New horizons opening up as Sharfstein closes strong



April 17, 2002|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Cornell junior right-hander Dave Sharfstein has his fastball flirting with 90 mph, and he has quickly become one of the top closers in the Ivy League.

Sharfstein (River Hill High) has a 2-1 record, four saves, a 2.30 ERA in 19 1/3 innings, 25 strikeouts and six walks in 14 appearances. He is expected to break the school single-season record of 19 appearances.

It's been something of a rags-to-riches story for Sharfstein.

It started at River Hill, where he had a so-so, injury-marred career before going off to York (Pa.) College for two rather ordinary years as a closer.

That prompted him to transfer to Cornell (which has an 11-17 record this spring), both for academic reasons and for an opportunity to resuscitate his baseball career.

"I thought I'd never be in this position with my baseball career," Sharfstein said yesterday. "I've actually talked to some major-league scouts recently. I'd love to get a chance to pitch in the minors some day."

There is also a chance this season for Sharfstein to make All-Ivy League.

"I've never been all-conference anywhere," he said.

Riggs scores 7

Melissa Riggs (Garrison Forest) scored seven goals two weekends ago to lead the Cornell women's polo team to its third straight national title.

Riggs, a senior, and the Big Red defeated Colorado State, 17-12, to capture the national title in Fort Worth, Texas. It was the 10th time in school history that Cornell has landed the top prize in women's polo.

Riggs earlier had been named national Player of the Year.


Virginia sophomore Adam Kerpelman (St. Paul's) and Cavaliers senior Megan Roesch (Wilde Lake) gained first-team All-America swimming honors at the NCAA championships.

Kerpelman swam on the eighth-place 800-meter freestyle relay team, and Roesch was a member of the women's eighth-place 200 freestyle team.

The top eight finishers in each event are accorded first-team All-America status.

Et cetera

Sophomore midfielder Jill Pyzik (North Carroll) scored eight goals in two wins for Wagner (10-3) last week. Pyzik leads Wagner in goals (29), points (33) and draw controls (20). She will be in the Baltimore area this weekend when Wagner meets Mount St. Mary's on Friday and UMBC on Sunday.

Pat Read (Boys' Latin) is a senior close defender on the Dickinson lacrosse team.

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