Marsh keeps Buckeyes rolling

April 28, 1994|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Sun Staff Writer

Roy Marsh spent two All-Metro seasons patrolling the outfield for Perry Hall High School. He has shown no signs of a letdown at Ohio State.

The Buckeyes, ranked 10th by USA Today, are rolling along with a 30-6 record, which includes a league-leading 13-2 mark against the Big Ten. They owe much of their good fortune to Marsh, their 5-foot-8, 180-pound junior center fielder.

Last year, Marsh played a key role in Ohio State's Big Ten title and 44-19 finish by hitting .289 with seven homers, 31 RBIs and a school-record 32 stolen bases. That was enough to warrant preseason Big Ten Player of the Year honors two months ago.

As the Buckeyes' leadoff hitter for the second straight season, Marsh has refined his offensive game this spring. He is hitting .388 and has struck out only 17 times in 129 at-bats. Last season, Marsh struck out 45 times in 211 at-bats.

Marsh leads the Buckeyes in runs scored (44) and steals (23), with the bulk of his production coming after a 6-for-28 start that included no extra-base hits. Since that early slide, Marsh has hit .436 in his last 29 games, with three home runs, seven doubles and three triples among his 44 hits. His on-base average is .477.

Marsh also has been strong defensively, making only two errors in 63 chances.

He probably will enter Major League Baseball's amateur free-agent draft on June 2.

Gulls tennis coach retires

Salisbury State tennis coach Dean Burroughs walked off the court for the final time last week, and Burroughs departed in customary fashion -- as a winner. The Sea Gulls beat Rowan College, 5-1, to finish with an 11-4 record and their 15th winning season in 16 years.

Burroughs retires after 21 seasons with a career record of 289-108, a .728 winning percentage.

Towson gets a track champ

Until last week, Towson State's track and field team had never produced a Big South champion. Then, along came Tom Burgoon.

Burgoon, a junior from Loyola High School, won the 800-meter title in 1:51.66, not far off his school record of 1:51.2. His performance was the highlight of the men's team's fourth-place finish at the Big South Championships at Liberty University.

Burgoon is undefeated this spring in five 800-meter runs.

Knights move up in poll

The Montgomery College baseball team has moved up to No. 15 in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I poll. The Knights (19-5) can point to the stingy ways of pitchers Keith Cassady and Justin Kreider as two reasons for the surge. They have combined to go 8-0 with eight complete games in eight starts.

Kreider is 5-0 with a 1.29 ERA and has surrendered 14 hits in 35 2/3 innings while recording 33 strikeouts. Cassady has been a tad more brilliant. In 39 1/3 innings, he has given up 18 hits and seven walks while striking out 42. His ERA is 0.69.

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