On Campus Notebook: Whitacre making impact for Highlanders

Adam Whitacre (Sherando ’15) is having a solid season on Radford University’s baseball team.

The sophomore is batting .247 (22-for-89) with one home run, three doubles, eight RBIs and 16 runs scored. Whitacre has drawn a team-best 12 walks and has stolen five bases in five attempts.

Whitacre has started all 24 games for the Highlanders.

Whitacre went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored on March 19 in an 11-5 victory over Rider. Whitacre went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored on Tuesday in a 4-3 victory over East Tennessee State.

On Mar. 21, Whitacre went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs and three runs scored in a 13-9 loss to Appalachian State. In his last seven games Whitacre is 10-for-27 (.370 batting average) with six runs scored and five RBIs.

The Highlanders are 11-13 this season, including 2-1 in the Big South Conference.

Sophomore surve: Ryan Smoot (Strasburg ’15) is making his mark on Virginia Military Institute’s baseball team this year.

The sophomore is batting .250 (7-for-28) with two doubles, three runs scored and five RBIs. He has played in 10 games and started eight of them.

On March 5, Smoot went 2-for-4 with three RBIs in a 13-8 victory over George Washington University. He also went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in a 13-7 victory over Quinnipiac on March 12.

On Mar. 25, Smoot went 2-for-5 with a double in a 4-1 win over The Citadel. He followed that up with a 1-for-3 performance in a 4-2 loss to The Citadel on Mar. 26. He had a double and a run scored in the contest.

The Keydets are 11-13 overall, including 1-2 in the Southern Conference.

Backing it up: After having a strong freshman season, Carly Nixon (Sherando ’15) is on her way to another big year for Potomac State College’s softball team.

Nixon is hitting .356 (16-for-45) with seven runs scored, six RBIs and a team-best six doubles. She has started in all 12 games for the Catamounts. Her 16 hits are fourth on the team.

On March 26, she went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI in a 12-2 victory over Community College of Baltimore County-Dundalk.

In a doubleheader against Hagerstown Community College on March 23, Nixon had two big games. In the first game Nixon went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. The Catamounts won the game, 11-6.

In the second game, a 9-3 victory, Nixon went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two doubles.

She was also playing against two former Sherando teammates — Madison Clark (Sherando ’16) and Niki Marshall (Sherando ’16). Clark went a combined 2-for-6 with one RBI and one run scored in the doubleheader, while Marshall was 2-for-7.

The Catamounts are 8-4 this season.

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