Digest: Shaffer's second straight complete game lifts Terps baseball over Iowa, 4-1

Sophomore right-hander Brian Shaffer pitched his second straight complete game to lead the Maryland baseball team to a 4-1 victory over host Iowa (9-12, 2-1 Big Ten Conference) on Sunday. Shaffer tied a career high with seven strikeouts and allowed five hits on 90 pitches to lower his ERA to 2.12. The Terps (11-12, 1-2) scored three runs on five hits in the top of the first. Junior outfielder Madison Nickens hit a one-out double before scoring on a single from freshman infielder Nick Dunn. Back-to-back singles from junior catcher-infielder Nick Cieri and freshman outfielder Marty Costes (Archbishop Curley) brought home Dunn. After sophomore infielder Kevin Biondic hit a single to load the bases, senior outfielder Anthony Papio scored Cieri with a sacrifice fly to center.

Women's bowling: UMES placed third Saturday at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championships in Chesapeake, Va. Hawks senior Thashiana Seraus was named to the All-Tournament team. Morgan State finished fifth. UMES will compete in the Intercollegiate Team Championships in Wichita, Kan. in April for a chance to earn a berth in the NCAA championships.


Men's track and field: Salisbury's outdoor team was ranked No. 10 in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association preseason computer rankings.

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D.C. United signs Italian midfielder Mancini

D.C. United have signed Italian midfielder Andrea Mancini, who most recently played for Szombathelyi Halidás of the Hungarian first division. The 23-year-old will be added to the roster pending receipt of his ITC and P-1 Visa. The Italian played in the Inter Milan youth system from 2005 to 2009, and at Manchester City's academy from 2010 to 2011. Mancini spent time in England and Spain before landing in Hungary, first with Budapest Honvéd FC, followed by Szombathelyi last year. Mancini, who featured in United's preseason matches during the Tampa Bay Rowdies Sun Coast Invitational, will wear No. 41. The Italian is the youngest son of Internazionale Milano's head coach Roberto Mancini.

Women's professional soccer: The Washington Spirit will play an intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday. The Spirit was originally scheduled to face North Carolina, which was forced to withdraw from the game due to player availability. Kick off will remain at 4 p.m. at the Maryland SoccerPlex and Fan Fest will take place as scheduled.

Minor league baseball: The Bowie Baysox are seeking Community Hero Nominations for individuals to honor during the team's annual Community Heroes Night on June 3 at 7:05 p.m. Fans who know a community member worthy of recognition are encouraged to fill out the nomination form on by April 15 at 5 p.m.

Men's soccer: The Baltimore Bohemians will hold open tryouts Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Lugano Practice Field at Loyola Maryland's Ridley Athletic Complex. The registration fee is $35 per player; players must register by Friday. For more information, go to

Horse racing: Laurel Park will hold Racing 101 Day at the Races on April 23, a day-long, behind-the-scenes look at thoroughbred racing with a morning spent on the backstretch, a trip to the jockey's room and winner's circle, and a buffet in the Terrace Dining Room. The event is $55 per person. For details and reservations contact Phoebe Hayes at 301.470.5454 or at