Charlotte baseball getting quite a lift from 2 local pitchers

Alumni report

May 01, 2008|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN REPORTER

While McDonogh alum Joe Yermal has posted a 7-0 record along with a 2.73 ERA for the University of Charlotte baseball team, it is reliever Bryan Hamilton (Mount St. Joseph) who keeps delivering out of the bullpen for the 49ers.

Hamilton (3-2) got his third save of the season Tuesday in a 7-5 win over Winthrop, limiting the Eagles to one hit and no runs over the final 2 2/3 innings.

It was eight days ago that the sophomore right-hander found himself as a designated hitter in the eighth inning because of an injured teammate. Hamilton was pitching in relief against South Carolina Upstate that day and came up to the plate for the first at-bat of his collegiate career.

Hamilton singled to center to drive in the winning run in an 8-7 victory, giving the 49ers their fourth consecutive 30-win season.

There is no denying, however, that Yermal is the ace of the staff for a team that was 32-12 overall through Tuesday and 12-6 in the Atlantic 10.

The 6-foot-6 freshman right-hander leads the team in wins, innings pitched (66) and games started (nine). Yermal is second in ERA but is first among those pitchers who have logged more than 33 innings.

Frederick ties record

Duquesne sophomore Meghan Frederick (Dulaney) tied an Atlantic 10 Conference lacrosse tournament record last week by handing out five assists in a game.

The assists came in the 14-10 semifinal loss to eventual A-10 champion Temple, and she was selected to the all-tournament team. (Temple's Kelly Ruch recorded five assists against Duquesne in 2000.)

Frederick finished the season third on the team in points (44) with 19 goals and 25 assists.

Four other Baltimore-area players were impact players this season for Duquesne (8-9 overall, 5-3 A-10). They were junior Shannon Hadaway (Severna Park) and sophomores Janna Faulkner (Centennial), Sarah Cates (Mount Hebron) and Sarah Carson (Institute of Notre Dame).

Hadaway was a second-team A-10 selection with 26 goals and two assists. Faulkner had 27 goals and one assist, Cates had 19 goals and six assists, and Carson 21 goals and one assist.

Thomas settling in

Freshman Mike Thomas (Fallston) has compiled a 5-3 record for the Rider baseball team through Sunday. The left-hander has a 3.70 ERA in four starts and 11 relief appearances.

He has 33 strikeouts and 13 walks for the Broncs (24-16, 12-6 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference).

Sophomore Nick Wojnowski (Calvert Hall) also has helped the Rider cause with one home run, four doubles and nine RBIs. The right fielder-designated hitter is batting .219.

Contact Bill Free at bill.free@baltsun.com or 410-833-5349.

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