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Trussell stifles Cavaliers in JMU win

James Madison freshman righthander Mike Trussell dazzled the Cavaliers yesterday at the U.Va. Baseball Field, allowing only six hits en route to a complete game 3-1 victory against Virginia.

David Stone's RBI fielder's choice gave the Cavs (19-25-1, 7-11 ACC) an unearned run and a quick lead in the third inning.

Mark Hurrie and Alexander Starr combined to shut down the Dukes (30-15) for most of the game, but JMU tied the game in the eighth and scraped together two runs in the top of the ninth. Trussell slammed the proverbial door on any Virginia rally hopes by striking out three of the last four Cavalier batters.

Netting awards

The Cavalier women's lacrosse team bowed out of the ACC Tournament in the first round Friday, but Virginia attacker Jamie Haas and goalkeeper Frances Segarra were named to the All-Tournament team Sunday.

Haas, a redshirt junior, had a hat trick in Friday's 8-6 loss to No. 1 Maryland. Her second and third goals came in a three-goal rally by the Cavs that sliced the Terp lead to one with four minutes remaining.

Segarra made nine saves Friday as the No. 8 Cavaliers held the potent Maryland offense to eight goals, fewer than half the Terrapin season average of 17.7. Terp attacker Jen Adams earned tourney MVP honors, but Segarra and the Virginia defense held her to only two goals and one assist.

Former Cav hoops star acquitted

Othell Wilson, who led the Cavalier basketball program to national prominence alongside Ralph Sampson in the early 1980s, was acquitted Friday of charges that he kidnapped and raped his former girlfriend in September.

Wilson, now the head coach at St. Mary's College in Maryland, was placed on paid leave by the school after the charges were filed in the fall. School officials plan to meet with the 38-year-old Wilson to determine his future, The Associated Press reported.

"I'm very elated," Wilson told The Associated Press. "Obviously, the evidence proves that I was not guilty. It's what I've been saying all along."

Wilson's 20-year-old ex-girlfriend testified that he threatened to kill her and choked her repeatedly. She also said he raped her and held her at his home for two days.

"Evidently, the jury thinks the evidence is indicative of a normal relationship," the woman said. "That's very sad to me."

Flying the coop

Lenny Wilkens, who has won more games than any coach in NBA history, stepped down yesterday as coach of the Atlanta Hawks after the worst season of his 27-year career.

Wilkens, the second person elected to the NBA Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach, had two years remaining on his contract but resigned after piloting the Hawks to a 28-54 record this season, their worst since moving to Atlanta in 1968.