Top draft pick Harper has RBI single in first pro at-bat

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Top draft pick Harper has RBI single in first pro at-bat

Bryce Harper hit an RBI single in his first professional at-bat, a nifty start in Class A for the overall No. 1 draft pick last summer by the Washington Nationals. The 18-year-old Harper singled to shallow center field on a full-count offspeed pitch in the first for the Hagerstown Suns in their South Atlantic League game against the host Rome Braves. The power-hitting prospect then stole his first base. He added a hit in the third inning, when he laid down a bunt.

Swimming: Michael Phelps will compete starting today in the Eric Namesnik Michigan Grand Prix on the campus in Ann Arbor. Phelps, a Baltimore resident who is scheduled to compete in seven events, said "the light's at the end of the tunnel" with the London Olympics less than 18 months away.

Women's college lacrosse: Corinne Ziccardi (Loch Raven) had four goals and two assists as visiting Washington College (9-2, 3-2 Centennial Conference) won, 17-6, over Bryn Mawr (5-6, 0-6).

College softball: Junior catcher Angela Yannone (Chesapeake-AA) drove in three runs and finished a triple short of the cycle, as the host UMBC softball team (18-12) earned a 6-3 victory over Towson (14-17) on Thursday.

Women's college volleyball: Millicent Sylvan-Van Norden was named coach at Coppin State. In nine seasons at three schools, she has a 158-162 record.

College competitive cheer: Six Maryland athletes were named National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association All-Americans: Season Daugherty (Old Mill), Ali Iovino, Danielle Jenkins, Samantha Johnson (North County), Kaitlyn Letourneau and Lauren Shannon.

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