Digest: Stone, Rockhoppers pound Bombers in 18-9 win

Towson baseball finishes road sweep of McNeese State, moves to 3-0

February 18, 2013|Sports Digest

North American Lacrosse League

Rockhoppers pound Bombers in 18-9 win

Mike Stone scored seven goals and earned Player of the Game honors for the Boston Rockhoppers in their 18-9 victory over the Bombers on Sunday afternoon at Du Burns Arena. With the win, Boston (5-1) took a two-game lead over the Bombers (3-3) in the North American Lacrosse League standings. Jeff Joy had three goals for the Bombers, scoring his third to cut the Rockhoppers' lead to 6-4 with eight minutes remaining in the first half. Matt Hickman finished with a goal and two assists for the Bombers, while Dan Deckelbaum (Owings Mills) and Michael Simon (Stevenson) added a goal apiece. It was a shooting onslaught by Boston, which had 64 shots on goal to the Bombers' 42. Ginny Capicchioni made 26 saves for the Bombers before being replaced by Adam Miller, who finished with 20. The Rockhoppers, who were ahead 7-5 at the half, scored five unanswered goals in the third quarter. The Bombers dropped to 1-2 against Boston.

College baseball

Towson finishes road sweep of McNeese State

Junior right-hander Brandon Gonnella shut out host McNeese State on two hits through six innings, while junior Mike Draper had four hits as Towson completed a three-game sweep with an 8-1 win over the host Cowboys (0-3) on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Tigers (3-0) are off to their best start since 2004. They also completed their first three-game sweep on the road since May 2002, when they won three straight from Drexel. On Saturday, junior Dominic Fratantuono had two hits and drove in three runs, including the eventual game-winner in the top of the 15th inning, as Towson outlasted McNeese State, 10-9 in 15 innings. The game was the second-longest in Towson history, topped by an 18-inning loss to Old Dominion in 2006. The contest lasted five hours and featured 36 hits, eight errors and 30 runners left on base.

More results: Sophomore David Hamlett hit an inside-the-park grand slam, but Johnny Field hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the fourth inning and host Arizona (3-0) went on to defeat Coppin State, 13-9, on Sunday. The Eagles (0-3) had rallied from a 5-0 hole to tie the game at 9, but Field lifted a sacrifice fly that scored Kevin Newman and put Arizona ahead to stay. The Wildcats added a run in the fifth inning and two more in the eighth inning. Chris Godfrey had two hits and two RBIs to lead the Eagles. ... Maryland lost at No. 10 LSU, 14-3, in their series finale. Sophomore Matt Bosse and senior Jordan Hagel led the Terps with two hits each.

Men's college basketball

Mount's Prescott up for ESPN weekly award

Mount St. Mary's junior Sam Prescott has been nominated for ESPN Capital One Cup Impact Performance of the Week. The other nominees are California's Allen Crabbe, Kansas' Ben McLemore and Texas A&M's Elston Turner.Fans vote for the winner at espn.com/sportsnation. Prescott's career-high 44 points led the Mount to an 84-70 win over Northeast Conference leader Bryant on Thursday night at Knott Arena. The 44 points are the most by a Mount player since the school moved to NCAA Division I in 1988-89. Prescott became just the fourth player in school history (104 seasons) to score 44 or more points in a game, joining Jack Sullivan (seven times), Dave Maloney and Mike Tate. The last Mountaineer to reach 44 points was Tate against Kutztown State on Nov. 24, 1987.

Minor league basketball

Shuckers pull to within a game of Colonial crown

The Bay Area Shuckers pulled to within one game of the Colonial Division championship Saturday night with a 143-117 victory over the visiting Hudson Valley Kingz (6-4). Rocky Coleman (Walbrook, Towson University) led the Shuckers (9-4) with 33 points, five rebounds, and four assists. Danny Thompson had 18 points, 25 rebounds and four blocks, while Gus Chase (St. Frances) added 26 points and seven rebounds. Thompson's 25 rebounds set a Shuckers franchise record and tied the American Professional Basketball League record. The Shuckers also set team marks for most points scored in a regulation game and largest margin of victory (26). The win, coupled with the Winchester Storm's (3-7) 120-110 loss to the Rockville Victors (9-1), clinched at least a tie for the Colonial title for the Shuckers. They can secure the title with one win in their final three regular-season games or a loss by Winchester in its final six games.

Laurel Park

Brigand favored in General George Handicap today

Brigand is the 9-5 morning line favorite in today's $250,000 General George Handicap (Grade III), which will feature eight sprinters going seven furlongs at Laurel Park. Il Villano (3-1), Associate (4-1) and Fiddlers Afleet (6-1) followed Brigand atop the card.

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