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April 26, 1992

Gerring suffers burn at Sara Lee, is stable

LPGA Tour golfer Cathy Gerring was burned yesterday afternoon when a flame from an alcohol burner shot across a buffet table as she waited in line, said officials of the Sara Lee Classic in Nashville, Tenn.

Gerring, who had just finished second-round play, was taken by helicopter to the burn unit at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, tournament director Clyde Russell Jr. said.

Vanderbilt spokeswoman Barb Cramer said Gerring was in stable condition in the burns intensive care unit. She suffered first and second degree burns on her face and hands, Cramer said.

The accident occurred when a chef poured more alcohol into a burner unit that had gone out.

* Congressional Country Club used a 3-0 sweep by the team of Matt and Clay Fitzgerald at the Country Club of Maryland as a springboard to a 10 1/2 -7 1/2 victory in the championship pairing of the annual team matches of the Maryland State Golf Association. The Washington pair defeated Jackie Rites-Charlie Harris.

Congressional, winning for the third time in four years and ninth overall, won 6-3 at home and split 4 1/2 -4 1/2 on the road to earn the decision. CC Maryland, the all-time champion with 10 titles lost for the fourth time (1982, 1985, and 1988) since last winning in 1972.

Matt Fitzgerlad almost aced the 182-yard 17th, then dropped a two-foot putt to close out the match. For CC Maryland, Scott Hargest, who lost his side the 15th hole when he ruled his putt had moved at address, came back to birdie the 16th and 18th holes (from three inches) to halve that nine for what appeared to be a critical half-point at that time.

Pro football

San Antonio quarterback Mike Johnson threw for one second-quarter score and safety Chris Oldham returned an interception for another to lead the Riders (5-1) to a 17-14 win over visiting Birmingham (3-2-1) in a World League football game.

* Joe Howard Johnson, had nine catches for 156 yards and two touchdowns, one a "Hail Mary" from Scott Mitchell at the end of the first half, as the visiting Orlando Thunder (5-1) posted a 38-0 victory over the Frankfurt Galaxy (2-4). Johnson is on loan from the Washington Redskins, Mitchell from the Miami Dolphins.

College baseball

Jeff Banks singled home the winning run with two out in the eighth inning to give Towson State (21-16-1, 7-3) a 4-3 victory over Brooklyn College (8-14, 3-8) and a sweep of their East Coast Conference doubleheader at Burdick Field. Rob Lynch pitched a four-hit 7-1 triumph in the first game.

A five-run Towson State rally in the opener was highlighted by a two-run single from Jacen Martinez and a run-scoring triple by Steve Farling. In the second game, Rick Bagnasco had a two-run double in the first inning and Banks' game-winning single was his fourth hit of the day.

* At UMBC, the Retrievers (31-6, 9-2) extended their latest winning streak to 10 games with an East Coast Conference doubleheader sweep of Central Connecticut State (15-18, 5-5), 9-8 and 8-7. The 31 equals the school record for single-season wins. John Burns and Steve Koennel played key roles in both games. Burns hit a game-winning single in each both game and stopper Koennel got both wins in relief.

* At College Park, the University of Maryland (22-21-1, 7-12) swept Virginia (19-28, 3-19) in Atlantic Coast Conference action, 8-6 in completion of a game suspended by rain Friday, and 11-1 in a regularly scheduled game. Senior John Rayne (4-2) pitched a no-hitter in the second one, striking out three and walking none. Maryland hit three homers in the first game, and Derek Hacopian scored the winning run on an eighth inning wild pitch.

* At Salisbury, Steve Wooters' infield single scored Dave Harris to give Salisbury State (10-17) a 2-1 victory over Shenandoah (5-27) in the 11th inning of their first game. Dave Shull scored two runs and drove in two others, as Salisbury won the second game, 7-2, halted after six innings by darkness.

* Rory Conway singled home the winning run in the first game, and Joe Boan pitched a complete-game victory in the second, as Washington College (12-14, 6-4) swept visiting Widener in Middle Atlantic Conference Southeast action, 3-2 and 4-1. Keith Whiteford (Calvert Hall) went the distance in the opener.

* Gary Thomas' bases-loaded double drove in two runs to highlight a four-run second inning, as St. Mary's (9-16) stopped visiting Eastern Mennonite (11-11), 7-4. Bill Davis (7-2) pitched the seven-inning distance, allowing four hits. The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was rained out.

* At Dundalk, Jeremy Benson's sacrifice fly in the sixth inning enabled Dundalk Community College (19-14) to nip Garrett CC (18-14), 1-0. Kevin Rexrode pitched a four-hitter for the winners.

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