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Area Roundup

March 12, 2007

COLLEGE BASEBALL



U Conn-Avery Point 4, HCC 0 ,Oakton (Ill.) 4, HCC 3

COCOA, Fla. - Errors were the undoing of the Hagerstown Community College baseball team in a pair of losses on Sunday.

In the nightcap, the Hawks took Oakton (Ill.), the No. 11-ranked team in NJCAA Division II, to extra innings only to have an eighth inning error decide the game.

It came after two errors in the first provided UConn-Avery Point with one of its two first-inning runs in a shutout loss.

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HCC (1-3) used an RBI grounder by Jason Gorgner to tie the game at 3-3 in the sixth to catch Oakton. But Oakton drew a two-out walk off reliever Kyle Cronister, stole second base and scored on an infield error to get the winning run.

Roland Thiele put the Hawks on the scoreboard with a two-run single in the third. Tyler Beard had two hits, while starting pitcher Adam Thomke went six innings, allowing three runs on six hits and striking out four.

In the opener, Matt Murray led HCC with two of its five hits.




RUNNING



Spence tops 5K

BALTIMORE - Neely Spence, 16, of the Cumberland Valley Athletic Club, took first place among 2,917 entrants in the Kelly St. Patrick's Day Shamrock 5K.

Spence, who attends Shippensburg High School, bested the field with a time of 17:20. She was 13 seconds ahead of second-place Erin Swain, of Clifton, Va.




PRO GOLF



Grier finishes 36th

LAKELAND, Fla. - Hagerstown's Ashley Grier tied for 36th position in the season-opening Duramed FUTURES Classic on Sunday.

Grier finished the three-day event with a 3-over par-75 that left her at 222 and 6-over for the tournament, which was won by Lori Atsedes, of Ithaca, N.Y. Grier's first two rounds were 73 and 74.

Grier won $540.

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