University of Virginia junior Mike Papi was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball team for the second straight season. Papi (Tunkhannock) earned the honor as an outfielder last year as a sophomore and earned a spot at first base this season.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder is hitting .289 (57-for-197) with nine doubles, a team-high 10 home runs, 46 runs scored and 47 RBI, the latter two marks also leading the Cavaliers. In the field, he has made just four errors on 456 chances (.989).
Virginia (44-13) is the No. 3 overall seed in the NCAA Division I Tournament starting this week. The Cavaliers are the No. 1 seed in the Charlottesville Regionals and will face No. 4 Bucknell in the first round Friday, the game to be broadcast online by ESPN3. The 30-19-1 Bison are led by senior designated hitter Corey Furman (Wyoming Area), who is hitting .388 (45-for-116) with 24 RBI.
WOTHERSPOON WRAPS IT UP — Matt Wotherspoon pitched his heart out in his final start for the University of Pittsburgh baseball team but it was to no avail. The Panthers were beaten 1-0 by Notre Dame in South Bend. The Fighting Irish had defeated Pittsburgh 3-0 the day before.
Wotherspoon (Crestwood) went 6.1 innings and allowed six hits and one run while striking out seven. He had a stretch of retiring 11 straight batters from innings three through six but gave up three singles in the seventh for the only run of the game.
“Today was especially disappointing because we got our second solid pitching performance in a row,” coach Joe Jordano said. “Matt threw an exceptional game today.”
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior right-hander finished the season with a 5-6 record and a 4.44 earned run average. He made 14 starts and worked 79 innings, giving up 98 hits, 51 runs, 39, earned, with 22 walks and 55 strikeouts. He finished 23-15 for his career.
POLLITT DEFENDS TITLE – For the second straight year, Syracuse junior Donald Pollitt captured the 110-meter hurdles at the ECAC Outdoor Track Championships in Princeton, New, Jersey.
Pollitt (Hazleton Area) posted a winning time of 13.93, short of his winning time in that event in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship earlier this season when he was clocked in 13.81.
As a sophomore, Pollitt took the IC4A title (13.64) and went on to earn All-American honors at the NCAA Division I Championships with a wind-aided time of 13.52.
Pollitt returns to the NCAAs and will compete in the East Regionals starting Thursday in Jacksonville, Florida. He’s seeded seventh in the country.
George Mason senior Mandissa Marshall (Crestwood) will be competing in the pole vault at the East Regionals. She is seeded sixth in the country.
SZPYNDA AN ALL-AMERICAN – Senior Erica Szpynda (Berwick) capped off a standout career with the Widener women’s track team by earning All-America honors in the shot put at last weekend’s NCAA Division III Outdoor Track Championships in Delaware, Ohio. She finished fifth with a personal-record toss of 47-4 ½.
The performance wrapped up a career that brought Szpynda sixth Middle Atlantic Conference titles, five in the shot put and one in the discus throw. She also has a pair of ECAC Division III shot put titles to her credit.
Off the field, Szpynda was named to Widener’s President’s Award and the MAC Women’s Track Scholar-Athlete of the Year. An economics-accounting major, she was a six-time MAC Academic Honor Roll winner and was named to the Dean’s List every semester of her college career.
COLLEY JUST MISSES OUT – Widener junior Gavin Colley (Tunkhannock) just missed All-America honors in the men’s side of last weekend’s NCAA Division III Outdoor Track Championships. Colley finished 11th out of 20 in the 100-meter dash with a 10.76 clocking. He just missed making the eight-man final by 0.07 seconds, the top eight finishers earning All-American honors.
It was Colley’s second straight trip to the Nationals in the 100. He led the Pride to their fifth straight Middle Atlantic Conference title by running a leg on the winning 4x100 relay and finishing second in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes.
KARNOPP FALLS SHORT – Moravian sophomore Ryan Karnopp (Tunkhannock) finished in a tie for 13th in the pole vault at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track Championships. He cleared 15-feet, 7-inches but failed at three chances at the next height (15-11). He was seeded 15th entering the meet. He earned his spot in the nationals with a 15-11 ¼ effort when he captured the event at the ECAC Division III Outdoor Championships a week earlier.
Karnopp had earned All-America honors with a seventh place finish in the Division III Indoor Championships last March.
HOT FINISH FOR SAVAKINUS – The La Salle baseball team finished 14-34-1 on the season but got a big effort from junior Josh Savakinus. Savakinus (Pittston Area/Lackawanna College), wrapped up his first season with the Explorers by going 7-for-13 with three RBI in the team’s final three games against Saint Louis. Prior to that, he hit a pair of home runs in a 9-7 loss to Dayton.
On the season, Savakinus hit .295 (46-for-156) with 10 doubles, two triples and four home runs. He scored 21 runs and had 22 RBI. At second base, he made six errors in 161 chances (.963).
In his two seasons at Lackawanna, the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder was a two time All-Region selection.
VIGNA A SOLID FROSH – Freshman Evan Vigna (Hazleton Area) played and started in 23 games for the Penn College of Technology baseball team. He hit .328 (21-for-64) with eight doubles, 12 RBI and 15 runs scored. In the field, he had just two errors on 104 chances (.981).
The Wildcats finished 22-11 overall and 14-6 in the Penn State University Athletic Conference.
DUO WITH DEVILS – The University of Sciences in Philadelphia men’s golf team wrapped up a limited spring schedule by tying for first place in the recent Swarthmore Spring Meet in Springfield and sophomore Eric Jones (Holy Redeemer) finished 13th for the Devils with a round of 86.
Sophomore Adam Meriesky (Wyoming Valley West) posted a 94 but the score wasn’t counted in the final standings.
MENTION FOR SCIALPI – Freshman Antonette Scialpi (Pittston Area) earned All-Colonial States Athletic Conference honorable mention for her play at shortstop for the Keystone softball team.
Scialpi batted .356 (37-for-104) with four doubles, a triple, eight RBI and 17 runs scored. She picked up a hit in 25 of the 32 games she played and had a 4-for-4 game against Cabrini. In the field, she made eight errors in 109 chances (.927)
MACHALICK MOVED UP – Freshman Alex Machalick (Crestwood) started the season playing No. 5 singles for the Elizabethtown men’s tennis team. After posting a 3-0 record, he moved to No. 4 where he went 5-5. At the end of the season, he was playing No. 3 and was 1-1. He lost his match to Messiah in the Commonwealth Conference Championship to finish 9-6 on the season.
Machalick teamed with junior Michael Cannon of Lancaster to post an 8-4 victory at No. 2 doubles to give the Blue Jays their only points against Messiah. The duo posted a 10-6 record on the season.