Alumni Update: Crabtree advances to Round of 32 in NCAA Tournament with Richmond

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Updated: March 23, 2022

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Connor Crabtree: Crabtree became the first former Orange basketball player to play in an NCAA Tournament game since 1996 last week. Crabtree played in 13 minutes as the Spiders upset Iowa, the Big 10 Tournament champions, 67-63 in the opening round of the Midwest Regional in Buffalo. Crabtree played 13 minutes and grabbed a rebound. On Saturday, Providence ended the Spiders’ season 79-51. In his final game of the year, Crabtree played three minutes. Richmond ends the year the Atlantic 10 Tournament champions for the 2nd time (they played in the Colonial Athletic Association from 1979-2001) with a record of 24-13. The last player from Orange High to play for a victorious team in the NCAA Tournament was Constance Poteat when the N.C. State women’s basketball team defeated Montana 77-68 in Tuscaloosa, AL on March 15, 1996.

Joey Berini: The East Carolina baseball team dropped two out of three games against the College of Charleston last weekend at Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant, SC. On Saturday, the Cougars edged the Pirates 4-3. Berini entered the game as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning and remained in the game to play 2nd base. On Sunday, the Cougars defeated the Pirates 10-3. Berini went 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter.

Phillip Berger: Berger had a no-decision in William Peace’s 11-10 loss to Methodist University at Armstrong-Shelly Stadium last Friday. Berger threw seven innings and struck out six. He gave up seven runs on ten hits with one walk. Peace is now 11-9, 1-2 in the USA South Athletic Conference.

Will Walker: The Pitt Community College baseball team had a weekend sweep if Bryant & Stratton Community College in Winterville. On Friday, the Bulldogs defeated the Bobcats 15-14. Walker singled in the eighth inning and eventually scored the go-ahead run off a wild pitch. He went 1-for-4 with an RBI. On Saturday, Pitt defeated Bryant & Stratton 10-3 in seven innings. Walker hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning to put the Bulldogs ahead by eight runs. In the bottom of the third, Walker led off with a single and he scored off a home run by Hunter Zents. On Sunday, Pitt completed the sweep with a 5-3 win. Walker, who started at first base, went 1-for-4. Pitt Community College is 14-4 overall, 10-4 in Region X of the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Mia Davidson: It was a gratifying weekend for the Mississippi State softball team, which swept in-state rival Ole Miss in a three-game set. On Friday, the Bulldogs edged the Rebels 9-8 at Nusz Park in Starkville, MS. Davidson went 0-for-2. Mississippi State defeated Ole Miss 7-3 on Saturday. Davidson went 0-for-1, but she scored twice after she walked once and was hit by a pitch twice. The Bulldogs completed the sweep with a 6-0 win on Sunday. Davidson went 0-for-2. It was the first time Mississippi State swept Ole Miss since 2013.

Tori Dalehite: The UNC Greensboro softball team defeated the Charlotte 49ers 8-1 at Daughtridge Stadium in Charlotte last Tuesday. Dalehite started in right field and went 0-for-3. On Sunday, Dalehite started in right field as the Spartans defeated Elon 10-9 in eight innings at UNCG Softball Stadium. She went 0-for-3 with a run scored in the sixth inning, as the Spartans rallied from a 4-0 deficit to salvage a game in the three-game set. UNCG is 17-10 and will start its Southern Conference schedule against Mercer this weekend.

Grace Andrews: The Catawba Valley Community College softball team has won 14 in a row. On Friday, the Red Hawks swept a doubleheader from Herkimer College. In the opening game, which CVCC won 3-2 in Hickory, Andrews started at second base and went 0-for-3. Catawba Valley captured the nightcap 3-0. Andrews went 0-for-2. On Saturday, the Red Hawks swept a doubleheader against Fayetteville Technical Community College. In the opening 10-0 win in five innings, Andrews went 1-for-1 with a RBI off a sacrifice bunt. Andrews went 2-for-3 in the nightcap as Catawba Valley won 14-3. Andrew finished 2-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI double in the third inning. Catawba Valley is 19-1, 8-0 in Region X.

Jaden Hurdle: The Patrick & Henry Community College softball team defeated Richard Bland College 4-2 on Sunday in Prince George County, VA. Hurdle went 0-for-4. Richard Bland defeated Patrick & Henry 10-6 in the second game of the doubleheader. Hurdle went 1-for-3. She also started as pitcher and threw four innings with four strikeouts.

Jamar Davis: The N.C. State track & field team started its outdoor season at the Black & Gold Invitational in Orlando over the weekend. Davis set a personal record in the long jump at 7.63 meters. He finished in 2nd place behind his teammate, Von Douglas.

Dylan Boyer: The Division II Queen’s University men’s lacrosse team defeated Mars Hill 26-5 at the Queen’s Sports Complex on Saturday. Boyer entered the game as a reserve in the second half.

Jaylin Jones: The Division III Pfeiffer men’s lacrosse team defeated William Peace 17-13 in its USA South Athletic Conference opener in Cary on Saturday. Jones entered the game as a reserve and had a ground ball. The Falcons are 5-1.

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