Digest: Terps' Vellano named to IMPACT watch list

Glen Burnie cancer survivor named Orioles' Honorary Bat Girl

May 08, 2012|Sports Digest

Colleges

Terps' Vellano named to IMPACT watch list

Maryland defensive lineman Joe Vellano was named to the Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list, which honors the top college defensive player in the country. The list of 42 players, including seven from the Atlantic Coast Conference, was announced at a luncheon Monday held by Ronnie Lott, the NFL Hall of Fame safety, and the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation. Vellano, who will be a senior in the fall, was a second-team All-American and a consensus first-team All-ACC choice last season. He led the led the Football Bowl Subdivision in tackles by a lineman (7.8 per game). Voting for the award will take place throughout the season, with the winner announced Dec. 9 at the annual awards banquet in Newport Beach, Calif.

Baseball: Maryland rallied from a 4-0 deficit Monday and scored three runs in the final two innings to stun host No. 1 Florida State (39-8, 21-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) with an 8-5 win after losing the first two games of the series. Second baseman Kyle Convissar led the Terps (30-22, 9-18) with two RBIs. Pitcher Brett Harman allowed just three hits and one earned run while striking out five in five innings.

Softball: Salisbury, ranked No. 17 in Division III, will head to Christopher Newport as the third seed in the double-elimination Newport News, Va., regional in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Sea Gulls will face sixth-seeded Ferrum (35-12) at 2 p.m. Thursday. Also, eighth-seeded McDaniel will face top-seeded and top-ranked Emory at 10 a.m. Thursday. ... McDaniel senior Jordan Beans and freshman Caroline Brehm were named the Centennial Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.

Men's lacrosse: Top-seeded CCBC Essex (15-2) went on a 7-1 run to break a 6-6 tie and defeat Howard Community College, 19-8, on Sunday at Anne Arundel Community College to claim the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XX tournament championship. Knights midfielders Rocco Pilliero, Brent Hiken (Pikesville) and Ryan Kissner (C. Milton Wright) and defenseman Josh Rufolo were named to the RegionXX All-Tournament Team. Also named to the team were Offensive Most Valuble Player Neil Hutchinson (Loyola), who scored four goals in the championship game, and Defensive MVP Trey Cover (Fallston). CCBC Essex advances as the No. 3 seed to the NJCAA national tournament at Nassau Community College in Garden City, N.Y., where they will face host No. 2 Nassau at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the semifinals. The winner of that contest will advance to the national championship Sunday. ... McDaniel will host the Eastern College Athletic Conference Mid-Atlantic Region tournament Saturday and Sunday. The top-seeded Green Terror (9-7) faces the winner of the tournament's lone first-round game between No. 4 seed Morrisville State (10-4) and No. 5 seed Medaille (8-7). The Mavericks will travel to face the Mustangs on Wednesday at 4p.m. McDaniel will play the first-round winner at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Track and field: After the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference outdoor championships, UMES had 17 student-athletes named to the MEAC's first, second and third teams. Cynthia Anais, Vanessa Henry, Rico Taylor, Damian Miles and Marcus Wallace were chosen to the first team; Andre Walsh, Jermol Dix, Ackeem Smith, Lexia Robinson and Lenora Guion-Firmin were named to the second team; and Emilie Ducados, Melina Gallas, Eunice Jones, Zavior Brown, Geranda Williams and Guion-Firmin were selected to the third team.

Orioles

Glen Burnie cancer survivor named Honorary Bat Girl

The Orioles, Major League Baseball and Susan G. Komen for the Cure announced that the Orioles' winner of the Honorary Bat Girl contest, which recognizes fans who are battling breast cancer, is Tammy Kestler of Glen Burnie, a mother of three who is a one-year survivor of cancer and has served as team captain for her Young Survivors Group for Komen's Race for the Cure. Kestler will be recognized Sunday before the Orioles' 1:35 p.m. game against the Tampa Bay Rays and will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Et cetera

No. 4 North Harford tops Perryville in baseball, 4-2

Kevin Mooney was 3-3 with two doubles and two RBIs and Brandon Wooten 2-for-3 with two RBIs to lift host No. 4 North Harford (18-2) to a 4-2 win over Perryville in baseball on Monday. Christian Larrimore pitched 51/3 innings to pick up the win. North Harford plays Rising Sun on Wednesday for the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference championship.

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