With a second weekend of spring events about to be affected by the poor field conditions left from last weekend's storm, spring break couldn't have come at a better time for some of the state's baseball teams.
Outside of the P.E. Center at Frostburg State, there were 6 to 8 inches of snow on the ground before last weekend's blizzard. Inside, the women's lacrosse, tennis and track and field teams were sharing time. So the baseball team was glad to head to Myrtle Beach yesterday for a series of games in South Carolina.
Johns Hopkins (5-1) was in Cocoa, Fla., last weekend winning its fourth straight University Athletic Association title, and the Blue Jays were to return there today for nine games between Saturday and March 26. Hopkins' home opener is scheduled for March 29, but coach Bob Babb said that's in jeopardy "because we won't be here to work on the field."
The Eastern Shore, meanwhile, was spared sizable snowfall, and Salisbury State was actually able to play a home game Tuesday, losing, 10-3, to Christopher Newport.
NCAA wrestling at Iowa State
Maryland and Navy will send five wrestlers each to the NCAA tournament at Iowa State today through Saturday.
The Terps expected to have a six-man contingent, but Kevin Brown (190) will stay home with an injury. David Land (118), Keith Burgess (142), Steve Woods (150), Vasilios Lahanas (158) and Marc Poppa (177) will represent Maryland, and Navy will send Nick Melfi (142), Jamey Cummings (167), Doug Zembiec (177), Tom Storey (190) and Dan Hicks (heavyweight).
Morgan State's Dontae Smith (118), Charlie Morgan (126) and freshman Marlin Houston (heavyweight) advanced out of the Eastern Regional, where Smith was named the Outstanding Wrestler.
Towson State streak
Towson State's dominance of the ECAC women's gymnastics championships will be challenged by New Hampshire on Saturday (7 p.m.) at the Towson Center. The Tigers scored a season-high 189.60 points in beating Yale last weekend but have just eight healthy gymnasts. William & Mary, Maryland, James Madison, Pittsburgh and Vermont also qualified teams.
Towson State: Junior F Danielle Barry is a Big South first-team all-star.
UMBC: Junior G Missy Quille (Annapolis) is a Big South first-team all-star.
Navy: John Campbell is a first-team All-American in both smallbore and air rifle. George Korol is first team in air and second team in smallbore. Joe Madrid is second team in air.