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COLLEGE BASEBALL
Series sweep places Panthers at regionals’ doorstep
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By STEVEN MARSH - Sports Editor

FERRUM -- The scoreboard watching started early Saturday and it will continue this weekend.

That's because Ferrum College's baseball team has placed itself in a position to win its first USA South Athletic Conference championship and claim an NCAA Division III regional tournament berth for the first time since 2007.

The Panthers are at the doorstep of postseason regional play because of their 4-3 league victory over Piedmont (Ga.) College on Senior Day at W.B. Adams Field which gave Ferrum a 3-0 series sweep of the Lions.

Conference rival Maryville (Tenn.) College gets an assist because of the Scots' 2-1 series triumph over Covenant (Ga.) College.

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COLLEGE BASEBALL
Weaver fires no-hit shutout for Ferrum
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FERRUM -- Ferrum College freshman righthander Dillon Weaver tossed a no-hit shutout Friday as the Panthers blanked Piedmont (Ga.) College 4-0 to take the second game of a three-game USA South Athletic Conference series at W.B. Adams Field.

Weaver (6-2) struck out seven and walked two. He faced 29 batters, two more than the minimum for a nine-inning game (27).

Ferrum's pitching staff has thrown three no-hitters this season; righthander Jake Perkins, the Panthers' No. 1 starter has tossed two.

The Panthers scored once in the first inning, twice in the sixth and once in the seventh.

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MEN'S COLLEGE LACROSSE
Panthers send their founders out with a win
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FERRUM -- Ferrum College netted 15 goals in first and fourth quarters Saturday en route to an 18-4 rout of Methodist (N.C.) University in a non-conference men's lacrosse match at W.B. Adams Field.

With the win, Ferrum (7-10) stops a two-match losing streak in its season finale -- the victory ends the Panthers' fourth intercollegiate campaign.

Twelve seniors, all of whom were freshman during the Panthers' inaugural season of 2011, were honored: Andrew Senft, Anthony Garcia, Kyle Downey, Dylan Burdick, Nathan Taylor, Damian Pulos, Glenn Cramer, Ryan Higgins, Ryan McCullough, Eddie Kurzenberger, Andy Wilson and Tyler Muckle.

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COLLEGE SOFTBALL
Panthers, Hornets split doubleheader
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FERRUM -- Ferrum College and Lynchburg College split a non-conference softball doubleheader Saturday at Franklin Community Bank Field.

The Panthers, playing their final home twinbill of the season, won the first game, 6-2, while the Hornets salvaged a split by taking the second contest, 3-2.

In the first game, Ferrum, which outhit Lynchburg 12-6, broke a 1-1 tie by scoring three runs in the bottom of the third inning.

Amanda Roberts provided the Panthers with all of their runs when she belted a three-run home run. Karly Thompson and Heather Mayberry scored ahead of Roberts' blast.

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HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
Bivens blanks error-prone Eagles 9-0

Standout righthander Blake Bivens limited Franklin County to two hits Friday night as George Washington-Danville blanked the Eagles 9-0 in a Piedmont District varsity baseball contest at W.W. Naff Jr. Field.

Danville's triumph is its second in as many days over FCHS (3-4 in the Piedmont District, 6-5 overall). On Thursday, GW edged the Eagles 4-3.

Prior to Friday's setback, its first shut-out loss of the season, all four of FCHS's defeats were in games decided by one run and two of those verdicts were rendered in extra innings.

Bivens, who is in his fourth varsity season and who has verbally committed to NCAA Division I Liberty University, struck out 12, walked one, hit a batter and was charged with a wild pitch in a complete-game showing. He threw 110 pitches, 76 of which were for strikes.

At least 10 professional scouts were in attendance to view Bivens' showing. He is expected to be selected in June's Major League Baseball amateur draft.

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HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
Last at-bat rally propels GW Danville

DANVILLE -- George Washington-Danville scored the game-winning run on a infield error with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning Thursday for a 4-3 Piedmont District varsity baseball victory over Franklin County at Dan Daniel Memorial Park.

Danville led 3-0, but FCHS rallied from that deficit to square the count with a run in the top of the seventh before falling in the last of that frame.

FCHS (3-3 in the Piedmont District, 6-4 overall) is 1-4 in one-run games this season and three of those one-run setbacks are in district play.

The Eagles' lone one-run win to date this season was their 2-1 non-district decision over Lord Botetourt in their season opener.

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SPORTS BRIEFS

Eagles shut out Danville in softball 10-0

Eagles' scoring spree continues with 8-0 win

Sarbin leads FCHS jayvees to league win

Eagles edge Danville in high-scoring match

Danville tops Eagles jayvees in league play

BFMS girls continue winning ways

BFMS boys suffer one-goal setback

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