Digest: Stinnett pitches Terps past Miami in baseball

Grant, Mammoth fail to clinch NLL playoff berth; Spirit ties in soccer debut on road

April 15, 2013|Sports Digest

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Stinnett pitches Terps past Miami in baseball

Host Maryland won its baseball series finale over Miami, 7-2, on Sunday behind seven strong innings from starter Jake Stinnett. Stinnett, who pitched five scoreless innings at George Mason on Wednesday, retired 13 of the first 15 batters and held the Hurricanes (24-15, 8-10 Atlantic Coast Conference) to one run on three hits with six strikeouts to earn his third consecutive victory and improve to 4-3. In his past three starts, Stinnett has a 1.42 ERA and is averaging 8.53 strikeouts per nine innings. Maryland (19-17, 5-13) had 14 hits, including three each by K.J. Hockaday (John Carroll) and Blake Schmit. Four players had at least one RBI for the Terps, led by two apiece from Jack Cleary and Schmit. After doubling in the eighth, Sophomore Charlie White swiped third for his 33rd stolen base of the season, tying Larry Long (1998) for the most in a single season at Maryland. On the day, White went 2-for-4 with a RBI.

More baseball: Junior right-hander Brandon Gonnella and junior left-hander Kyle Paul teamed up to pitch a six-hit shutout, leading Towson (19-17, 9-6 Colonial Athletic Association) to an 8-0 victory over host George Mason (13-24, 5-13) in the deciding game of their three-game series. The victory, Towson's fifth in its past six games, improved the Tigers' hold on fourth place in the CAA.

Softball: Visting Maryland (23-22, 7-5 ACC) team pounded defending conference champion Georgia Tech, 14-5, in five innings. With the win, the Terps picked up their first series win over the Yellow Jackets (19-24, 6-6) since 2001. Georgia Tech has won three of the past four ACC titles. ... Hailey Balk's two-out, walk-off single in the 12th inning gave Towson a 3-2 victory over visiting Drexel (11-28, 0-12 Colonial Athletic Association). The win was the fifth straight overall for the Tigers (22-23-1, 5-7) and the sixth in their past seven games.

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Grant, Mammoth fail to clinch NLL playoff berth

Despite a game-high seven points from John Grant Jr., the host Colorado Mammoth missed a chance to clinch a berth in the National Lacrosse League playoffs, losing to the Minnesota Swarm, 17-12, on Saturday night before an announced 17,622 at Pepsi Center. Grant, a forward who also plays for the Chesapeake Bayhawks on Major League Lacrosse, finished with two power-play goals and five assists for the Mammoth (7-9). His 40 goals this season trail Rhys Duch of the Washington Stealth by one for the league lead; both teams play their regular-season finales next Saturday. Grant also is tied with the Calgary Roughnecks' Dane Dobbie and Garrett Billings of the Toronto Rock for the most power-play goals in the league (15). Forward Gavin Prout (Loyola College), the Mammoth captain, added two assists. The Swarm (7-8), which secured a playoff spot, led 9-2 at the half.

More NLL: Forward Joe Walters (Maryland) scored two goals, but the Rochester Knighthawks (7-8), needing a win to clinch a playoff berth, lost to the host Edmonton Rush, 14-10, on Sunday before an announced 6,116 at Rexall Place. The Rush improved to 9-6. On Saturday, Walters had four assists as the visiting Knighthawks defeated the Roughnecks, 15-14, before an announced 12,340 at Scotiabank Saddledome. The Roughnecks, who led 7-6 at halftime, fell to 8-7.

National Women's Soccer League: In its franchise debut, the Washington Spirit tied the host Boston Breakers, 1-1, before an announced 2,634 at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville, Mass. Sidney Leroux scored in the 91st minute for the Breakers, and Tiffany McCarty got the Spirit's goal on a header in the 15th minute. The Spirit also named U.S. national team and World Cup veteran Lori Lindsey captain.

Men's soccer: An announced 1,015 turned out at Retriever Soccer Park on Saturday to see UMBC play national finalist Georgetown in the "Kicks For Chase" game, which raised money for Down syndrome. The Retrievers won, 2-0, on two goals by Pete Caringi III (Calvert Hall). Kadeem Dacres assisted on the second goal.

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