Digest: Butler's single in 9th sends Towson baseball to win

Salisbury loses opener in Division III softball championship; Laurel's McCarty helps Spirit to first-ever win

May 18, 2013|Sports Digest

College baseball

Butler's single in 9th sends Towson to win

Sophomore Brendan Butler singled in the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning as host Towson (25-27, 14-12 Colonial Athletic Association) edged Northeastern, 7-6, in the second game of their three-game weekend series Friday afternoon. The Huskies (27-24, 11-15), who were trying to clinch a berth in the CAA tournament, had overcome a 6-4 deficit in the ninth inning to tie the game.

More Division I: Mount St. Mary's (10-35, 5-24 Northeast Conference) fell, 7-4, at Central Connecticut State (26-24, 14-15 NEC) in the opening game of a four-game series.

Division III: Christian Spurr went 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead Ramapo (30-15-1) past Johns Hopkins, 3-1, in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament at PNC Field in Moosic, Pa. The defeat ended the season for the Blue Jays (37-10) . ... Second-seeded Salisbury blew open a tight game with eight runs in the sixth and seventh innings, earning an 11-5 victory against third seed Millsaps (35-12) in the NCAA Division III South Regional on Thursday in Millington, Tenn. The Sea Gulls (32-7) erased deficits of 2-1 after one inning and 3-2 after five to advance to a Friday night game.

College softball

Salisbury loses opener in Division III championship

No. 1 Salisbury (39-3) dropped its opening contest of the Division III championship, 2-1, to SUNY Cortland (33-15) in Eau Claire, Wis., on Friday; the Sea Gulls will now have to battle through the losers' bracket, starting with a noon game today against either Luther or Anderson (Ind.).

Et cetera

Laurel's McCarty helps Spirit to first-ever win, 4-2

Laurel native Tiffany McCarty scored the tiebreaking goal in the 56th minute Thursday night as the visiting Washington Spirit defeated the Seattle Reign, 4-2, for its first victory of the inaugural National Women's Soccer League season. Tori Huster added a goal in the 84th minute for the Spirit (1-2-3), which scored multiple goals for the first time. The Reign (0-5-1) went ahead in the sixth minute on Lindsey Taylor's goal, but Diana Matheson and Ali Krieger scored in the 35th and 40th minute, respectively, in front of 1,011 spectators at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Wash. Matheson stung an angled 8-yarder for her fourth goal of the year, and Krieger headed in a rebound after Reign goalkeeper Michelle Betos made consecutive superb saves. The Spirit remains in sixth position in the eight-team league with six points but has the chance to move up when it plays first-place Portland Thorns FC on Sunday at Jeld-Wen Field at 5 p.m.; the game will be broadcast live at WashingtonSpirit.com.

Steven Goff, The Washington Post

College lacrosse: Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, will field men's and women's teams starting with the 2014-15 academic year. "Interest in lacrosse has grown tremendously across the country in the last decade, including in areas where we already recruit students," athletic director John Cochrane said. "Having lacrosse as an option will help us attract even more talented student-athletes." Lacrosse is the fastest-growing NCAA Division III varsity sport in the Midwest. Within the past year, men's and women's varsity programs have been added at Beloit, Augustana, Loras and the University of Dubuque, while Wartburg is adding women's lacrosse. Lacrosse is the next sport likely to be added in the Midwest Conference. In the interim, lacrosse-only conferences are competing throughout the Midwest.

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