A new era begins in College Park today, when Tom Bradley sends out his first University of Maryland baseball team. Bradley, formerly at Jacksonville University, was named head coach last year, succeeding Jack Jackson, who retired after his 30th season.
Maryland will open its season against Catholic University at Shipley Field at 3 p.m.
Bradley has been working with a squad of 28, headed by six returning field players and six pitchers from a team that went 22-26-1. One statistic he would like to improve was last year's record against Atlantic Coast Conference teams, 2-15, plus two losses in the postseason tournament.
The field holdovers are catcher Cary Dimmick, the infield of Chris Smoot at first, Kenny Noe at second, Todd Nutter at shortstop, and Drew Johnson at third, plus outfielder Brett McGonigal.
Craig Johnson, Matt Baumann and Dave Mysel, 6-foot-5 right-handers, are the tallest pitchers and are joined by right-handers Ed Ferko, John Rayne and Charles Devereux.
Maryland starts its ACC schedule with three games at North Carolina State beginning Friday.
... Johns Hopkins, with three individuals and three relay teambettering national qualifying standards, won the men's swimming and diving championships of the eight-school University Athletic Association in Rochester, N.Y. It was the team's fourth consecutive UAA title and, including the Middle Atlantic Conference, the school's 21st consecutive conference crown.
In the women's meet, Emory halted a two-year reign by Johns Hopkins with a 857 1/2 -752 victory.
... Sophomore Rob Newman was named the outstanding malswimmer for the second year in a row as he won three events and led Western Maryland to a seventh-place finish at the 44th annual Middle Atlantic Conference championships at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania.
Gettysburg won the men's and women's team titles.