(sportsnetwork.com) Pavin Smith's three RBI and a strong start from Brandon Waddell enabled Virginia to end the ACC's 50-year title drought at the College World Series with a 4-2 win over defending champion Vanderbilt in Wednesday's deciding Game 3. Smith belted a two-run homer and laced a single that snapped a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning to help Virginia secure its first-ever national title.
The United States Basketball Writers Association and the University of North Carolina jointly announced the creation of an award to honor the late Dean Smith, former Emporian, coaching legend and former Tar Heels basketball coach. The Dean Smith Award will be presented annually to an individual in college basketball who embodies the spirit and values represented by Smith. Candidates for the award will include coaches and non-coaches, both male and female, from all divisions of the NCAA and NAIA.
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3 Emporia State track and field athletes have been named Cosida Capital One Academic All-Americans. Payson Maydew is a first team selection, Donald Wilcox is a second team selection and Peyton Weiss is a third team selection.
The Kansas City Royals had the bases loaded and no outs in the first inning but were unable to score and were shutout by the Seattle Mariners 7-0 Tuesday night.
Frank Mason scored 28-points to lead Kansas and Team USA to a 91-83 win over Team Canada Tuesday night in a exhibition game before the World University games. (Photo courtesy KUAthletics/Jeff and Laura Jacobsen)
(sportsnetwork.com) Joe Blanton allowed two hits over six-plus innings, Alcides Escobar had three hits with one RBI and the Kansas City Royals beat the Seattle Mariners 4-1 in the opener of a three-game series on Monday night.
Former Emporia State outfielder Justin Harris has signed with the Florence Freedom of the Frontier League. He is the third member of the 2015 Hornet baseball team to sign a professional contract. He joins Dean Long who was drafted by the Texas Rangers and is playing with the the Spokane Indians and Shawn Talkington who signed with the Wichita Wingnuts last week.
Emporia State softball player Taylor Zordel is one of 480 female student-athletes nominated for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year award. The Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.