Hopkins takes baseball regional opener, 7-2

Salisbury cruises, 21-11, in Division III baseball


Johns Hopkins senior right-hander Matt Righter allowed two runs on four hits, striking out a season-high nine, to lead the top-ranked Blue Jays to a 7-2 win over St. Joseph's (N.Y.) yesterday at Bear Stadium in the NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Baseball Regional in Boyertown, Pa.

Hopkins will face Rowan (N.J.) University, which beat DeSales (Pa.) University, 8-2, and handed the Bulldogs their first playoff loss in two years, at 11 a.m. today.

The Blue Jays (39-2) have won the first two games of the regional for just the third time in 13 appearances. St. Joseph's was eliminated from the tournament, ending its season at 26-18.

Hopkins struck first with two runs in the top of the second. With one out, Brian Morley singled to left and Craig Cetta followed with a two-run homer to center.

Mike Durgala doubled to center to score two runs in the third for Hopkins.

After Durgala moved to third on a wild pitch, Cetta worked a walk to put runners on the corners. Mike Spiciarich followed with a single down the left-field line, scoring Durgala and sending Cetta to third. Following a pitching change, Carl Ippolito hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Cetta and give the Blue Jays a six-run lead.

And Blue Jays Tim Casale scored on a sacrifice fly by Paul Winterling in the sixth.

Salisbury 21, Mary Washington 11: The Sea Gulls put up 24 base hits to down the Eagles in the 2004 NCAA Division III baseball regional in Martinsville, Va.

Second-seeded Salisbury (35-11) is undefeated in the regional and will face top-seed Emory (42-4) at 11 a.m. today.

The Sea Gulls twice had 13-run leads only to see Mary Washington cut the deficit to five runs in the seventh inning. But Salisbury put the game away with a five-run ninth inning. For Salisbury, it was a season-high for both runs and hits.

Mike Williams went 5-5 with seven RBIs - including a grand slam homer in the third inning when the Sea Gulls scored six times to open an 8-0 lead - and scored five times, himself.

Greg Lemon, Nick Pegelow, Matt Johnson and Brandon Mason each had three hits for Salisbury. Rob Kassekert and Matt Mollet each had two hits. In addition, eight of nine starters had at least one RBI.

CCBC-Catonsville 7, Lenoir (N.C.) 3: Nomar Pagani pitched a winner in the second game of a doubleheader, helping the Cardinals (34-15-1) split the first two games of their best-of-three National Junior College Athletic Association Eastern District championship series. Lenoir won the opener, 7-5.

The teams will play the series-deciding game at noon today at CCBC-Catonsville, the winner advancing to next weekend's NJCAA World Series in Millington, Tenn.

Golf: Navy's Billy Hurley had three bogeys on both the front nine and back nine to drop to a 6-over-par 146 on the second day of the NCAA East Regional at the Course at Yale.

Hurley, who began the second round tied for sixth, is tied for 38th with seven other golfers heading into today's final round.

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