Buffone tries to put off last Terps out

Senior eyes ACC tourney

Shoremen, Sea Gulls set

State notebook


April 25, 2004|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Anthony Buffone is looking for one last hurrah for the Maryland baseball team this spring in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

"We've been pointing toward that tournament [May 25-30 in Salem, Va.] all season," the versatile senior said. "I believe if we could put it all together we could win. Everything started out wrong for us when Justin Maxwell [preseason All-America center fielder] broke a bone in his arm during batting practice before the season started."

Since Maxwell's injury, which resulted in his taking a medical redshirt season, Maryland (17-23) has been hampered by construction delays at Shipley Field and the usual run of cold weather and rain. The result has been inconsistent play, such as a 14-12 come-from-behind victory over Towson on Tuesday night and a 4-1 loss to Virginia Commonwealth the next night.

Through it all, Buffone has been a model of consistency, posting the second-best batting average on the team (.373) and leading the team in doubles (15), hits (66) and runs scored (35).

He had two hits in Friday's loss to Wake Forest for 254 in his career, breaking the school record. He also is No. 1 all time at Maryland in doubles (56) and at-bats (780). Buffone also ranks in the school's top 10 all time in total bases, RBIs, extra-base hits and runs scored.

Buffone has started games at five positions (right, left, first, third, catcher) in addition to designated hitter.

"They told me in college that the more positions I played, the more playing time I would get," said Buffone, who is from Manalapan, N.J.

While Buffone, junior outfielder Will Frazier (team-leading .401 batting average through Friday) and sophomore outfielder Brian Jarosinski (ACC-leading 15 home runs along with team-leading 49 RBIs) have provided a lot of the offense, junior left-hander Chris Bowen leads the team in pitching victories with a 4-2 record and has a 3.96 ERA in 36 1/3 innings.

Clark Cup honors coach

One of the state's fiercest collegiate lacrosse rivalries, Washington College vs. Salisbury University, will be renewed Saturday with a new twist.

The winner of the annual "War on the Shore" will be awarded the first Charles B. Clark Cup in honor of the long-time coach and educator who had a major impact on the rise of both schools to lacrosse prominence.

Clark died last year at age 90.

He was a member of the Washington College and National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Et cetera

The UMES women's bowling team combined to roll a 300 Baker game (five bowlers combining for a perfect game) in the NCAA championships in Houston. Teaming up for the 300 during seeding competition were Maryetta Lewis, Megan Raymond, Erin Fagin, Sandra Maresca and anchor Victoria Gay. The Lady Hawks finished seventh in the NCAAs, and came back last weekend with a seventh-place effort in the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships.

Sophomore Tierra Jackson, a 6-foot-1 basketball forward, has transferred from Syracuse to Towson University after averaging 3.6 points and 5.6 rebounds in seven games (four starts) for the Orangewomen last season. Jackson averaged 6.8 points and blocked 37 shots as a freshman.

The McDaniel College women's lacrosse team is 10-2, thanks to a school-record nine-game winning streak.

UMES basketball standouts Tee Trotter and Tiffany Winkfield are playing in the Black College All-Star Games for men and women this weekend at Morehouse College in Atlanta.

The Collegiate Conference Cycling Championships are featuring team time trial, criterium and road race competition this weekend at Druid Hill Park and in Westminster.

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