Terps make long-awaited return to NCAAs

May 26

Following a 43-year absence, the Maryland baseball team is headed back to the NCAA tournament. The Terrapins (36-21) are the No. 2 seed in the Columbia (S.C.) Region and will face third-seeded Old Dominion (36-24) on Friday at 1 p.m.

The pairings were announced Monday. South Carolina is the top seed in the regional bracket and will face fourth-seeded Campbell at 7 p.m. The winner of the four-team double-elimination regional faces the winner of the Charlottesville Region in Super Regional play June 6-9.

Virginia (44-13), the No. 3 overall seed, will open tournament play at 2 p.m. Friday against Bucknell in the Charlottesville Region. Arkansas and Liberty will play at 7 p.m.

Oregon State (42-12) was tabbed as the No. 1 overall seed for the tournament, followed by Florida (40-21). Indiana is seeded fourth, Florida State fifth, Louisiana-Lafayette sixth, TCU seventh and LSU eighth.

COLLEGE Tennis

Virginia sophomore Danielle Collins beat California’s Lynn Chi, 6-2, 7-5, in a matchup of two unseeded players in Athens, Ga., to become the Cavaliers’ first NCAA women’s singles champion.

Collins, Virginia’s first woman to advance as far as the national quarterfinals, won 11 straight points in the second set to rally from a 5-3 deficit.

“I never thought that I’d get to the finals,” Collins (36-10) said. “It’s unbelievable.”

Chi finished 38-11.

Collins led Virginia to its first Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title last month, after the Cavaliers tied for the regular season championship.

Marcos Giron of UCLA beat Pepperdine’s Alex Sarkissian, 6-4, 6-1, for the men’s national singles title.

COLLEGE GOLF

Virginia junior Denny McCarthy (Georgetown Prep) finished sixth at the NCAA golf championships in Hutchinson, Kan., the second-best finish in the program’s history by an individual competitor.

McCarthy shot even-par 70 during the final round to finish at 4-under-par 206 over 54 holes, two shots back of leaders Cameron Wilson of Stanford and Ollie Schniederjans of Georgia Tech.

Wilson sank a birdie putt on the third playoff hole to win. The event was shortened to 54 holes due to weather delays during the first three days.

Misc.

Christine Nairn scored a tiebreaking goal from 30 yards in stoppage time as the Washington Spirit beat the Houston Dash, 3-2, in a National Women’s Soccer League match before 2,865 at Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds.

Nairn — a three-time first-team All-Met from Spalding High School who starred at Penn State — smashed a left-footed shot from well beyond the penalty area to the top far corner for her second goal of the season.

The Spirit (4-4-1) moved into fifth place in the nine-team league. The Dash fell to 1-7-1.

Diana Matheson and Jodie Taylor scored in regulation for Washington, which will visit the Boston Breakers (1-6-0) on Sunday.

— Steven Goff

Lindsay Whalen scored 22 points as the Minnesota Lynx beat the Chicago Sky, 75-72, in a showdown of unbeaten WNBA teams in Rosemont, Ill. . . .

Ryan Hunter-Reay’s narrow Indianapolis 500 win brought him a $2.49 million payday.

The overall purse was $14.23 million. The winnings were announced Monday night.

Hunter-Reay edged Helio Castroneves by 0.060 of a second Sunday in the second-closest margin of victory in history.

— From news services

and staff reports

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