Hopkins makes bid for NCAAs

April 30, 1993|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

The baseball season is over for some state teams, but Johns Hopkins can extend its schedule by winning the Middle Atlantic Conference tournament tomorrow. Even if the 23-6 Blue Jays don't win the MAC, they still might get their third bid in the past five years to the NCAA Division III tournament.

Coach Bob Babb's team goes to RiverSide Stadium in Harrisburg, Pa., as the eight-time champion of the MAC Southeast Section.

The Blue Jays' pitching staff features seniors Joe Tortorello and Matt Menz and junior Ryan Rippin, who are a combined 19-4. Tortorello, the regular right fielder, has a .407 batting average, and Menz, the regular first baseman, is at .362 with a team-leading 37 RBI, so Rippin figures to get the start against Lebanon Valley in tomorrow's semifinals.

A right-hander who played at Gilman, Rippin is 6-2.

Unless they get some help, this weekend could be the last for Navy and coach Joe Duff, who's retiring after 32 seasons. The Mids, who are trying to hold off Bucknell in the Southern Division of the Patriot League, finish the regular season by playing Bowie State at Memorial Stadium tomorrow (5:30 p.m., after the Bowie Baysox game) and Catholic at Joe Cannon Stadium on Sunday.

With 1.57 RBI per game, Navy junior first baseman Marcus Lee entered the week second in the nation. Towson State junior Joe Hughes (Calvert Hall) and UMBC sophomore Kevin Loewe (Perry Hall) ranked sixth and seventh in ERA with marks of 1.40 and 1.44, respectively. The Retrievers have climbed to second and the Tigers, who are home against Campbell this weekend, third in the Big South Conference.

Maryland goes into its weekend series at Shipley Field against No. 4Florida State with a 4-15 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but the Terps have beaten then-No. 1 Georgia Tech and then-No. 16 Clemson. The Terps' leading hitter is freshman Steve Neuberger (Severna Park).

First try at Patriots

Conflicts with the Heptagonals, their traditional venue, have kept Navy's running teams away from Patriot League championships the past two years, but the Mids will make their debut in their home league at this weekend's track and field gathering at Bucknell. Navy is still aiming for the Heptagonals next weekend at Brown, but the men might have enough depth to rule the Patriot League, anyway.

Navy and everyone else in the state is beginning a monthlong push to qualify for the NCAA championships in June. Coppin State, Maryland and Morgan State will join a small but select field at the George Mason Invitational tomorrow and Sunday.

There are two Division III championship meets this weekend, the Middle Atlantic Conference going at Swarthmore and the Mason-Dixons at Salisbury State.

AWARDS

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Men's lacrosse North Carolina: Senior attackman Dan Levy (City) was named Player of Week in Atlantic Coast Conference. He was MVP of conference tournament.

Princeton: Junior goalie Scott Bacigalupo (St. Paul's) was named Player of Week in Ivy League. He made 16 saves -- eight in fourth quarter -- in 13-8 win over Cornell. Bacigalupo is giving up 6.83 goals per game.

Softball

Towson State: Sophomore outfielder Mindy Mangel, freshman pitcher-infielder Jen Weaver (Elkton) and freshman shortstop Courtney McClelland (Dulaney) were named to Big South all-tournament team.

Men's tennis Frostburg State: Lonnie Athey was named Coach of Year in Eastern States Athletic Conference.

Salisbury State: Ken Soliday (Bowie) was named Player of Year in Eastern States Athletic Conference.

General

Johns Hopkins: Baseball player Matt Menz and swimmer Eric Steidinger received C. Gardner Mallonee Award, given to male who has made most outstanding contribution in athletics, at university's senior awards dinner last night. Basketball and track and field standout Sylke Knuppel (Glenelg) received Catherine P. Cramer Award, given to female who has made most outstanding contribution in athletics. Football player Jim Dietz received Robert H. Scott Award, given to senior who has demonstrated excellence in athletics, scholarship and extracurricular participation. Football player Tom Baugher received Dr. William Howard Award, given to senior who has excelled both as a scholar and athlete. Football player Dan Flynn received Larry Goldfarb Award, given to a senior for outstanding service.

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