UMBC eliminated from tournament


CONWAY, S.C. -- Second-seeded UMBC was eliminated from the Big South Conference baseball tournament after losing, 13-12, to sixth-seed Liberty yesterday.

Liberty's Rich Humphrey retired the final two UMBC batters in the bottom of the ninth, stranding the tying run on third, to preserve the victory and advance the Flames into the championship against No. 5 Radford. Liberty must defeat Radford twice to win the title.

The loss was the second of the tournament for UMBC, which lost on Thursday to Radford, 9-3.

Earlier yesterday, senior right-hander Kevin Alarie pitched a four-hitter to lead UMBC (26-16) to a 13-2 victory over fourth-seed Winthrop (27-31) at Coastal Carolina Stadium.

In that game, junior Brent Nickles and sophomore Kiven Loewe had three hits apiece for UMBC, which built a 7-0 lead by the fifth inning. Loewe had two RBI and Nickles

knocked in one run with a double.

Alarie (3-3) allowed two runs, both unearned, struck out five and walked two in his third complete game of the season.

Georgia Tech 6, Maryland 0

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Top-seeded Georgia Tech took little time putting away Maryland, scoring all of its runs in the first inning to defeat the Terrapins in the first round of the ACC Tournament.

The big blow in the inning came on David Newhan's three-run homer with one out. Newhan's homer followed a Jay Payton single and a walk to Brandon Hensley.

The Yellow Jackets' Brad Rigby (12-1) allowed only two infield singles in six innings and struck out nine. Chris Myers entered the game in the seventh and had three strikeouts in two innings, and Brett Binkley finished the game pitching a hitless ninth inning.

Junior catcher Jason Varitek (2-for-3) sparked the Yellow Jackets (45-10) with a two-run double scoring Michael Smith and Ryan Ritter. Varitek finished the game with two doubles in three at-bats and two RBI.

Georgia Tech advances to face the winner of today's meeting between Florida State and Clemson. The Yellow Jackets take today off and will play again tomorrow night.

Maryland (24-28) was to play Duke in the losers' bracket this morning.

Dundalk 4, Catonsville 0

Roger Mains hit two home runs and Jason King pitched a seven-hitter to lead No. 1 seed Dundalk (26-12) past Catonsville in the Region XX, Division II JuCo baseball tournament at Dundalk Community College. Dundalk (26-12), which won the losers' bracket, will play Potomac State (21-14) today at noon for the championship. Potomac State beat Catonsville, 15-14, in a winners'-bracket game yesterday.

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