Ursinus to test WMC's chances for softball title

April 17, 1996|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Rick Belz contributed to this article.

The Western Maryland College softball team has had a share of the Centennial Conference title the past two seasons. This year, the Green Terror would like to have it all to itself.

The rest of the week will be a big indicator.

The Green Terror (18-3, 10-0 in CC) will travel to Dickinson (17-4-1, 6-2) tomorrow for two games before playing host to a pair against co-CC champ Ursinus (29-2, 10-0) on Saturday. Ursinus, which had 21 straight wins going into this week's play, plays two against Swarthmore today.

The Green Terror took four games over the weekend with doubleheader sweeps of Muhlenberg and Mary Washington.

Senior first baseman Kelli Bowen went 9-for-14 in the two days with six runs scored and six RBIs. She hit two homers in the 7-5 win over Muhlenberg to get things started on Saturday, including a game-winning two-run shot in the eighth.

For the season, Bowen is hitting .492, tops in the conference. She has 24 runs scored and 23 RBIs while batting seventh in the Green Terror order.

The Green Terror, which has averaged 8-plus runs a game this season, will see plenty of good pitching on Saturday with Ursinus relying on junior Janetta Trecroce and senior Kim Sammartino. Trecroce, a transfer from Rutgers, is 13-0 with a 0.89 ERA and Sammartino is 14-2 with a 1.34 ERA.

National Football Classic

Western Maryland seniors Brian Van Deusen and Joe Krcma competed in the National All-Stars Football Classic over the weekend in Louisville, Ky.

There were 192 players from Division I, I-AA, II and III colleges at the Classic. On Friday, there were scouting combines, followed by three practices. On Saturday, two games were played, with the players divided into four teams and every division represented on each of the teams.

Van Deusen, who set a number of passing records in his four-year career at quarterback for Western Maryland, and Krcma, an All-CC first team defensive tackle, played on the Red team that came away with a 31-7 win over the Blue squad.

Van Deusen was 10-for-16 for 218 yards and one touchdown with Krcma enjoying a fine game defensively.

"[Van Deusen and Krcma] lit it up," said Wayne Meredith, president of the Classic. "Brian had the best numbers of any of the quarterbacks."

Blanchette leads Salisbury

Salisbury State junior Candice Blanchette (South Carroll) leads the Sea Gulls' women's lacrosse team in scoring this season with 25 goals and nine assists in 10 games.

Her 35 points rank her seventh in the Capital Athletic Conference. Sophomore Laura Burkhouse (North Carroll) has six goals for the Sea Gulls (4-6).

Weather shortens schedules

It's midway through the season and the Carroll Christian baseball and softball teams have only one game in.

Both teams have lost five games to the bad weather and two of those will not be rescheduled. The baseball team, which travels to Faith Christian in Martinsburg, W.Va., tomorrow, is 1-0 after its 10-9, eight-inning win over Montrose Christian on March 26. The softball team, taking on Heritage Christian in Hagerstown tomorrow, is 0-1.

Both teams will be at home Friday to take on Grace Christian.

Liberty gets forfeit win

Glenelg's baseball team must forfeit its game against Liberty because one of its players cut a class the day of the game.

The March 25 game played at Liberty was suspended in the bottom of the sixth inning with Glenelg leading, 16-14. It was scheduled to be completed tomorrow.

The truant player, first baseman Ryan Riel, went 0-for-4 in the game, and was forced by Glenelg's administration to sit out the next game.


Liberty senior pitcher Daryl Knight summed up the early-season weather woes last Wednesday. With hail bouncing off his helmet in the on-deck circle in a game against Thomas Johnson, he smiled and said "This is insane."

The game was postponed in the bottom of the first.

Pub Date: 4/17/96

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