Softball Championship

Longest game in a quarter of a century.

Courtesy: Hampton Pirates

Pirates play the long game at MEAC Softball Championship

Record-setting day for Hampton

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – Twenty innings of softball later on a warm Thursday in the 2018 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament, Hampton advances in the elimination bracket with a pair of wins.

In the longest game in the last 25 years for Hampton, a one-out single by Sarah Kollas plated Cassidy Blackwell with the winning run as Hampton took a 4-3 win in 13 innings over Coppin State.

The nightcap saw Allie Hotetz throw a complete game as Hampton scored two in the fifth and one in the seventh to eliminate Morgan State 5-3.

Courtesy: Hampton Athletics

NCCU Softball Eliminates Lady Tigers, 1-0

Senior pitcher Courtney Mirabella hurled her second shutout of the day in leading North Carolina Central University to a narrow 1-0 win over Savannah State University in an elimination game of the 2018 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Softball Championship Tournament Thursday evening.

The Lady Eagles, who are seeded fourth from the Southern Division, improved to 19-25 overall. The 19 wins are a new NCAA Division I school record.

NCCU will next play No. 2 North seeded Hampton University in another elimination game on Friday at 3 p.m. If they win that game, they will play another game 30 minutes after that contest for a chance to play in the Championship game(s) on Saturday.

Courtesy: NCCU Athletics

Varmah Homer Lifts FAMU Past Morgan State, 2-1

Freshman third baseman Hera Varmah belted a leadoff solo homer in the top of the seventh to vault the Florida A&M Women’s Softball team past Morgan (Md.) State, 2-1, in the second round of the 2018 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Softball Championship at the Ormond Beach Sports Complex.

FAMU (22-27) advances to Friday’s 12 Noon winner’s Bracket final, where they will duel archrival Bethune-Cookman, a 3-2 winner over Savannah State, for a trip to Saturday’s championship round.

Courtesy: FAMU Athletics

Jackson Walk-Off Lifts BCU softball Past SSU 3-2 In MEAC

We had the Ryan Jackson Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament walk-off moment Thursday.

The two-time MEAC Player Of The Year’s seventh-inning deep drive to the left field fence scored Cheyenne Smith and gave Bethune-Cookman a 3-2 victory over Savannah State at Ormond Beach Sports Complex.

The Wildcats (29-24) will face – who else? — arch-rival Florida A&M Friday at noon for a berth in the finals. If they lose, they’ll return at 5 p.m. to play either Hampton or North Carolina Central for the other berth in Saturday’s final, needing two games to win.

Courtesy: Bethune-Cookman Athletics

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