Too Clever by Half wins fifth consecutive race
Too Clever by Half won for the fifth consecutive time, taking the $52,000 feature at Pimlico Race Course. The 5-year-old mare was one of three turf winners on the card for jockey Sheldon Russell. Too Clever by Half dueled with Nistletoe for the lead in the five-furlong test on the grass and then opened up a clear lead in midstretch and dug under strong handling to win by a length over Wild Rainbow. The winner paid $8.80. Hugh McMahon claimed Too Clever by Half 14 months ago from Chad Brown. Since finishing off the board in her first two starts in her new barn, the daughter of With Distinction has won five straight races, including two during the current spring meeting. "She surprised us last month by running so well off the layoff, but Hugh has this filly right," Russell said. "She didn't like the Pimlico grass last year, but all of a sudden she loves it. I don't know if she matured over the winter during her nine-month vacation or just got better. She ran a career-best Beyer figure last time. I was very confident with the outside post and she showed up today." Russell also visited the winners' circle with Biddy ($6.60-Race 3) and Fuhr Town ($8-Race 7) and won six races last week to move into a second-place tie with Forest Boyce and Xavier Perez in the jockey standings. "I always feel that when we come to Pimlico the wins are so spread out. No rider seems to dominate," added Russell, who captured the rider title here two years ago. "We have a lot of bug riders who are doing well, so it is nice to have a six-win week so far."
Walk-off HR puts Hopkins in Centennial baseball finals
Sophomore Colin McCarthy hit a first-pitch home run in the bottom of the ninth to give Johns Hopkins, ranked No. 6 in Division III, a 9-8 victory over Gettysburg (30-13) and send the Blue Jays to today's Centennial Conference championship series. Host Hopkins must defeat Franklin & Marshall twice to win the conference title, with the first game beginning at noon. After the Blue Jays (35-7) squandered a two-run lead in the top of the ninth, McCarthy homered off his first pitch from Luke Lawrence. There were six lead changes in the final three innings. Earlier in the knockout round Saturday, senior Jeff Lynch hit a three-run go-ahead home run in the bottom of the eighth to lift Hopkins to a 5-3 victory over Haverford.
More baseball: Senior left-hander Jimmy Reed struck out a career-high 12 batters in pitching visiting Maryland (28-21, 9-16 Atlantic Coast Conference) to a 7-2 win over No. 18 Clemson (30-15, 15-10). Kyle Convissar (Severna Park) and Jordan Hagel each had a solo home run for the Terps. ... Sophomore second baseman Vince Corbi doubled in classmate Ian Glassman in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 1-1 tie and junior Jon Cohn pitched 22/3 scoreless innings as UMBC defeated Stony Brook, 4-1, to split an America East doubleheader. The Seawolves (19-29, 10-13) edged UMBC (12-26, 6-17) in the opener, 5-3. ... Coppin State (16-29, 11-12) earned sweep against visiting Norfolk State (16-26, 11-12) with 4-1 and 3-1 wins, giving the Eagles their most wins since 2005 and tying them for second in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Northern Division.
Softball: Maryland (31-24, 13-7) won the first two games in a three-game series at Virginia Tech (33-18, 8-11) by 3-1 and 9-7 scores to clinch a top-three finish in the ACC. The teams will conclude the regular season with a single game today. With a win, the Terps would finish second in the ACC for their highest conference finish since 1999. The two wins Saturday gave the Terps 13 ACC wins this season, the most in school history. ... Visiting Towson (29-26-1, 11-10 Colonial Athletic Association) lost, 1-0, in nine innings in its regular-season finale at Hofstra (40-11, 18-2 CAA). The Pride's Tori Rocha singled home Chloe Fitzgerald with the winning run. off losing pitcher Katie Lingmai, who gave up six hits in 82/3 innings. The Tigers are seeded fourth in this week's CAA tournament at Hofstra. ... Freshman Alyssa Barker picked up two victories on the mound and homered as Coppin State (15-23, 8-9) clinched a berth in the MEAC tournament with a doubleheader sweep of visiting Morgan State (8-34, 5-12). The Eagles won, 9-1 and 6-0, to earn the fourth seed in the tournament in Ormond Beach, Fla.
College football: Navy season tickets are still available at navysports.com or by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY. The cost is $209 for five home games. Single-game reserve seats for the Air Force game are sold out. Standing-room tickets are still available for the Air Force game for $25. Single-game tickets for the rest of the Navy games (both home and away) go on sale to the general public on May 14. Tickets for the Notre Dame game are available only to current members of the Blue & Gold (membership starts at $75), and numbers are limited to a maximum of 10 tickets.
Walters leads Knighthawks into NLL title game, 12-10
Forward Joe Walters (Maryland) had a goal and two assists as the host Rochester Knighthawks earned a chance to defend their National Lacrosse League title with a 12-10 win over the Minnesota Swarm in the East Division final before an announced 5,093 at Blue Cross Arena. The game was tied at 5 at halftime. The Knighthawks will visit the Washington Stealth in the league championship next weekend. The Stealth defeated the Calgary Roughnecks in the West final, 14-13. No team has won the Champion's Cup in consecutive years since the Toronto Rock captured back-to-back championships in 2002 and 2003.
Youth: The Baltimore Hawks will hold tryouts for their 2014 and 2015 summer club teams next Sunday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Mustang Stadium on the Owings Mills campus of Stevenson. Tryout fee is a nonrefundable $40. For more information, call Tim Puls at 443-352-4298. ... Team registrations are being accepted for the Maryland Lax Shoot-Out Tyker 8V8 Tournament scheduled for the weekend of June 14-16 in Owings Mills. The Shoot-Out is an open event for all school, recreation and club teams within the Mid-Atlantic region. The tournament features round-robin competition, with all teams being guaranteed a minimum of three games. Competition levels of A, B & C are available. The event is open to both boys and girls tyker teams following the age guideline of all players being born between Sept. 1, 2003, and Aug. 31, 2006. Register at usamateursports.com under Lacrosse and cmsasoccer.com under Lax Shoot-Out. For additional information, call Skip Apple at 443-255-0521 or e-mail email@example.com.
—From Sun staff and news services