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Digest: Terps' DeVaughn to take part in WUG trials this week

Alvernia pounds Hopkins, 10-5, in NCAA baseball regional

Sports Digest

May 16, 2013

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Women's basketball

Terps' DeVaughn to take part in WUG trials this week

Maryland junior center Alicia DeVaughn will head to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., this week to take part in USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team trials. DeVaughn is one of 33 of the nation's top college athletes attending the trials today to Sunday. The World University Games women's basketball competition will be held July 8-15 in Kazan, Russia. Organized by the International University Sports Federation and held every other year, the WUG event is a multi-sport competition open to men and women between the ages of 17 and 24. DeVaughn averaged 8.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game to help Maryland to a 26-8 record and an appearance in the Sweet Sixteen. The WUGs trials begin on May 16 with the first session at 6:30-8:15 p.m., followed by trials sessions on May 17 and 18 at 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. The 12-member roster is expected to be announced the morning of May 19, and all athletes will depart for home. The team will regroup for training June 25-July 1 at the USOTC prior to traveling to Russia. The USA has been placed in Group B for the 2013 WUGs and will open at 12:30 p.m. July 8 against Belarus, followed by Czech Republic at 12:30 p.m. July 9 and its final preliminary-round opponent, Brazil, at 4:30 a.m. July 10.

College baseball

Alvernia pounds Hopkins, 10-5, in NCAA regional

Leon Stimpson went 2-for-5 with three RBIs as Alvernia (34-9) posted 17 hits to power past Johns Hopkins, 10-5, in the first round of the NCAA Mid-Atlantic baseball regional Wednesday. The Blue Jays will play Penn State-Harrisburg this morning at 10. After Hopkins (36-9) drew within one run, 3-2, in the top of the fourth, the Crusaders put the game out of reach with a six-run inning to open a 9-2 lead. Stimpson belted a double to the left center wall to score two runs early in the inning, before the Crusaders scored four runs on four consecutive at-bats. Hopkins was held largely at bay offensively for most of the game by Alvernia starting pitcher Mike Weinhold. The Crusaders ace went eight innings, striking out seven and allowing three earned runs.

More Division III: Sophomore Kyle Hayman beat out a bouncer to first base with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, allowing Ken O'Neill to score from third and giving second-seeded Salisbury a 3-2 win over fifth-seeded Randolph-Macon in each team's opening game of the NCAA South Regional. Down 3-0 heading to the bottom of the ninth, senior Evan Graci led off with a single up the middle off Yellow Jackets starter Matt Fischgrund. Junior Johnny Schiotis followed with a single through the left side, moving pinch runner Danny Breen to second. O'Neill then laid down a sacrifice bunt, which reliever Will Jennings threw away, chasing home both Breen and O'Neill to tie the game. After Jennings fanned Tyler Illian and Bobby Sanzone, Bill Root singled and stole second, setting the stage for Hayman's game-winning single. "We didn't swing it real well, but it was a great lesson in battling through adversity that the guys learned today," said SU coach Doug Fleetwood. "It was great base running to tie the game and great hustle for Hayman on the last play." Hayman finished 3-for-4 with a double, stolen base and RBI for Salisbury.The Sea Gulls await the winner of the game between No. 3 Millsaps and No. 4 Bridgewater for an 8 p.m. winners' bracket game today.

Division I: UMES (8-44) lost, 3-1, to Savannah State (30-21) in the first round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament in Norfolk, Va. With the defeat, the Hawks fall to the loser's bracket and will face North Carolina Central this morning at 9 in an elimination game. ... With three games left in the regular season, Towson has clinched a berth in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament, a double-elimination tournament that will be played at Veterans Memorial Park in Harrisonburg, Va. The Tigers (23-27, 12-12), who close out the regular season this week against Northeastern, are one of four teams that have clinched a berth in the tournament. Defending champion North Carolina Wilmington (36-16, 17-6), William & Mary (32-19, 15-9) and Delaware (31-19, 13-11) are the others.

Et cetera

D.C. United's Russell retires, plans career as doctor

D.C. United defender Robbie Russell, in his 12th pro season, announced his retirement Wednesday because he wants to become a doctor. Russell, who turns 34 this summer, is beginning postgraduate work at Georgetown, beefing up his math and science portfolio, and plans to enroll in medical school in about 18 months. After appearing in 19 of 34 league matches last season — his first in Washington after 31/2 with Real Salt Lake — he re-signed with United in December with the intention of playing probably one more year. Russell entered just one of 10 matches, however, a six-minute stint at the end of United's 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Union on April 21 at RFK Stadium.

Steven Goff, The Washington Post

U.S. Open Cup: U.S. Soccer has announced the possible third-round pairings and locations for the 100th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. D.C. United will face the winner of Richmond Kickers-Icon FC on May 28. The Kickers will host Icon FC (USASA) at Richmond City Stadium on May 21 (7 p.m.) for the right to face D.C. United. Should Icon FC advance, United would play host at Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds on May 28 at 7 p.m. The cost of tickets would be $20 for general admission and $10 for United ticket-plan holders with an ID card. Youth ages 16 and under will be able to enter for free with a purchase of an adult ticket (must be one-for-one). If Richmond — D.C. United's USL PRO affiliate club — defeats the amateur side, United would travel to face the Kickers on Richmond's home turf.

Men's college golf: McDaniel sophomore James Lillie made his second straight appearance on the the Division III PING All-Mid-Atlantic team, released by the Golf Coaches Association of America, while Cody Mewhirter (North Carroll), a sophomore, earned his first regional honor.

From Sun staff and news services