Towson rallies past JMU, qualifies for CAA baseball tourney

May 20, 2012|Sports Digest

Colleges

Towson rallies past JMU, qualifies for CAA baseball tourney

Sophomore second baseman Pat Fitzgerald lined a one-out single to left field with in the bottom of the 10th inning as Towson came from behind to earn a berth in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament with a 5-4 victory over visiting James Madison (16-35-2, 10-20) on Saturday in the final regular-season game of the baseball season. The Tigers (26-29, 15-15), who entered the game needing a win to earn their first CAA berth since 2008, trailed 4-3 going into the bottom of the ninth before junior Kurtis Voytell tied it with a pinch-hit home run to left-center.

More baseball games: Alfredo Rodriguez singled home Kyle Convissar (Severna Park) in the ninth inning and Jordan Hagel followed with a run-scoring double to lift host Maryland over No.19 Virginia (36-16-1, 18-12 Atlantic Coast Conference) in the regular-season finale, 6-5. The Terps (32-24, 10-20), who earned their 10th win over a ranked team this season, improved their win total by 11 from last season but missed the eight-team ACC tournament; Maryland remains eligible for an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. ... UMES lost, 3-0, to Bethune-Cookman (33-24) and 7-2 to Delaware State in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament Saturday, ending their season. ... Junior Jason Allinder and senior Max Himmelstein each went 2-for-5 and drove in a run, but host UMBC (10-42, 2-22 America East) lost, 7-4, to visiting Binghamton (22-24, 13-9) in its season finale. ... Steven Keener hit two homers in the NCAA Division III Newport News (Va.) Regional final, helping top-seeded and regional host Christopher Newport (34-8) roll to a 12-3 win over Salisbury (34-9). Sophomore Joey Jones, one of two Sea Gulls named to the regional all-tournament team, was 2-for-4, and senior Chris Connor was 2-for-3 with a run scored and one RBI. Senior right-hander Jeff Hoffman was the other Salisbury player named to all-tournament team after pitching 121/3 innings in the 2-1, 14-inning win over Shenandoah on Friday.

Softball: Maryland was edged by Harvard, 3-2, in eight innings at the NCAA Regionals at the University of Washington. The Terps ended their season 34-22.

UMBC: Freshman sprinter Mercedes Jackson and junior swimmer Mohamed Hussein were named the school's Most Outstanding Athletes for the academic year. Soccer player Andrew Bulls (McDonogh) was the Outstanding Senior Male Athlete; basketball player Michelle Kurowski and swimmer Abbey McKenney shared the Outstanding Senior Female Athlete award. Volleyball player Iman Kennedy and tennis player Joe Adewumi shared the Matt Skalsky Scholar-Athlete Award.

Morgan State: Junior cheerleader Amanda Ross, a Columbia native, and senior sprinter Calvin Dascent were named the school's Male and Female Student-Athletes of the Year, respectively.

Towson: Junior Jordan Dangerfield of the CAA champion football team and senior Kacy Catanzaro of the gymnastics team were named as the school's Male and Female Athletes of the Year. Rob Ambrose, who led the Tigers football team to its first appearance in the NCAA Football Championship Series playoffs, was honored as the Coach of the Year.

Volleyball

Doherty, Patterson team up for Preakness Open title

Tenth-seeded Ryan Doherty and Casey Patterson defeated top-seeded 2008 Olympic gold medalists Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers, 23-21, 19-21, 15-13 in the finals of the National Volleyball League Baltimore Preakness Open. The upset, a career first win for Doherty and a third for Patterson, was part of a two-day, $50,000 tournament and was the only domestic event for Dalhausser and Rogers before the London Games. London Olympians and top-seeded Jen Kessy and April Ross defeated second-seeded Jenny Kropp and Whitney Pavlik, 21-13, 21-16. It was the 24th career open win for Kessy, the 21st for Ross and their 21st together.

Et cetera

Maryland-bred Not Abroad wins at Delaware Park

Maryland-bred Not Abroad posted an upset victory in the $54,625 Joseph French Memorial Overnight Stakes at Delaware Park in Wilmington. With Nicholas Petro aboard, the 5-year-old son of Not of Love notched a three-quarter-length win and returned $19.20. Not Abroad covered the 11/16 miles in 1 minute, 43.78 seconds over a fast main track.

WNBA: Sylvia Fowles scored 23 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to help the Chicago Sky to a 69-57 season-opening win over the host Washington Mystics in their season openers. Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) had 16 points for Washington. ... Former Terp Kristi Toliver scored 10 of her team-high 25 points in the fourth quarter as the visiting Los Angeles Sparks rallied from 21 points down in the second half to a season-opening 72-66 victory against the Seattle Storm. Toliver shot 10-for-16 off the bench, including 5-for-8 on 3-point attempts, and had six assists. Former Maryland teammate Marissa Coleman had four points in her Sparks debut.

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