By Tommy Keeler Jr.
Nicole King (Warren County '12) is off to a great start for New Haven University this season.
The sophomore pitcher is 7-1 with a 1.50 ERA. King has pitched 56 innings, earning eight starts this season. She has allowed 27 hits, striking out 57 with 26 walks. Opposing teams are hitting .145 against her.
On Sunday, King pitched her third complete game shutout of the season in a 6-0 win over Stonehill. King carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning. She struck out five and threw 97 pitches, allowing just three hits.
On March 20, King threw a complete game two-hitter in a 5-0 victory over Sioux Falls. The game was part of the NTC Spring Games held in Clermont, Fla. She had seven strikeouts in the victory.
The Chargers are 12-3 this season, including 4-1 in the Northeast-10 Conference.
HIGHLANDER COMBO: Phillip Hovatter (Stonewall Jackson '10) and Ryan Farnan (Millbrook '11) have Radford's men's track team off to a strong start.
Hovatter and Farnan had solid results in the Highlanders' first two meets.
On March 15 in the Coastal Carolina Invitational, Hovatter finished 11th in the 110 hurdles in a time of 17.40. Hovatter just missed placing in the finals in the pole vault. He also finished 42nd in the discus with a throw of 104-01. Farnan placed fourth in the 5,000 meter run in a time of 14:59.57.
Also in that meet, UNC-Asheville's Rachel Carson (James Wood '10) was fifth in the 5,000 meter run in a time of 18:42.12.
On March 22 in the Virginia Cup at U.Va., Farnan finished third in the 1,500 meters in a time of 4:00.06. He placed fourth in the 3,000 meters in a time of 8:50.95. Winning the 3,000 meters was the University of Virginia's Thomas Madden (Skyline'13) in a time of 8:35.23.
Hovatter was fourth in the javelin with a throw of 144-08, and 10th in the discus with a throw of 108-11.
Radford's Katy Harriman (Warren County '13) just missed qualifying for the finals in the high jump.
FRESHMAN FORCE: Sarah Beamer (Skyline '13) is having a very good freshman season at U.Va.-Wise.
Beamer is hitting .357 (10-for-28) for the Cavaliers this season, which is fifth on the team. She has started 10 games and played in 16 of the team's 21 contests.
Beamer is second on the team with three home runs and has 12 RBIs. She also has four doubles, and leads the team in slugging percentage at .821.
She also started two games on the circle and has a 0-1 record.
Beamer had her best games against Johnson C. Smith on March 13 in a doubleheader. In the first game, she went 2-for-4 with two homers and four RBIs in a 15-5 win. In the second game, she went 3-for-4 with one homer two runs scored and four RBIs in a 14-0 win.
On March 22 against Shepherd University, Beamer went 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI in a 12-3 win.
The Cavaliers are 15-6, including 2-0 in the Mountain East.
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