It's a cross the third baseman bears, if only for the sake of team chemistry.

"Sometimes I just want to be another guy out there," Fisher said. "But I appreciate the fact that coach trusts me like that."

In hindsight, he's glad he changed schools. Last fall, Fisher won the Minnegan Scholarship Award as Towson's top scholar-athlete.

"I've been able to play every day, we've won a championship and we're in the NCAA regionals," he said. "Maryland hasn't even been to an Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in, God knows how long [2005].

"Plus, I'm still chasing the dream. The reason I'm in grad school is to play baseball. I want to be drafted and play in the pros."

Much of what Fisher has learned in recent months, he said, isn't found in textbooks.

"The world is a pretty scary place," he said. "It's kind of sad that I had to find out this way, but not everybody is a good person. But for as many genuinely bad people as there are — and there have been a few involved in this — there've been a lot of good people who have helped us through it.

"I've met a lot of influential people, like [Maryland] comptroller [Peter] Franchot. People with no stake in Towson baseball have worked tirelessly to help us, and I feel that I owe them so much, because we're still here."

Still playing. Still winning.

mike.klingaman@baltsun.com