Pyzik front and center as catcher for Clemson

Attention goes along with job for No. 1 Tigers



April 10, 2002|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Steve Pyzik is not just another college baseball player trying to impress pro scouts.

Pyzik, a junior catcher from Loyola High, plays for Clemson, which has one of the most storied collegiate programs in the nation.

Two years ago, he played in the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., where Pyzik and his teammates were treated royally and besieged for autographs. Loyola and his Mount Airy home seemed miles away.

"We had so much attention out there it was a bit ridiculous," Pyzik said. "We think we're treated well at Clemson. Omaha is a whole different world."

It's a world Pyzik hopes to revisit in June.

Clemson has an impressive 27-2 record this spring and is the consensus choice as No. 1 team in the country.

"It's not where you're ranked now that counts," Pyzik said. "It's where you are at the end of the season, and I believe we have a chance to win the World Serious. We finished fifth out there two years ago and lost to Miami in the regionals last year.

Pyzik is a strongly built 5-foot-9, 185-pound player with a strong arm. He has thrown out seven of 10 runners this season and has one error in 108 chances.

His batting average in 18 games has dipped to .239, with five doubles, seven RBIs and 12 runs scored, after hitting .265 and .275 his first two years. He's sharing the catching duties this season with Collin Mahoney, who, at 6-3, 230 pounds, is from Patterson, N.Y.

"I've hit a lot of balls hard," Pyzik said. "But they're not falling in."

Gombeski on tear

How does 15 goals on 23 shots sound?

That 65 percent accuracy has carried freshman midfielder Kristen Gombeski (Westminster High) to near the top of the scoring charts (18 points) this spring for the Ohio University women's lacrosse team (6-3).

Gombeski also has nine ground balls and eight draws to her credit.

The 18 points have her tied with another Baltimore-area standout, junior attacker Alyssa Trocher (Mount Hebron), in scoring for the Bobcats.

Trocher has 12 goals and six assists this spring after leading the team with 75 points (54 goals, 21 assists) last year. She was in the top 10 in the country last season in goals (3.6) and points (4.7) a game.

Also on the Ohio team are sophomore defender Shari Kolmer (Fallston) and freshman attacker/midfielder Caitlin Link (Westminster).

Et cetera

The defense of the 5-5 Dickinson men's lacrosse team has a definite Baltimore flavor, with senior co-captain Lee Scott (Severn) and sophomore Dave Kuhn (North Carroll) having outstanding years.

Close defensemen Scott and Kuhn each have 22 ground balls for the Red Devils. Brad Kok (Old Mill) is also a defenseman on the squad.

Ryan Dulaney (Annapolis, Riverdale Baptist) is a junior right-hander on the Delaware baseball team.

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