Navy junior starting pitcher Luke Gillingham struck out the first 12 batters of the game as Navy opened its baseball season with an 8-1 rout of North Carolina A&T on Friday in temperatures in the low 30s in Greensboro, N.C. Gillingham struck out 16 and allowed one hit in seven innings. The 16 strikeouts are the most by a Midshipmen since 1986 and tie him for fifth all time with Chuck Davis (1959) and Dennis Losh (1969). "What Luke did right out of the gate, striking out the first 12 guys and finishing with 16 total, was impressive to say the least," Navy coach Paul Kostacopoulos said. "The numbers say it all about his pitching performance today. It was extremely cold today and for him to get right in the strike zone and stay there all day like he did was outstanding."
More college baseball: Sophomore Brandon Lowe hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning to give No. 20 Maryland a lead it wouldn't relinquish in a 7-3 victory in its season opener against Western Kentucky at the Caraville Resort Tournament in Conway, S.C. Sophomore right-hander Mike Shawaryn earned the victory by striking out seven over six innings. Lowe reached base in four of his five plate appearances, adding two RBIs and two runs. Anthony Papio, Jose Cuas and Kevin Smith also had two hits. ... Mount St. Mary's was picked in the Northeast Conference preseason coaches' poll to finish sixth.
Pindell, other local stars make Md.'s Big 33 roster
All-Metro Offensive Player of the Year David Pindell, Oakland Mills' quarterback, headlines the list of local players selected to play for Team Maryland in the Big 33 All-Star Classic against Pennsylvania in June. Pindell, who averaged 222.5 passing yards and 84 passing yards per game last fall while leading the Scorpions to their first winning season in more than a decade, is one of two quarterbacks on the team, which was announced Friday night. Team Maryland also includes several other All-Metro players: Archbishop Curley running back Deonte Harris, McDonogh offensive lineman Ellis McKennie, Bel Air offensive lineman John Gallina and Arundel linebacker Diondre Wallace.
For more of Katherine Dunn's blog post on the roster, go to baltimore sun.com/varsityletters.
White Sox add ex-Oriole Albers on minor league deal
Former Orioles relief pitcher Matt Albers and the Chicago White Sox have agreed to a minor league contract. The 32-year-old right-hander would get a get $1.5 million, one-year deal if he's added to Chicago's 40-man roster. He was limited to eight appearances with the Houston Astros last season because of shoulder problems, and he gave up one run in eight innings. Albers was 3-1 in each of the previous two seasons, compiling a 3.14 ERA in 56 games for Cleveland in 2013 and a 2.39 ERA in 63 appearances for Boston and Arizona in 2012.
More minor league baseball: The San Diego Padres named former Orioles minor leaguer Lance Burkhart manager of Fort Wayne of the short-season Single-A Midwest League. Burkhart managed last season for Southern Maryland of the independent Atlantic League. Southern Maryland named Stan Cliburn as his replacement.
NFL: The Washington Redskins have claimed offensive tackle Xavier Nixon off waivers. The 6-foot-6, 330-pound player spent the past two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, playing in a total of eight games, starting two. Washington originally signed Nixon as an undrafted free agent out of Florida in 2013.
—Mike Jones, The Washington Post