From over or under, UM's Schmoll has scouts counting his strikeouts

Terps right-hander has 72

Towson's Wides: no-hitter

State notebook


April 03, 2003|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

All was right with Steve Schmoll's baseball world Tuesday night in College Park.

The lights at Shipley Field didn't shut down unexpectedly, there were no snowstorms, and Schmoll, Maryland's strikeout artist, once again did what he does best.

The senior right-hander struck out 15 on the way to his first shutout, a 4-0 victory over West Virginia that eased a little of the pain from a lost weekend in Charlottesville, Va. (two losses and a snow-out, dropping the team to 7-17 overall and 0-8 in the Atlantic Coast Conference).

Schmoll has struck out 72 batters in 41 2/3 innings and continues to attract a horde of major league scouts.

"He's one of the fastest guys out there," said Maryland coach Terry Rupp. "There's a lot of activity [from scouts]. He's coming at hitters from underneath this year, almost 100 percent submarine, throwing 88-91 [mph] underneath and the same on top."

Rupp said Schmoll has "three pitches on top and three underneath, and they're all good. We wanted to use him as a closer this season but couldn't because of injuries to our starters."

The starter-turned-closer-turned-starter again has been rocked for six home runs this season out of the 39 hits he has allowed.

But Rupp likes the way Schmoll has dealt with the adversity.

"I haven't seen him get rattled yet," Rupp said. "We just need to get him some runs. Our hitters need to get healthy, and warm weather would help."

Schmoll was reached yesterday afternoon while riding a bus from College Park to Williamsburg, Va., for last night's game against William & Mary.

"I'm using the same mentality I used as a closer out there," said Schmoll. "I had a talk with my coach [Rupp], and he said I might as well attack every hitter. I'm also controlling my emotions a lot better - and my breathing patterns. The hitters don't know where the ball is coming from, up or down."

The home runs?

"They've come off changeups up in the zone," he said.

His 15 strikeouts against West Virginia gave Schmoll 30 in his last two games, and he is easily on pace to shatter the Maryland season record of 118, set by Eric Milton, now with the Minnesota Twins.

Schmoll leads the ACC with 15.24 strikeouts per nine innings, far ahead of N.C. State's Vern Sterry (11.78).

The ACC record is 14.32 established by Georgia Tech's Jim Poole, a former Oriole, in 1988.

Nine days ago in College Park, Schmoll had a no-hitter through seven innings against Navy rudely interrupted by a 25-minute blackout caused by a power outage. When play was resumed, the Mids pounced on Schmoll for five runs, but the Terps eventually won, 6-5.

Wides no-hits San Jose

Jessica Wides, Towson's sophomore right-hander, lived up to her new label as the ace of the pitching staff, throwing the fifth no-hitter in school softball history in the final game last week of a Florida road trip.

Wides no-hit San Jose State, striking out five and walking two in a 2-0 victory for the Tigers (10-10).

Wides started four games last week in the Orlando Rebels Games, posting a 2-1 record and 0.28 ERA, and allowing one run in 25 innings.

The performance earned her a second straight Colonial Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week award.

UMES is Sweet 16

The Maryland-Eastern Shore women's bowling team has become the first historically black college to advance to a final field of 16 teams in the National Women's Collegiate Bowling tournament.

The Hawks accomplished the feat by finishing third in the East College Bowling USA Qualifier.

Sophomore Sandra Maresca leads the Hawks with a 198.819 average, with Lori Rumping second at 197.243. The final 16 event will be held April 23-26 in Tulsa, Okla., with TNT or ESPN2 scheduled to televise the event.

Et cetera

Salisbury's school-record 15-game winning streak in baseball was broken Monday by Chowan (N.C.) College, which beat the Sea Gulls, 6-2. Salisbury entered the week ranked No. 22 among NCAA Division III schools. ... The rewards for advancing to the NCAA Division II final four are still rolling in for Bowie State. Coach Luke D'Alessio has been named the South Atlantic Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Power forward Tim Washington has been selected a Division II second-team All-American in addition to a third-team NABC All-American and to NABC's South Atlantic region first team. Center Jon Smith was chosen to NABC South Atlantic region second team. ... Steve Wilson will be introduced as Bowie State's new football defensive coordinator Tuesday.

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