UMBC's Elliott is top America East rookie
UMBC freshman guard Rodney Elliott (John Carroll) was named America East Conference men's basketball Rookie of the Year on Friday in a unanimous vote by the league's head coaches. Elliott, UMBC's first men's basketball player to earn the award in 11 league seasons, was also selected to the All-America East third team and to the rookie squad. The son of former Terps star Rodney Elliott (Dunbar), he is the leading scorer among league freshmen with 14.9 points per game, the fourth-best overall figure in the conference, and is second in scoring average in league games with 15.4 points per contest.
Baseball: Second-ranked Florida State (11-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) used a six-run seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie and pull away for a 15-3 victory against visiting Maryland (8-3, 0-1). Terps starter Jake Stinnett, who was making his first appearance since throwing a no-hitter last Saturday, gave up four earned runs in six innings. ... Chris Acker (Atholton) shut out Monmouth (1-6) for seven innings and allowed four hits, leading Towson (7-3) to a 3-0 victory over the Hawks in the opening round of the Navy Invitational.
Softball: Salisbury pitchers Rachel Johnson and Ashley Lesniewski (Mount de Sales) combined to throw the 40th no-hitter in program history in the first game of a doubleheader, a five-inning 10-0 victory over Rutgers-Newark.
Baratti favored in $100,000 Private Terms Stakes
Bruce Wagner Maiden winner Baratti is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the $100,000 Private Terms Stakes at Laurel Park. Ten horses are entered in the 11/8-mile test, the eighth race on today's 10-race card. The Medaglia d'Oro colt started twice for Kiaran McLaughlin, breaking his maiden at Aqueduct in front-running style in January. Mike Luzzi was aboard and will ride again in the Private Terms. Joint Custody (7-2) is the most accomplished runner in the field, with four wins in seven starts, including two stakes wins and two stakes seconds. The Jerry Robb trainee won the Marylander Stakes and Maryland Juvenile Championship last fall, then placed in the Miracle Wood in his 3-year-old debut Jan. 25. Wesley Ho, will be aboard for the seventh straight start, Classic Giacnroll (5-1), who finished third to Joint Custody in the Marylander, his only visit to central Maryland for trainer Lisa Guerrero. Kid Cruz (6-1), with rider Julian Pimentel, beat maiden claimers in his second start and was claimed by Linda Rice. He returned with a second place finish around two turns against allowance runners at Aqueduct. Julian Pimentel picks up the mount on the son of Lemon Drop Kid. Roman Fire (8-1) is 2-for-4 lifetime for Tony Dutrow, with two wins at a mile at Parx Racing sandwiched around a strong second at Laurel going 11/16 miles to end 2013. Alex Cintron is his new rider. Rounding out the 3-year-olds are Matuszak (12-1), Mr. Rover (12-1), Starry Moon (15-1), Elevated (20-1) and Kobel (30-1).
Loyola High alum Clark wins junior golf scholarship
Ian Clark (Loyola High) was selected as a recipient of the Tony Marlowe Junior Golf Scholarship, the Middle Atlantic PGA announced Friday. Clark, a freshman at Virginia Tech, will receive $10,000 toward his college education. Clark maintained a 4.11 GPA at Loyola and scored a 1490 out of 1600 on his SAT. He was a four-year letter winner on the golf team and played in the No.1 spot during his junior and senior year; making All-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association as a senior. Over the summer, he was a regular participant on the MAPGA Junior Tour, as well as in Maryland State Golf AssociationMSGA, WMGA and Baltimore Interclub events. Clark also was on the high school varsity cross country and volleyball teams. He also participated in the Pinkard Scholars Program at St. Mary's Seminary and University and was an Ignatian Scholar and AP Scholar with Distinction. An active member of his church, Clark is an usher, a nursery volunteer, and a member of the youth group. He also volunteered last summer for the First Tee of Baltimore at Clifton Park Golf Course.
Ravens: Secondary coach Steve Spagnuolo attended Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward's campus Pro Day workout Friday, according to a source. Ward ran the 40-yard dash in an unofficial 4.47 seconds. Jones has a small fracture in his foot that rendered him unable to work out at the NFL scouting combine in February. He's scheduled to undergo surgery soon and will likely have a screw inserted into his foot with the expectation that he'll be cleared medically later this spring.
Ravens cheerleading: The Ravens will host auditions for their 2014 cheerleading squad today and Sunday at the Downtown Athletic Club. Today's registration will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15, and material will be taught from 10:20 to 11:50. Auditions will begin at noon today and run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, go to BaltimoreRavens.com/Cheerleaders.
—From Sun staff and news services