Christ gives Johns Hopkins lift in RBIs and average Junior fourth and fifth in Division III statistics

May 07, 1998|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

It has been a memorable baseball season for Johns Hopkins junior pitcher and center fielder John Christ.

A Division III All-American candidate, he has gone on a school record-breaking hitting tear that has led the Blue Jays to a school-record 35 wins with two losses in the regular season, which ended last Sunday.

Christ ranks fourth in the NCAA Division III national stats with 71 RBIs and fifth in batting average at .510.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound slugger has also hit 16 home runs this season, scored 60 runs, had 74 hits, 14 doubles, 140 total bases, a .966 slugging percentage and stole 18 bases in 18 attempts.

The home runs, RBIs, runs, hits and total bases are all Hopkins single-season records.

Christ has established school career records in home runs (31) and RBIs (153) and this spring became only the second player in Centennial Conference history to be a unanimous first-team all-conference selection three straight seasons.

He was also the Centennial Conference Player of the Year this season.

Frostburg State gets bid

The 28-6 Frostburg State baseball team has received a bid to the ECAC South Region tournament and will meet Albright (Pa.) College at 1 p.m. Saturday in the semifinals of the single elimination play at Allentown College.

The Bobcats are led by outfielder Pat Sweeney (.508 average) and shortstop Dave Carr, who has stolen 27 bases in 30 attempts.

It is the eighth ECAC tourney appearance in the past nine years for Frostburg, which still has hopes of receiving an NCAA Division III tournament invitation Sunday night.

Phil Caruso is the first-year coach of the Bobcats, replacing the retired Bob Wells, who had a 602-327-4 record in 30 seasons. Wells was recently honored as the 1997 Maryland College Coach of the Year by the Maryland Baseball Coaches Association in ceremonies at Camden Yards.

After his final season at Frostburg, Wells also was chosen as the NCAA Division III Independent Coach of the Year by the Louisville Slugger Company.

Arundel stars pace Towson

Four former Anne Arundel County high school standouts played a major role this season in Towson University's return to women's softball respectability with a 22-25 record.

Junior third baseman Chris Napora (Glen Burnie) and sophomore first baseman Kara Kitchen (Arundel High) were both chosen to the America East first team.

Napora hit .303, had six home runs and 26 RBIs, and Kitchen hit .298 and had a .991 fielding average.

Sophomore outfielder Jess Gibson (North County) served as co-captain of the team and hit .267, and freshman pitcher Kathleen O'Hara (Spalding) had a 10-8 record with 14 complete games, one shutout and a 2.86 earned run average.

A fifth Anne Arundel product, outfielder Ruth Wilson, missed all but the first five games of the season because of knee surgery.

Salisbury honors

The 1997 Salisbury State women's cross country team has won one of its biggest races without even going on the course.

The Sea Gulls posted the highest grade-point average of any Division III women's cross country team in the nation with a 3.823 mark.

Salisbury was one of 111 Division III women's teams which had a 3.0 average or better. The seven team members are Rebecca Bell, Kerri Bowers, Lori Frei, Amy Kettler, Caroline Rolker, Jen Tessier and Erica Tice.

Pub Date: 5/07/98

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