Digest: John Drexel's walk-off home run lifts Towson over Mount, 8-7, in baseball

Towson's John Drexel connects for a game-ending home run against Mount St. Mary's on Wednesday, March 30, 2016.
Towson's John Drexel connects for a game-ending home run against Mount St. Mary's on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. (Towson Athletics)

Sophomore John Drexel (Chesapeake-Anne Arundel) hit a pinch-hit walk-off home run on a full count in the ninth inning to give Towson (9-16) an 8-7 baseball victory over Mount St. Mary's (2-17).

The Mount erased a 7-2 deficit with three runs in the seventh and two in the eighth.


Kyle Stricker (Oakland Mills) earned the victory in relief, improving his record to 4-1 by allowing no hits in the final 12/3 innings.

Gottlieb, a Towson alumnus and its coach since 1988, ranks 39th in wins among active college baseball coaches with a record of 700-769-10.

This was the second time this season Drexel has led off the ninth as a pinch hitter and factored into a victory; he drew a leadoff walk against Richmond on March 5 and scored the tying run.


More Division I: Freshman right-hander Hunter Parsons allowed one earned run in 42/3 innings and sophomore Kevin Biondic had three hits as visiting Maryland (13-12) earned a 7-1 win against Virginia Commonwealth (16-9).

Men's college basketball

Lenoir-Rhyne's Odom named UMBC coach

Ryan Odom is the new UMBC men's basketball coach, the school announced Wednesday. Odom served as head coach at Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) for the 2015-16 season. The Bears (21-10) advanced to the NCAA Division II regional finals for the first time in school history and won 20 games in a season for the first time in eight years. They improved by 10.5 games from the previous season, led the nation in 3-point field goals made per game (12.4) and finished ninth in the country in scoring at 90.1 points per game. Previously, Odom, a 1996 Hampden-Sydney graduate, worked as an assistant at UNC Charlotte (2010-2015), Virginia Tech (2003-2010), American (2000-2003), UNC Asheville (1999-2000) and Furman (1997-1999). Odom's father, Dave, retired in 2008 as the head coach at South Carolina. Retrievers coach Aki Thomas was fired this month after compiling a 28-95 record in four seasons.


Maryland: Sophomore point guard Melo Trimble was named an All-America honorable mention by the Associated Press. Trimble, who was an All-Big Ten Conference second-team selection, helped the Terps to a 27-9 record and the school's first NCAA tournament Sweet 16 appearance in 13 years. He led Maryland in points per game (14.8) and assists per game (4.8) for the second straight season. The only Terp besides Joe Smith to have scored 500 points or more in each of his first two seasons, Trimble is the first program's first player to receive All-America recognition since Greivis Vasquez made the second team in 2010.

South Florida: Former Maryland point guard Roddy Peters was dismissed by the team for repeated violations of school policy. The District Heights native started eight of the Bulls' first 10 games this season before suffering a season-ending left foot fracture. He averaged 9.8 points, 3.5 assists and 3.9 assists in nearly 27 minutes per game. Peters redshirted the previous season after leaving College Park following his freshman season. The former four-star prospect appeared in all 32 games for the Terps in 2013-14, starting 10.

Jonas Shaffer

Varsity boys basketball

Maryland-Pa. senior game will be April 9 in Harrisburg

The Maryland vs. Pennsylvania boys basketball senior all-star game is set for 8:30 p.m. April 9 at Harrisburg (Pa.) Christian. Last year, Maryland fell, 104-101, after winning the previous two meetings in the annual event. Westminster assistant coach Jeremy Snyder will guide Maryland with help from assistants Chad Hollwedel (Centennial) and Matt Lochte (Dulaney). Here's the Maryland roster: Kurk Lee Jr., St. Frances; Brandon Horvath, Southern-AA; Alex Kassolis, Dulaney; Brandon Dorsey, Winters Mill; Tom Brown, Centennial; Thomas Lang, Linganore; Kollin Mitchell, Gwynn Park; Isaiah Miles, Gwynn Park; Cameron Hayes, Douglass-PG; and Malik Brown, North Point.

Glenn Graham

Undefeated super featherweight professional boxer Gervonta "Tank" Davis of Baltimore will return to the ring Friday night at the D.C. Armory in Washington in a bout televised on Spike TV.

Et cetera

'Tank' Davis to fight Avila on Friday night at D.C. Armory

Undefeated super featherweight professional boxer Gervonta "Tank" Davis of Baltimore will return to the ring Friday night at the D.C. Armory in Washington in a bout televised on Spike TV. Davis will face Guillermo Avila of Tijuana, Mexico, in a scheduled 10-round bout. The "Premier Boxing Champions on Spike TV" telecast will begin at 9 p.m. with Davis-Avila opening the telecast. In the main event, Adrien Broner will defend his World Boxing Association super lightweight title against Ashley Theophane.

Davis is 14-0 as a pro with 13 knockouts. Avila is 16-5 with 13 knockouts. Tickets are priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25 may be purchased at ticketmaster.com, at Ticketmaster locations or by calling 800-745-3000. The D.C. Armory is at 2001 E. Capitol St. in Washington. Doors open at 5 p.m. Weigh-ins today at the Gaylord National Harbor will begin at 1 p.m. and will be open to the public. The Gaylord is at 201 Waterfront St. in Oxon Hill.

NFL: Nose tackle Terrance Knighton paid Redskins Park a visit and met with team officials about a possible return for a second season. But the free agent left the facility without agreeing to a deal, and a signing wasn't believed to be imminent, two people with knowledge of the situation said. Knighton has also drawn interest from the New England Patriots, who hosted him for a visit Monday, and was believed to be weighing his options Wednesday night. Knighton, 29, signed with Washington on a one-year, $4.45 million deal last season.

Mike Jones, The Washington Post

Baseball: The Atlanta Braves reassigned former Orioles catcher Ryan Lavarnway to minor league camp. ... The full season of High-A Frederick Keys games will air on 1450 AM with Geoff Arnold and Doug Raftery as the broadcast team.

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