Salisbury's Ewing 1-man team

Sea Gulls won't be same without do-it-all player

State notebook

Colleges

May 31, 2002|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Where does Jason Ewing go from here?

The Salisbury senior outfielder has been to the NCAA Division III World Series. He led his team to a 116-50 record in his four-year career as a leadoff hitter. He topped the Sea Gulls in 12 offensive categories - batting average, home runs, doubles and triples this past season. And he can run and bunt with the best of them.

If it sounds like Ewing has revolutionized the leadoff position at Salisbury, he has.

"I hope he gets drafted [in the upcoming major-league draft]," said Salisbury coach Doug Fleetwood. "He hits with power, is the best bunter on the team, has speed and has gotten better every year because of hard work."

But wasn't Fleetwood wasting Ewing's 11 home runs, 14 doubles, four triples and .418 batting average at the top of the order?

"He was right where we wanted him," said Fleetwood. "This way, he was certain to get a lot of at-bats and we won a lot of games because of his overall talent. He's already been to a couple of Oriole tryout camps."

This season, Ewing and Salisbury came within one victory of returning to the Division III World Series, in which the Sea Gulls finished fifth last year.

Salisbury had its third straight 30-win season in 2002 (30-13-3), and Ewing finished his career as the school's all-time leader in home runs (34), RBIs (161), runs scored (184), hits (233), total bases (394) and at-bats (595).

Villa Julie honoree

Senior golfer Lance Bajkowski stole the show from Villa Julie's higher-profile athletes this year, being named the school's Male Athlete of the Year after posting a fourth-place finish or better in eight of nine tournaments.

Bajkowski smoked the field in the College of Misericordia (Pa.) Invitational by shooting a 69 to win by 10 strokes.

Other top Mustangs this spring were Andy Welling, Bret Holmes and John Nichols, baseball; Heather Valunas, Kim Gorsch, Laura Higgs, and Nikki Hentz, women's lacrosse; and Dan Velez, Bob Rinehimer, Ed Wienecke, Brian Davies and Pat Gill, men's lacrosse.

Boost for Towson

Two former Amateur Athletic Union women's basketball players from Pittsburgh have opted to transfer from Big East schools to Towson, giving coach Joe Mathews high hopes for the future.

Guards Brandi Harris (5-foot-6 sophomore) and Kacy O'Brien (5-11 freshman) have decided to transfer from Villanova and Virginia Tech, respectively.

Harris played in 28 games last season for Villanova and the Wildcats went to two NCAA tournaments in her two seasons there. O'Brien played in six games for Virginia Tech, which advanced to the semifinals of the NIT last season.

Both players will have to sit out next season, but will practice with the team.

Inside game

Bowie State defensive back Harry Brunson has signed with the Rochester Brigade of the new arenafootball2 league after a brief stint with the Norfolk Knighthawks earlier this season.

During his four-year career at Bowie, Brunson had 161 tackles and 16 interceptions.

Et cetera

In a continuing effort to upgrade his struggling basketball program, Mount St. Mary's coach Jim Phelan has signed forward Kiel Butler of Laurinburg Institute (N.C.) to a letter of intent. Butler joins Baltimore All-Metro pick Landy Thompson (Spalding) and Washington Catholic Athletic Conference first-team guard Chris Sumner (Gonzaga) in this year's recruiting class. ... Western Maryland attackmen Tom Brown and Joe Ellis were honorable-mention picks on the USILA All-America team.

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