It's a big day for Baltimore as 'Belle' wins Dahlia Stakes

Maryland routed, 11-2 by Virginia Tech in baseball

April 24, 2011|By Sports Digest

Pimlico Race Course

It's a big day for Baltimore as 'Belle' wins Dahlia Stakes

Baltimore Belle wore down the front-runner to win Saturday's feature at Pimlico Race Course, the $75,000 Dahlia Stakes for fillies and mares. The Dahlia had been scheduled to be run over the turf but was switched to the main track because of wet grounds. Julian Pimentel, who was atop Baltimore Belle for trainer Mike Trombetta, kept the filly racing comfortably in third through the far turn before circling wide into the lane and driving past Volare Cantare a furlong from the wire and catching Weeper in deep stretch. Baltimore Belle won by 13/4 lengths and completed the 11/16-mile distance in 1 minute, 46.69 seconds. She paid $6.60 and topped a $61 exacta and $293 trifecta. The win capped a big day for Baltimore on the track. Balto More won the Pimlico opener, and Baltimore Bob, a multiple stakes winner in Maryland, won the $50,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge at Lone Star Park minutes before the Dahlia. "Like Larry said, good things come in threes," said Trombetta, a Baltimore native. Trombetta indicated that Baltimore Belle would run next on Preakness Day, May 21 either in the Grade III Gallorette Handicap or the Grade III Allaire duPont Distaff. Both are at 1 1/16 miles. The Gallorette is scheduled for the turf.

Today: Pimlico won't offer live racing on Easter. Pimlico and Laurel Park will also be closed for simulcasting. Live racing returns Thursday.

Colleges

Maryland routed, 11-2 by Virginia Tech in baseball

Andrew Rash went 4-for-4 with two home runs as visiting Virginia Tech (22-19, 6-14 Atlantic Coast Conference) rolled to an 11-2 win over Maryland (17-24, 4-16). The Terps had at least one hit in every inning and finished with 11 in the game, including three each by freshmen Charlie White and Austin Kilbourne and two by junior Korey Wacker.

More baseball: Host UMBC (5-26, 0-9) dropped the final game of a three-game series, 13-2, to America East rival Stony Brook (26-9, 9-1). Freshman Rob McCabe hit a two-run single that scored junior Brian Klukowicz and freshman D.J. Smith (Old Mill) to prevent the shutout.

Men's basketball: Georgetown sophomore swingman Hollis Thompson has entered his name into the NBA draft but will not hire an agent, according to the school. Thompson, who averaged 8.6 points and 4.4rebounds this season, has until May 8 to pull his name out of the draft to retain his NCAA eligibility.

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Softball: Senior Kerry Hickey pitched her 11th career no-hitter as visiting Maryland earned a 1-0 victory against Florida State. The Terps (32-13, 8-4) rallied to a 7-4 win against the Seminoles (25-23, 7-9) in the second game for their first back-to-back triumphs in the all-time series between the schools.

Men's track and field: Maryland's Dwight Barbiasz won the men's high jump Friday at the ACC outdoor championships in Durham, N.C. Barbiasz cleared 6 feet, 111/2 inches to win the outdoor title.

Women's track and field: Junior Jess Palacio broke Navy's 800-meter school record with a time of 2 minutes, 7.22 seconds at the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton, N.J. Stefani Green set the previous record of 2:07.31 in 1984.

Baseball

Nationals call up hot-hitting infielder Bixler from Triple-A

The Washington Nationals purchased the contract of infielder Brian Bixler from Triple-A Syracuse. Bixler hit .326 in 14 games for Syracuse. He spent parts of the 2008 and 2009 seasons in the major leagues with Pittsburgh, hitting .178 in 68games. The Nationals had an open roster spot after optioning catcher Jesus Flores to Syracuse on Thursday. Left-hander Lee Hyde was designated for assignment to clear a 40-man roster spot for Bixler. Hyde is 1-0 with an 11.05 ERA in six relief appearances for Syracuse.

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