Hopkins' Winterling caps grand hitting day

He has two grand slams, 11 RBIs in record 32-2 win

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April 26, 2003|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Paul Winterling doesn't resemble Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Barry Bonds or any other great baseball slugger.

However, any of those famous home run hitters would have been proud to have the once-in-a-lifetime afternoon Winterling enjoyed for Johns Hopkins University in Chestertown against Washington College last week.

Winterling had two grand slams and a three-run homer for 11 RBIs, and finished 4-for-6.

It's a collegiate baseball player living out the dream of any hitter, and getting lucky enough to have the bases loaded ahead of him not once but twice.

"I room with three guys [Paul Long, Eric Nigro and Mike Durgala] on the team," Winterling said. "And we all had home runs that day. We're trying to figure out what we did that day or what we wore or what we ate. I hit the first one [grand slam] on a 3-2 curveball and everything started rolling after that."

When Winterling was asked if he thought he would ever duplicate this rare feat, he said, "I hope. I've always had a good swing. The power has come this year."

After the slams in the first and sixth innings, the former McDonogh standout topped off the magical afternoon with the three-run homer in the eighth inning.

Final score: Hopkins 32, Washington College 2.

Inevitably, several Hopkins team records fell, and Winterling tied an NCAA Division III record with the two grand slams in one game, and his 11 RBIs were one short of tying the Division III single-game mark.

The Blue Jays (ranked No. 11 nationally) established a school record with the 32 runs, and became just the second team in Division III history to hit three grand slams in a game when junior Bryan Eberle hit one in the eighth.

Green Terror streak ends

When the McDaniel College softball team reeled off 15 straight victories before losing to Bridgewater, 9-6, Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader, it was fairly safe to assume the Green Terror would be recording its eighth consecutive 20-win season.

McDaniel has jumped off to a 17-4 overall record and 8-0 Centennial Conference mark this season, behind the hitting of senior third baseman Candice Kuligowski and pitching of juniors Samantha Abrams and Kim Camponelli.

Kuligowski leads the team in four categories, hitting (.382), RBIs (28), home runs (four) and slugging percentage (.675).

Abrams has a 9-2 record with a 1.29 ERA and is hitting .343, and Camponelli is 8-2 with a 1.72 ERA and is hitting .345.

Also, playing major roles in the Green Terror success are senior center fielder Jen Geiman (.365 batting average) and freshman third baseman Megan Mitchell (.364).

Gottlieb nears 400

Towson University baseball coach Mike Gottlieb ran into a temporary detour Tuesday afternoon on his way toward 400 victories after being shut out, 6-0, by UMBC junior right-hander Steve Johnson.

The Tigers never got a runner past second base against Johnson, who earned his first shutout and first win of the season.

Gottlieb had a 394-383-7 record after the loss to UMBC, but his team notched three victories (3-2 record) last week, including a 19-10 upset over No. 17 Richmond.

Junior Mike Costello led Towson last week, hitting .400 to raise his season average to .325 with seven home runs and a team-leading 38 RBIs.

Et cetera

Coppin State sophomore softball pitcher Jamie Imhof is ranked No. 5 in the NCAA Division I in strikeouts with 11.3 a game (seven innings). She has struck out 163 in 101 1/3 innings and has a 2.65 ERA. Cat Osterman (Texas) leads Division I with a 15.0 average.

Towson softball coach Lisa Costello reached the 200-victory plateau Tuesday in eight seasons at the school (201-200-2 record), when the Tigers swept a doubleheader from Howard, 16-0 and 8-0.

The Navy men's gymnastics team finished fourth last weekend in the USA Collegiate Championships in Denton, Texas. The Mids posted a team score of 203.175 (second highest of season for Navy). Team captain Pete Langley, a junior, earned All-America honors by recording a score of 8.525 on the parallel bars to finish third.

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