March 11, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

500 CLUB: Mary Washington sophomore right-hander Chris Anderson notched his first collegiate victory in a 5-4 win over Frostburg State on March 10, helping head coach Tom Sheridan to reach a milestone.

Sheridan, who has coached the program since its inception 21 years ago, collected his 500th career victory as he improved his all-time record to 500-215-3.  He ranks 27th on the winningest active coaches list by victories in Division III.

START ME UP: Millsaps is off to its best start in school history with a 17-1 record after extending its winning streak to 11 straight with an 11-4 victory over Mississippi College on March 10.

Senior right-hander Drew Maddox picked up his team-leading fourth victory of the year in seven innings of work, two days after tying the school record for career saves with 10 in a 10-7 win over Austin College on March 8.  Maddox leads the staff with 10 appearances this season.

The Majors moved up to No. 12 in the latest NCBWA poll on the merits of their lengthy winning streak. 

SOMETHING'S BRUIN: George Fox is in the midst of a nine-game winning streak following a four-game sweep of Lewis & Clark College last weekend as the Bruins remained in first place in the Northwest Conference standings with an 8-0 mark.

Senior third baseman Pat Bailey batted .533 against the Pioneers, driving in 10 runs on eight hits, including three home runs and two doubles.  The native of Highland, Utah, leads the Bruins with six homers and a .857 slugging percentage on the season, and is one of five players on the team batting over .400.  Bailey was named NWC Player of the Week for his contributions.

NOTABLE:  Elmhurst College opened the season with a 12-0 victory over Concordia University (Wis.) on March 1 as junior Cody Boals tossed the program's first no-hitter since the 1999 season.  The junior from Orangeville, Ill., struck out 12 batters in the complete-game seven-inning victory, earning College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin Pitcher of the Week honors in his first appearance at Elmhurst ... Stevenson University stretched its winning streak to six games as the Mustangs topped Lynchburg, 8-6, on March 10.  Senior Max Eckert went 3-for-4 with three RBI, a double and a game-winning two-run blast in the fifth inning.  Eckert's four home runs are the only round-trippers by a Stevenson player this season ... Junior Matt Lingo sparked Rutgers-Newark to a 3-1 opening weekend as he batted .467 with two homers, five RBI and six runs scored for the Scarlet Raiders.  The first baseman from Mechanicsburg, Pa., recorded game-winning hits in each of the two victories over SUNY Purchase, earning New Jersey Athletic Conference Player of the Week for his efforts ... No. 1 Salisbury swept Mary Washington in three games last weekend to stay on top of the NCBWA Division III rankings for the third consecutive week.