Catonsville alum Davis provides strong relief for 24th-ranked Virginia

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Virginia sophomore reliever Neal Davis (Catonsville) is off to an impressive start this season through his first 11 appearances over 23 innings.

The 6-foot-5 standout had a 1-0 record with 27 strikeouts, five walks and a 0.78 ERA through Tuesday's games. On Sunday in a 3-2 loss in 10 innings to Florida State in the second game of a doubleheader, Davis pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings, allowed two hits, struck out two and walked one.

The Seminoles won the first game of that doubleheader, 3-2, in 10 innings, giving them a sweep of a tightly fought three-game weekend series. The Cavaliers (27-9, 9-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) dropped from No. 14 to No. 24 in this week's Baseball America Division I national rankings.

Davis has no starts this year after a freshman season in which he had three starts among 13 appearances over 25 innings. Last season, he had a 2-1 record, 22 strikeouts, six walks and a 5.40 ERA for the Cavaliers.

Virginia is in Maryland this weekend for a three-game series against the Terps.

Woods helps Crimson Tide

Alabama senior first baseman Dani Woods (Dulaney) has played a major role in a 36-3 start for the Crimson Tide softball team, which entered this week ranked No. 2 in the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Top 25 poll.

Woods was batting .366 with five home runs, 26 RBIs, six doubles, a .622 slugging percentage and a .538 on-base percentage through Sunday's games.

The Tide was also 15-2 in the Southeastern Conference.

Cranford is All-American

Stevens Tech middle blocker Andrew Cranford (John Carroll) has been chosen a second-team men's Division III All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

The 6-5 junior is ranked seventh in the nation in hitting percentage at .431 and eighth in the country in blocks per game at 1.28. Cranford has 22 solo blocks and 108 block assists.

Cranford is a two-time AVCA All-American, having been a first-team selection in 2006 as a freshman. Stevens Tech is in Hoboken, N.J.

Carpenter leads scoring

Junior midfielder Doug Carpenter (St. Paul's) has 18 goals and five assists this season to lead the Hampden-Sydney lacrosse team in scoring.

Carpenter also has 16 ground balls for the Division III Tigers, who are 4-5.

Junior attackman Harrison McCorkle, also of St. Paul's, has played in five games for Hampden-Sydney.

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