On Campus: Smith finishes with a flourish

Jacob Smith (Strasburg ’15) finished his freshman year on the University of Virginia’s College at Wise golf team in strong fashion.

Smith finished tied for 15th in the Mountain East Conference Spring Championship on Tuesday. Smith and his teammate Cody Large were among a group of seven players who finished with a two-day total of 164 at the tournament held at Stonewall Jackson Resort in Roanoke, West Virginia.

Smith shot an 82 both days on the Par 72 course. U.Va.-Wise  finished eighth in the 12-team tourney with a score of 688. The University of Charleston won the tournament with a 627.

On April 4, Smith led the Cavaliers with a two-day score of 151, nine shots over par, in the Oglebay Resort Intercollegiate in Wheeling, West Virginia. The tournament was hosted by West Liberty University.

Smith finished tied for 15th in the tournament. The Cavaliers finished 11th as a team. Indiana University of Pennsylvania won the team title. Smith shot a 76 on the first day, and a 75 on the second day.

Historical strikeout: Nicole King (Warren County ’12) reached career strikeout No. 500 for the University of New Haven’s softball team on April 6.

The senior pitcher became the third player in the program’s history to reach 500 strikeouts when she struck out the first batter she faced against Southern Connecticut State. King struck out seven in the game. The Chargers won the game, 7-5.

For the season, King has 97 strikeouts in 76.1 innings. She has a 1.74 ERA for the Chargers in 13 games and a 4-4 record.

King struck out a season-high 13 batters on March 26 against American International in a 12-2 victory. She also had 10 strikeouts on March 22 against Pace University, and 11 strikeouts against Southern Connecticut State on March 30.

Central standouts: Lynchburg College’s Tristan Lucy-Speidel (Central ’15) and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Travis Cooper (Central ’14) are having solid freshman campaigns for their track teams.

Lucy-Speidel finished second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Roanoke Track and field Invitational on April 2. Lucy-Speidel finished in a time of 10:22.09. He also placed ninth in the 1,500 meter run with a time of 4:26.51.

Lynchburg College won the men’s 10-team meet with 121.50 points.

Cooper placed 17th in the discus for VCU with a throw of 121-01 in the Colonial Relays held at William & Mary on March 31-April 2. VCU’s men’s team finished 14th in the 44-team meet.

Cooper placed 13th in the discus in the Fred Hardy Invitational on March 25-26 at the University of Richmond with a throw of 39.26 meters.

Cooper also finished fourth in the discus in VCU’s home track meet — VCU Rams Invitational — on March 19. Cooper threw a 38.45 meters.

Tops in the region: Shepherd University’s John Bentley (Sherando ’13) has been named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Atlantic Region Pitcher of the Week for his performance last week.

Bentley went 2-0 last week with two complete games. He struck out six, allowing just one earned run in a 10-1 victory over Concord University on April 4.

Just six days later, he threw a complete game shutout. Bentley allowed just four hits and struck out eight in a 4-0 victory over Urbana University.

For the season, Bentley is 4-2 with a 293 ERA. He has started six games and has struck out 42 with 15 walks. The Rams are 19-9 on the season.

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com