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Area roundup - Hiser honored by Big East

March 16, 2004

COLLEGE BASEBALL



University of Pittsburgh senior P.J. Hiser, a South Hagerstown High grad, was named the Big East Player of the Week on Monday.

Hiser played in all seven of Pitt's games last week, starting six as either an outfielder or designated hitter and one as a pitcher as the Panthers went 6-1.

Hiser was 10-for-22 at the plate with two home runs, a triple, two doubles and eight RBI, and he went 5-for-5 in steal attempts. He also picked up a pitching victory in a 6-3 win over Iona, striking out eight batters in seven innings.

Hiser leads the Big East in homers (four) and slugging percentage (.879) and for the year is batting .394. On the mound, he's 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA and a team-high 18 strikeouts.

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Shepherd 2, Oswego 0


SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Charlie Drummond hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning to lift Shepherd College to a win over SUNY-Oswego.

Shane Wines had two hits for the Rams (6-6), while Austin Bowie picked up his first win of the year and Drummond pitched the final frame for the save.




PREP BASEBALL



SJPH 12, Archbishop Spalding 2


FREDERICK, Md. - Mark Hammond and Brendan Gilligan each homered for St. John's at Prospect Hall as the Vikings scored nine runs in the first two innings of their season opener.

Jeremy Hess had two hits for St. John's-PH.




RUNNING



Spences shine in Charm City


BALTIMORE - Steve Spence, 41, of Shippensburg, Pa., topped a field of roughly 2,000 runners to win the Shamrock 5K on Sunday.

Spence, a 1992 Olympic marathoner, broke the tape in 14 minutes, 46 seconds - a masters course record, 1 second off the overall course record and 23 seconds ahead of runner-up Eric Estrada, 32, of Parkville, Md.

Spence's 13-year-old daughter, Neely, placed fourth overall in the female division in 17:45.

Naoko Ishite, 35, of Silver Spring, Md., ran a course-record 16:37 to win the female division. Hagerstown's Maria Spinnler, 42, was the second master and seventh overall in 18:01.




COLLEGE TRACK



Routzahn ties for ninth at nationals


WHITEWATER, Wis. - Frostburg State freshman Anna Routzahn, a 2003 Frederick High grad, tied for ninth place in the women's high jump in 5 feet, 3 1/4 inches at the NCAA Divison III Indoor Championships this past weekend.

Routzahn, who had a qualifying mark of 5-6, missed All-America honors by one place.

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