Mt. St. Joe finds cure in Floyd; Ace pitches Gaels into conference final vs. Hall; MIAA baseball


Gavin Floyd didn't let bronchitis or the Archbishop Curley baseball team cause him too many problems.

The junior 6-foot-5 right-hander produced a complete-game, six-strikeout performance as fourth-ranked Mount St. Joseph sailed past the No. 10 Friars, 7-2, yesterday in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference semifinal at Harford Community College's Thomas Run Park in Bel Air.

Floyd's seemingly effortless domination of the defending conference champs propelled the Gaels (22-9) into today's final against third-ranked Calvert Hall, which downed Mount St. Joseph, 9-4, last Thursday.

In that loss to the Cardinals (17-11), Floyd was victimized by seven unearned runs in the second inning and was pulled after four innings. After the game, he was diagnosed with bronchitis, which sapped the All-Metro ace of his energy.

Yesterday, Floyd was not fazed by the illness as he made up for a lack of velocity on his fastball by moving his pitches to different parts of the strike zone and throwing a punishing curve.

"My control was pretty good," said Floyd, who improved to 12-2. "I felt that my arm wasn't fully healthy, but it was good enough to pitch."

Gaels coach Dave Norton said he was impressed with his pitcher's determination to put to rest his previous outing.

"Against Calvert Hall, he was off. Obviously, he wanted to come back and prove himself - not that he had to," Norton said.

And unlike that game, the Mount St. Joseph bats worked quickly and effectively against Archbishop Curley junior Dan Prevatt yesterday.

Senior shortstop Allen Strick hit a two-run homer in the first inning that started the Gaels rolling. After scoring an unearned run in the third, the Gaels picked up another run in the fourth on Matt Moynihan's bases-empty homer.

Seniors Paul Harris and Chris McAndrew got RBI singles in the fifth that chased Prevatt.

The loss prevented Friars coach Al Frank from attaining his 500th career win.

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