Goode's bat coming up big for Mount

Alumni Report

April 12, 2006|By BILL FREE | BILL FREE,SUN REPORTER

Danyale Goode will walk away from Mount St. Mary's in a few weeks as the most prolific softball hitter in the history of the school.

A midseason rush at the plate the past three weeks has solidified that honor for the two-time All-Baltimore City-Baltimore County choice from Seton Keough. The senior right fielder has already charged to the top of the school career charts in home runs (18), RBIs (76), total bases (229) and triples (six), and is closing in on several other career records with 17 regular-season games remaining.

The 5-foot-8 slugger is dominating the Northeast Conference this season in virtually every offensive category through last Sunday's games, leading in hits (53), home runs (10), RBIs (39), runs scored (34), total bases (93) and batting average (.414), while ranking second in slugging percentage (.727) and third in on-base percentage (.472).

"I'm not going to take anything for granted right now. I'm going to wait until the season is over and then I'll celebrate," Goode said. "Once the season is over and we're in the [NCAA] tournament, then I'll celebrate everything. Now I'll just keep focused."

Goode's hitting has led the Mount (22-15, 5-1 through Sunday) to 11 wins in its past 14 games, with two of the three setbacks coming against Maryland. The team will break the school record for wins in a season with one more victory, having already established the school's Division I record for wins last week by reaching 20.

"I've been here four years and going to the tournament [for the first time] would be the end to a great career," Goode said.

Also helping the Mount softball cause this season has been senior shortstop Kathleen Housman (John Carroll), who has started every game, is hitting .275 and has seven doubles and 12 RBIs.

Wrapping up

Senior captain Beth Sauer (McDonogh) has closed out her swimming career at Washington and Lee by helping the Generals win their 13th consecutive Old Dominion Athletic Conference/Atlantic States championship.

Sauer swam several individual and relay events, earning All-ODAC honors twice in the 200 breaststroke and finishing in the top five in at least one of her events all four years at the championships.

Big impact

Senior midfielder Liz Lombardo (Mercy) had three goals and six assists last Friday for Randolph-Macon (6-5) in a 10-9 lacrosse victory over Greensboro, giving her 31 goals and 13 assists for a team-high 44 points this season. She also has a team-leading 34 draw controls along with 26 ground balls.

For the men's team (5-4), junior goalkeeper Brian Vierheller (John Carroll) has a .730 save percentage and a 7.34 goals against average.

Contact Bill Free by e-mail at bfree7066@hotmail.com or by phone at 410-833-5349.

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