George Washington's baseball team is about to begin its Atlantic-10 Conference schedule this weekend, with a three-game series scheduled against UMass, and it's likely Shane Sweeney will get a chance to pitch.
If the Liberty High School grad throws the ball like he did last Saturday, the Colonials' chances for success seem solid.
Sweeney is coming off a complete-game shutout in George Washington's 12-0 victory over Monmouth in Arlington, Va. The senior left-hander allowed just three hits in his first career complete-game effort, striking out three and walking three. Sweeney worked without runners on base for much of the game, retiring the side in order in the first, third, fourth, and seventh innings.
He allowed a single in the second and two in the fifth, but saw two of those runners wiped out on a double play and a caught stealing.
Sweeney improved to 2-1 (five starts) and lowered his ERA to 2.77. He's holding opponents to a .225 batting average with 20 hits allowed in 26 innings.
The former Times first-team all-county pick (2013) has helped the Colonials to a 9-11 record heading into A-10 play. GW has won six of its last seven, and three in a row, entering Friday's game against the Minutemen.
Sweeney came to George Washington before last year after playing two years at CCBC-Catonsville. Sweeney was an all-academic JUCO selection in both years, and collected 36 strikeouts in 39 innings.
Sweeney went 2-3 with a 4.95 ERA last year with 33 strikeouts in 60 innings (11 starts).
Houck spot on for Leopards
Lafayette's baseball team is struggling to start the season, but senior pitcher Trevor Houck (Westminster) got the Leopards off to a sizzling start in mid-February. Houck tossed eight innings of one-hit ball and led Lafayette past Notre Dame 10-2 in its season opener in San Antonio.
Houck was in control that day and his eight-inning start was a career best. Houck finished with seven strikeouts, and the senior captain was flawless through five innings.
Despite giving up a pair of runs in the sixth, Houck responded by tossing two additional no-hit innings. The Leopards haven't been too successful at 2-18, but Houck has one of their wins.
He earned Patriot League weekly pitching honors for his strong start.
Top honors for LVC's Bost
Lebanon Valley College senior Sammy Bost (Liberty) is one of 50 softball players on the 2017 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III National Player of the Year Watch List.
Bost was one of 10 finalists for the award last season, and one of six NFCA first-team All-America picks from 2016 on the list.
The three-time All-American recently received MAC Commonwealth player of the week honors. Bost helped the Dutchmen to a 6-2 record on a recent road trip to Florida by batting .519 with two doubles, a triple, 13 runs, and three RBIs. She also collected six stolen bases without being caught.
Lebanon Valley is 8-3 heading into the weekend, and Bost is hitting .515 (second best on the team) with a team-best 16 runs scored. Bost adds a .564 on-base percentage and .629 slugging.
A Golden beginning for Maseth
West Chester freshman Emily Maseth (Westminster) is acclimating to college softball quite well. The reigning Times Player of the Year has a .314 batting average for the Golden Rams, with three doubles, one home run, and 10 RBIs.
Maseth is 3-2 with a 3.94 ERA as one of West Chester's two regular starters, with 15 strikeouts in 32 innings
Tigers try to claw Pioneers
Carroll County has solid representation on Towson's men's lacrosse team, which hosts Denver on Saturday in a matchup of nationally-ranked foes.
When the 16th-ranked Tigers host the No. 6 Pioneers, it will mark their first meeting since 2008.
Three former all-county performers are starting for the Tigers — senior attackman Ryan Drenner (Westminster), sophomore defender Chad Patterson (Westminster), and freshman defender Gray Bodden (Winters Mill).
Drenner leads Towson (4-2) in scoring with 20 points (13 goals, seven assists). Patterson had 12 groundballs and six caused turnovers, and Bodden has 12 grounders and one caused TO.
All three players have started every game for the Tigers this season.