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THE REVIEW/John Schneider

Hen catcher Kelley Wilson awaits a throw that never got there

in Towson's 21-9 drubbing of Delaware Monday.

PORTS- PLUS

Towson hammers

Hens in ECC finals

by Jon Springer

Sports Editor

TOWSON, Md. -Needing

only one game to clinch the

East Coast Conference Championship

on Monday, Towson

State University wasn't about

to let the Delaware baseball

squad get to the final game.

Indeed, Towson almost

didn't let the Hens get out of

the fourth inning.

The Tigers scored in all but

two innings while handing

Delaware a humiliating 21-9

loss, and capturing the ECC

Championship in front a

delighted Burdick Field

crowd.

The Tigers slugged 23 hits

off four Delaware pitchers,

while Towson hurler Jay Eck

pitched a complete game,

despite giving up more than a

few longballs.

But the fourth inning was

just about all the Tigers needed

to eliminate the visiting

Hens.

Towson sent 14 batters to the

plate and put nine runs across

in the fourth frame, aided by

a homer, seven hits and four

Hen miscues. .

After loading the bases off

Hen hurlers Bill Brakeley and

Glenn Oniedas, Tiger Mike

Wlazlak grounded a doubleplay

ball to Delaware second

baseman Lenny Richardson.

Richardson bobbled,

recovered, but overthrew first

Hen defense intense

But offense q.uiet in Blue-White game

by Ken Kerschbaumer

Assistant Sports Editor

A bit of Hawaii came to the

university on Saturday as the

Delaware Football team held

their annual intrasquad Blue­

White game at Delaware field

before 2,534 sun-baked fans.

With temps in the high 70s

and the sun beating down from

above, the only difference between

this game and the Pro­

Bowl is that there weren't men

and women clad in beach wear

running all over the stands like

in Aloha Stadium.

Well, you can't have

everything.

But the important thing here

-unlike Hawaii -wasn't the

fans in the stands as much as

the play on the field.

And the play? Outstanding

at times and horrible at times.

Coach Tubby Raymond said it

best as far as how the team

looks:

"I would hate to start the

season next week," he said

after the game. .

The White team defeated the

Blue team 21-7 in a game

which featured strong defensive

efforts by both squads as

they combined for 11 total turnovers

and allowed only 510

yards in total offense.

Leading the way for both

defensive units was the play of

the White team's front line of

Mike Miller, Rob McMullen,

John Levelis, and Mike Renna.

Shutting down the Blue offense

was something they did easily,

picking up four sacks and

"holding" the Blue running

backs to minus 27 yards.

"Miller and McMullen

played best on the front," said

defensive coordinator Ed

Maley. "Intensity and movement

was good."

On the negative side for the

Hens' defense was the

coverage underneath by the

defensive backs. They held

their own agaiQst the deep

pass but they had difficulty

picking up tight end John

Yergey and defending the

·screen or short pass.

Passes thrown over 20 yards

were rarely . caught and

resulted in four interceptions,

two by freshman redshirt Jay

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baseman Pete Laake.

Laake then made an errant

throw to the plate. The three

errors on the play allowed

three runs to score and landed

'Wlazlak on third.

That play merely opened the

flood gates. Towson's Dave

Cassard followed with a tworun

homer, and another error

by Delaware third baseman

Tim Sipes put the Hens in

deeper trouble. Still no outs.

Delaware stopper Bob

Koontz was called on after an

out and another single. The

junior gave up three more hits

before finally ending the

nightmarish inning.

"We can always score runs

in this park," said Richardson

of the Tiger fourth. "We just

had to keep them off the

scoreboard."

It simply didn't happen.

The fourth inning may have

been the biggest blow, but it

was by no means the only one.

The Tigers batted around

again in the seventh, scoring

four runs on six hits to add insult

to insult.

The only consolation

Delaware could find on the day

were six homeruns from

Laake (with twQ), Heath

Chasanov, Dave Birch,

Richardson and Randy

Simmons.

Five of the six Hen dingers

were solo shots, as Richardson

and Simmons sent Eck's first

deliveries over the fence, and

Chasanov and Laake hit consecutive

homers in the ninth.

But Eck proved capable of

getting the outs when he had

to, and his teammates offered

all the support a pitcher could

ask for.

"We thought we could win

the tournament when we went

into it," said Laake, "But

when it came down to crunch

time, they were the better

team."

The Hens began the tournament

with a 13-5 win over

Rider Saturday, and after falling

to Towson 2-1 in the winner's

bracket,- slammed surprise

entrant Hofstra University

13-5 to advance to the

finals.

Towson's Chris Nabholz and

Delaware's Joe Laznik collided

on the mound Sunday, but

the Hens suffered the greater

damage.

A fourth-inning solo homer

from Towson's Tom Milliman

broke a 1-1 tie and spelled the

difference in the game.

Delaware's loss immediately

pitted them against a

hungry Hofstra team, fresh off

an 8-6 eliminating upset of

Rider earlier in the afternoon.

Delaware muscled 17 hits

(including seven for extra

bases) off three Hofstra

hurlers. Third baseman Tim

Sipes (three RBI) and

Richardson ( 4-for-5 with a solo

home run) led the Hens.

Hen quarterback Craig McCoy suffered a subpar spring game.

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