NCAA Div. I baseball tourney to feature several local players Notebook

May 27, 1993|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

The state didn't put anyone in the NCAA Division I baseball 48-team field, but some locals will play in the tournament.

North Carolina State is seeded No. 1 in the Mideast Regional, and the Wolfpack got another fine season from senior center fielder Robbie Bark (Randallstown). Bark is hitting .298 in the leadoff position, and he leads N.C. State with 15 doubles and 44 walks.

Ohio State sophomore Roy Marsh (Perry Hall), another leadoff-hitting center fielder, set a Buckeye record with 31 steals and tied the Big Ten record with 16. He's hitting .286.

Greg Deares (Archbishop Curley) helped UMBC to the 1992 tournament, then transferred to George Mason, which was the last team selected by the NCAA. The Colonial Athletic Association all-star first baseman, Deares is hitting .359 with six home runs and 51 RBI.

Statistics don't figure to improve for the national powers during the tournament, but UMES junior Ricky Farley (Mervo) will still have to wait to see if he wins the NCAA stolen-base title. He had 47 steals in 39 games, an NCAA-leading average of 1.21. Farley hit .328.

UMBC's Greg Elliott (Calvert Hall) stands second in the NCAA in doubles per game (0.53) and teammate Jay Witasick (C. Milton Wright) is third in strikeouts (12.3) per nine innings. Towson State's Jay Logwood (Randallstown) and Joe Hughes (Calvert Hall) are third in home runs (.39 per game, 17 total)

and ERA (1.36), respectively.

Navy's Marcus Lee is third in RBI.

Large Division III contingent

Frostburg State's Kevin Kanyan (McDonough-Charles) had a bittersweet experience in a track and field meet last week.

Kanyan reached 218 feet, 8 inches in the javelin, the top effort in Division III this year, but he injured his arm on the throw and won't be able to compete in the NCAA championships, which started yesterday and conclude Saturday at Baldwin-Wallace in Berea, Ohio.

Even without Kanyan, the Bobcats will send seven people to the NCAAs. The 4x100-meter relay of junior Steve Forman (Francis Scott Key) and sophomores Chris McKinnon (Surrattsville), Germaine Norman (Northwestern-Prince George's) and Mike Alexander (High Point) has run 41.5, and Forman also is entered in the 100 and 200, where his bests are 10.78 and 21.71, respectively.

Briefly

Even though it didn't participate in any spring championships, Loyola used earlier titles in volleyball, men's soccer, golf and women's swimming to win the Commissioner's Cup in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. . . . Lou Sales of Essex Community College excelled at the national junior college track and field championships, running 46.30 in the open 400 and leading the Knights to a 3:11.43 clocking in the 4x400 relay, both state-leading times.

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