UMBC's Shugars perfect with 4 HRs in 4 at-bats

April 15, 1993|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

The first, a three-run shot to right field that traveled 385 feet, came in the fifth inning of Game 1.

He walked in his last at-bat of Game 1 and his first of Game 2, but followed with a 400-foot blast to right-center with two on in the third inning. The two-run homer in the fifth inning took advantage of UMBC's small dimensions in left-center, but his final home run an inning later was back to right field.

That was four home runs in as many official appearances for UMBC first baseman Shawn Shugars on Tuesday. He drove in 11 runs in the doubleheader sweep of an overmatched Mount St. Mary's pitching staff, and the performance was hardly a fluke.

Shugars, a junior from Charlotte Hall in Southern Maryland who went to Chopticon High, was the first-team first baseman on the All-America team selected by the American Baseball Coaches Association last year, when he led the Retrievers to their first berth in the NCAA Division I tournament. He hit .426 with 10 home runs and 63 RBI, and was the East Coast Conference co-Most Valuable Player.

After concerns that poor playing conditions would put an early end to their playoff hopes, Towson State and UMBC have climbed to third and fifth in the Big South Conference, where they're 7-7 and 6-4, respectively. Total wins, and not winning percentage, will determine berths for the six-team tournament next month, and the Tigers and Retrievers have had more postponements and cancellations than anyone in the conference.

"It's conceivable that someone's not going to be in the postseason simply because they've played fewer games," Tigers coach Mike Gottlieb said. "Allowing conditions to dictate who gets in is questionable, but we knew the policy going in."

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournaments open today.

UMES and Coppin State finished second and third in the MEAC's North Division, and begin tournament play in Tallahassee, Fla. The Eagles are 6-20 overall, but they gave some bigger-name programs a game for the first time in years. Sophomore Adrian Price (Northwestern) has a 3-3 pitching record and a .284 batting average.

Bowie State won four of its last five to grab the second seed in the CIAA tournament in Norfolk, Va. Senior Wayne Fajerski (Brooklyn Park) has a .450 average, 11 home runs and 48 RBI, and Mike Motta (Meade), the Division II batting champ in 1991, has a .378 average, 18 RBI.

Leger at NCAA gymnastics

Towson State freshman Carrie Leger will compete in the all-around at the NCAA women's gymnastics championships at Oregon State tonight, and senior teammate Gabby Linarducci will be there as an alternate. Leger, whose senior year of high school in Vernon, Conn. was slowed by a back injury, advanced with a score of 38.275 at the Southeast Regional, a score bettered onlyby Wendy Weaver in Towson State's history.

Briefly

Maryland and Clemson will play their ACC baseball game Sunday (7:07 p.m.) at Memorial Stadium. . . . The Loyola women (7-4) are seeded second in the Colonial Athletic Association lacrosse tournament in Richmond, Va., this weekend, and they must win to keep alive any hope of reaching the NCAA tournament. With 19 goals and 27 assists, junior Erika Mawhorr (Severna Park) is the nation's top point-getter. . . . Besides serving as host of the baseball tournament, Florida A&M and Tallahassee will be the site of MEAC softball and tennis tournaments, and track and field championships this weekend. . . . The Big South tennis tournament is in Charleston, S.C., tomorrow and Saturday.

AWARDS

Baseball

UMBC: Sophomore Kevin Loewe (Perry Hall) was named the Pitcher of the Week in the Big South Conference. He threw a three-hitter, his fourth straight complete game, in a 2-1 victory over conference-leading Winthrop.

Men's lacrosse

St. Mary's: Senior goalie Greg Matthews was named the men's Athlete of the Month for March by the Capital Athletic Conference. He averaged 18.5 saves per game.

Women's swimming

Navy: Senior diver Heather Davies was named the Patriot League Scholar Athlete for Swimming and Diving. An Aerospace Engineering major and a battalion commander, Davies was third on the one-meter board at the league championships.

Women's tennis

Goucher: Goucher junior Betzy Weinblatt was named the women's Athlete of the Month for March by the Capital Athletic Conference. She had a 5-1 record at No. 4 singles, and a 5-2 record in doubles.

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