Ga. Tech's Sheridan is finding her stroke

Alumni Report

April 26, 2006|By BILL FREE | BILL FREE,SUN REPORTER

Christine Sheridan is no longer the most feared hitter in the Georgia Tech lineup, but the senior shortstop from Archbishop Spalding insisted she isn't losing any sleep over it.

Sheridan said she is not jealous of freshman Whitney Haller, who has 22 home runs, 68 RBIs, an .896 slugging percentage and a .434 batting average through Sunday.

Sheridan is hitting .335, has 38 RBIs, three home runs, seven doubles, three triples and a .460 slugging percentage for the Yellow Jackets (40-16 overall, 11-7 in the Atlantic Coast Conference).

"Why should it bother me? She's on my team," said Sheridan, who led the ACC in hitting last season (.380). "She's just helping me."

Sheridan batted third last season for the ACC champions, who didn't have anyone with more than six homers, and was moved up to second this year when Haller arrived. But now Sheridan is batting first in the lineup.

"I've never considered myself a home run hitter [four last season]," said Sheridan, a first-team All-ACC selection last season. "I'm more comfortable getting on base for someone else, stealing a base [13 of 16 this season] or anything else to help us score runs."

Sheridan was hitting just .320 a few weeks ago but has spurted recently since being moved up to the leadoff position by coach Ehren Earleywine.

"That seemed to shoot a little adrenaline into her system," he said. "I'm not worried about her. I'm more on the excited side because she's starting to swing the bat well and making good contact."

Leading the way

Three former Centennial lacrosse stars, attackmen Sean and Brennan Dougherty and defenseman Michael Condron, have been leading an impressive run by the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Sean, a junior, has 57 goals and 14 assists for a team-leading 71 points as the Mariners have posted an 11-4 overall record and a regular-season mark of 7-1 for second place in the Knickerbocker League.

Brennan, a freshman, is third in scoring with 53 points, and Condron, a freshman, has a team-leading 51 ground balls.

Five other area players have contributed: Tony Buleza (C. Milton Wright), Lyle Armacost (Curley), Robert De Pol (St. Mary's), Ryan Merritt (Loyola) and Kevin Miernicki (Spalding).

Strong finish

Harvard junior attackman Evan Calvert (Centennial) had a career-high five goals and six points in a 12-4 rout over Yale in the final game of the regular season.

Calvert has a team-leading 21 goals and 11 assists for the Crimson (6-4, 3-2 Ivy League).

Freshman goalkeeper Joe Pike (McDonogh) also had a strong regular season with a 7.36 goals-against average, .573 save percentage, and several saves in late-game situations.

Contact Bill Free by e-mail at bfree7066@hotmail

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