Hopkins, Salisbury fend off NCAA baseball elimination

Zbikowski to fight Minnesota cruiserweight June 4

May 21, 2011|By Sports Digest

Colleges

Hopkins, Salisbury fend off NCAA baseball elimination

The Johns Hopkins baseball team overcame two lengthy rain delays to stave off elimination for the second-straight day as the sixth-seeded Blue Jays defeated eighth-seeded Catholic, 7-2, on Friday to knock the Cardinals out of the NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Regional in Lakewood, N.J., and advance in the losers' bracket. Hopkins improves to 27-14 with the victory; Catholic's season ended at 23-20. Mike Musary and Joe Borrelli paced the Blue Jays with three hits and two RBIs apiece. Hopkins will face the winner of the matchup between top-seeded Kean and second-seeded Rowan today at 10 a.m.

More baseball: Senior Drew Baldwin earned his school-record eighth save as Salisbury (31-12) survived another day at the NCAA Division III South Regional, picking up a 7-5 victory in Millington, Tenn., to eliminate Wabash (22-22). Senior Drew Baldwin closed out the victory, not only sending the Sea Gulls to the final day of the regional and two wins from the World Series, but also putting his own name in the school record book. Baldwin recorded his eighth save of the season, the most in any year by a Sea Gulls pitcher, breaking an eight-year old record of Cory Willey. The fourth-seeded Sea Gulls (31-12) will play second-seeded Shenandoah at 2 p.m. today. … Wake Forest left fielder Mac Williamson homered twice as the Demon Deacons (24-28, 14-15 Atlantic Coast Conference) rolled to a 15-5 victory over host Maryland (21-34, 5-24). … Senior Charlie Cononie (8-3) pitched eight innings of seven-hit ball to lead host Towson (26-26-1, 15-13) to a 5-4 Colonial Athletic Association victory over William & Mary (24-29, 14-14). With the win, the Tigers remained alive for a berth in the four-team CAA tournament next weekend. Towson, currently fifth, needs to win the final two games of its series with William & Mary while UNCW loses twice to Virginia Commonwealth. … UMBC (9-36, 1-19 America East) split a pair of games with visiting Hartford (5-42-1, 2-19), winning, 5-1, before falling, 16-3. … Davis & Elkins left-hander Zach McElroy was named to the All-West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference first team and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Division II Atlantic Region second team.

Softball: Host Maryland (39-18) fell, 5-1, to East Carolina in its opening game of the NCAA regionals despite six innings of one-hit relief from Kendra Knight. The Terps will play Lehigh (33-22) at noon, while 11th-seeded Baylor (41-12) will take on East Carolina (40-20) at 2:30p.m. … Maryland senior Kerry Hickey and junior Vangie Galindo were named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association's All-Mid-Atlantic first team; freshman Ashley Czechner and junior Bree Hanafin earned spots on the second team. … Salisbury junior pitcher Erika Brittingham was named to the Division III All-America second team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. …

Men's basketball: New Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon has hired Dustin Clark as director of basketball operations, completing a staff that includes assistant coaches Scott Spinelli, Dalonte Hill and Bino Ranson. Clark, a 2007 Texas A&M graduate from Waxahachie, Texas, has been an athletics assistant for three years and, last year, moved into the role as team administrator on Turgeon's Aggies staff.

Football: Severna Park senior lineman Ian Duncan has committed to attend Division III Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio.

Et cetera

Zbikowski to fight Minnesota cruiserweight June 4

Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski's next fight, scheduled for June 4 in Los Angeles, will be against Mike Howell, a cruiserweight from Winona, Minn. The fight will be in the Staples Center. Zbikowski is 4-0 after scoring a first-round knockout of Blake Warner on April 23 — and having a 45-day suspension for an alleged failed drug test overturned. Howell is only 2-1 and hasn't fought professionally since Sept. 12, 2009.

College scholarships: The Ravens have awarded college scholarships to five high school seniors who displayed extraordinary academic achievement, extracurricular participation and community service. The following will receive a $5,000 renewable scholarship ($20,000 over four years to each scholar): Allison Holocker, Century; Parvinder Kaur, Winters Mill; Odalis Lopez, National Academy Foundation; Daniel Pyser, Owings Mills; Antonio Weeks, Dunbar.

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