This weekend will see the baseball team play four games, while the golf team heads to Lynchburg for the Lynchburg College Invitational.
On the diamond, the baseball team will host four games over the next three days starting this evening at 5:30 pm when they start a three-game set with fellow United States Collegiate Athletic Association member College of St. Joseph's (VT). They will play the Fighting Saints tonight at 5:30 pm, Friday at 2pm and Saturday at 10 am.
The Fighting Saints are in town for a southern swing and will have already played three games, including two on Thursday, before facing the Builders. College of St. Joseph's plays many games in the fall and are currently 18-11 overall, while 2-9 in in the spring. Jordan Matos leads the team in batting at .500, while Tommy Grant and Eddie O'Donnell are next at .375 and .333 respectively. On the mound, Bill Brancatella leads the team in strikeouts (20) and sports a 2-1 record with a 4.24 ERA.
The Builders will also face Tufts University on Saturday afternoon at 4 pm. The Jumbos, who annually start their season with a swing through Virginia and North Carolina, are 4-3 with a game at Lynchburg on Thursday afternoon before coming back to Newport News. Tufts started their road swing here last weekend with a pair of wins over Castleton State College and Saint Vincent College.
Apprentice School enters this weekend with an 8-7 record after losing 10-1 to nationally-ranked Salisbury University on Tuesday. Mark Labrador and Ryan Hendrickson share the team lead in batting average at .490 respectively. Brock Harris follows them at .379 and Lee Rossi is next at .365. On the mound, Jonathan Long is 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA and Mike Brumfield is 1-1 with a 1.59 ERA and leads with 23 strikeouts. Taylor Gomer is also 2-1 on the year and is right behind Brumfield in strikeouts with 21.
On the links this weekend, the Builders travel to Amherst County, Va. to participate in the Lynchburg College Invitational on Sunday and Monday. A 10-school field will play at Poplar Grove Golf Course with SUNY Delhi, Christopher Newport University, Shepherd University and Washington & Lee University joining Lynchburg, Bluefield State, Eastern Mennonite University, Marymount University, William Peace University and the Builders.