Williams leads Salisbury into Div. III Series opener

Outfielder on hot streak

Oregon foe is first test

State notebook


May 28, 2004|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Salisbury University's Mike Williams is one of the hottest hitters in the nation, and he plans on staying that way this weekend at the NCAA Division III World Series in Appleton, Wis.

"I worked for a week on hitting the ball up the middle and to the right side before the regionals, and it paid off," Williams said. "The whole team went back to basics for a week, and I really believe that's why we played so well."

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound junior outfielder from Towson High raised his season batting average an eye-popping 50 points to .360, leading the Sea Gulls (37-11) to a somewhat surprising 4-0 sweep through the South regional in Ferrum, Va.

Williams hit two home runs, including a grand slam, amid a 9-for-17 effort at the plate, drove in 10 runs and scored nine runs. He was selected the regional's Most Outstanding Player.

Salisbury was fourth in its only other trip to the World Series, in 2001.

"We want to win the whole thing," Williams said. "I believe our pitching will be the key. If we get the kind of pitching we're capable of, we will have a good shot."

The Sea Gulls will meet George Fox University of Newberg, Ore., at 8:45 p.m. Eastern time in the last of four opening-round games today.

Salisbury coach Doug Fleetwood said he enjoyed watching Williams, senior designated hitter Rob Kassekert and sophomore first baseman Nick Pegelow lead a combined 51-34 bashing of opponents in four regional games.

Coppin on track

Coppin State's Prince Anderson and Nigel Leonce will compete this weekend in the NCAA East regionals in hopes of earning berths in the NCAA track and field championships June 9-12 in Austin, Texas.

Anderson, a junior, qualified for the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.94 seconds in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championships. Leonce, a freshman, turned in a 1:50.36 clocking in the 800 at the International Association of Amateur Athletes of America championships.

Mount baseball honors

The Mount St. Mary's baseball team won a school-record 25 games this season and was rewarded with two first-team All-Northeast Conference picks and four second-team selections.

Freshman pitcher Dustin Pease and senior outfielder Jason Weszka were first-team selections while junior catcher Adam Schlenoff, sophomore first baseman Eric Smith, senior third baseman Burt Stormes and senior outfielder Jim Jefferson were second-team choices.

Pease, also the NEC Rookie of the Year, had an 8-4 record with a 3.19 ERA.

Et cetera

Senior basketball center Aaron Andrews and junior shot-putter Ashley Horn are Morgan State's Male and Female Athletes of the Year, respectively.

Retired Mount St. Mary's basketball coach Jim Phelan will be inducted into the Delaware County chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame on June 27.

McDaniel College sophomore Kristy Costa was named the Centennial Conference's outstanding field performer after winning the heptathlon with 3,982 points and the discus with a toss of 113 feet, 4 inches. She also took second in the javelin with a mark of 121-1.

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