* WHO: Sean Fleming.
* SPORT: Baseball.
* HIGH SCHOOL: Loudoun Valley, 1996 graduate.
* UPDATE: Completed his junior year at North Carolina Wesleyan, in Rocky Mount, N.C. Led the Bishops (42-9) to NCAA Division III championship June 1 by pitching seven scoreless innings in a 1-0 victory over St. Thomas (Minn.). In the tournament, the 6-foot-1, 170-pound right-hander posted a 2-0 record with a 0.00 ERA, struck out 15 in 16 innings and was named to the all-tournament team. Finished the season with a 10-1 record. Is spending the summer in Rocky Mount, working in the pro shop at North Green Country Club and also helping his baseball coach, Charlie Long. Will pitch for the Wilmington Sharks in the Coastal Plain League, a collegiate wood-bat league.
WHAT WAS THE DEFINING MOMENT OF THE NATIONAL TOURNAMENT FOR YOU?
"Winning the first game, because that set the tone for everything. [Fleming pitched a complete game, yielding four hits, in an 8-1 victory over Brandeis May 28.] I had pitched all year, but I was throwing in a lot of relief situations. So coming into the tournament with a lot of relief appearances and not extra starts, and starting the first game -- that was kind of big. I wasn't real nervous, because it was our third year being there in the tournament. The whole team was relaxed, and winning that first game kept us relaxed."
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION ABOUT DIVISION III BASEBALL?
"Everybody thinks that Division III is nothing [compared with Division I]. The difference between Division I and III is the pitching. In Division I, you have some guys who are throwing 90, 90-plus [mph]. There might be a few more hitters [in Division I] who can really crush the ball, but you also see Division III hitters who hit the ball hard, too."
WHAT WAS THE TOUGHEST TRANSITION TO MAKE FROM HIGH SCHOOL TO COLLEGE BASEBALL?
"With the level of hitters you see [in college], you have to know how to pitch. In high school, I had two or three pitches -- basically fastball, curve and change. I hit my spots pretty well in high school, but I came down here and learned that I have to hit my spots all the time. I developed a slider my freshman year [of college], and that's become my best pitch."
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO AFTER COLLEGE?
"I'm double majoring in business administration and accounting, and I'm going to try to get my CPA. If I get my CPA, I'd like to get into accounting and work in the front office of a professional baseball team. But if I have the chance to play baseball after college, I'd definitely do it. I'd play until I couldn't play anymore. If I don't play baseball, I'd pick up golf [he is a 6-handicap golfer]. I've thought about taking the PAT -- the playing ability test -- to become a golf pro, but I haven't had the time."
CAPTION: Sean Fleming, a 1996 graduate of Loudoun Valley High School, is playing college baseball at North Carolina Wesleyan, which won the Division III championship June 1.