Chrismon's dominant outing, Weaver's 3-for-3 day powers Christopher Newport
WILSON, N.C. -- Led by the efforts of Austin Chrismon, Christopher Newport (28-9-1) breezed into the second round of its conference tournament with a 6-1 win against Greensboro (15-23). Chrismon (7-3) tossed six scoreless innings and Justin Weaver went 3-for-3 with a two-run home run to lead the way for CNU on Thursday.
The Captains jumped on Greensboro starter John Atkins and held on to advance in the championship bracket.
Senior Christopher McDougal led off with a triple to right-center field. The nation's leading run producer, Weaver, delivered a double to plate the game's first run. After a pair of outs, freshman Kyle Corwin stepped in and singled to center field to score Weaver.
With a 2-0 lead, Chrismon went on a big run, retiring 11 batters in a row from the third to the sixth inning. He finished the game with two singles in six innings, striking out six batters. He picked up his seventh win of the year to tie for the national lead.
Offensively, CNU tacked on four more runs in the fourth and fifth innings to back Chrismon's start. Weaver led off the fourth with a double and came around to score on a single by Travis Younger. In the fifth, junior Billy Steel sent a two-out double to left-center field.
McDougal singled through the right side to score Steel, bringing up Weaver for his third at-bat. Already 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles, he fell behind 0-2 in the count, but fouled off seven pitches to run the count full. Atkins tried to beat Weaver inside, but he connected on a two-run homer to right-center field, giving CNU a 6-0 edge.
Chrismon was relieved by senior Richard Lindsay in the seventh. Greensboro got one run off Lindsay. He escaped a bases-loaded jam without any further damage, though, striking out Jordan Powell. In the eighth, senior lefty Matt Verdillo pitched an uneventful frame, striking out one and allowing just one walk. With a 6-1 lead, sophomore Adam Emerson pitched the ninth, striking out a pair and getting an infield fly out to secure the win.
Weaver finished out the day with a 3-for-3 performance, adding a walk in his fourth plate appearance. He had three runs scored and three RBIs to lead an offense that had six extra-base hits on the day. Steel had a pair of doubles, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. McDougal's triple was part of a 2-for-4 effort with two runs scored and an RBI.
Four different Greensboro players registered a hit in the game, all singles. Steven Pfeiffer singled and scored in the seventh to lead the way.