Tom Abatemarco, recruiting specialist on Lefty Driesell's Maryland basketball coaching staff, by way of St. JOHN'S (N.Y.), Davidson and Iona, bounces along, at age 31, now to assist Charlie Moir at Virginia Tech.

After two years in the Terp program, Abatemarco says in the release from VPI, "Coach Moir reminds me of Lou Carnesecca under whom I coached at St. John's. Both have been so successful" . . . Driesell will adjust, neatly, by moving able Sherman Dillard, who otherwise might have left his staff, up a notch to fill Abatemarco's shoes. . .

They're picking up tonight where they left off, with "Play ball!"

"It's incredible. From the reaction, this has to be the sporting event in the country on this particular day. We've got someone from every major daily on the East Coast. We'll be broadcasting to Boston, Baltimore, Chicago. . . We've had 50 requests for credentials and probably 50 more reporters on top of those will show up at the park."

All this for Rochester Red Wings at Pawtucket Red Sox? Yes, with the Wings, Baltimore's Triple-A affiliate, coming to bat in the 33rd inning.

The quotes are from Mike Tamburro, Pawtucket general manager, as professional baseball's longest game, a living collector's item, resumes from where it ws suspended at 4:07 a.m. April 19 with a 2-2 score (after the umpires let play run past 12:50 IL curfew because their crew chief "read the league manual for umpires front to back and there's nothing about a curfew"). . .

Sorry, Charlie: another International League story.

For a little while there, the strikebound Indians envisioned baseball Thursday in Cleveland's vast Municipal Stadium: their Charleston farm club versus the Mets' Tidewater Tides. For this first use during the strike of a major league park for a minor league contest, majorish prices, $5 and $3.50, were set, but Indian Preident Gabe Paul said all receipts would have gone to Charleston. It won't happen. The players voted not to play. Whether their big-league brethren influenced them went unstated. . .

So the grabby Montreal Alouettes couldn't quite wean Virginia's Tom Vigorito away from Miami, which tapped him in round five of the NFL draft. vOh well. The CFL team landed fresh company for Vince Ferragamo, White Shoes Johnson and pals yesterday by signing David Overstreet -- first pick (13th overall) of the Dolphins! Two-year guaranteed contract for the 7.2-yard-a-carry Oklahoma Sooner. . .

The soccer Diplomats yesterday signed their first-round draftee and made him NASL's youngest known player: defenseman Robert Zipp, 17, two-time Parade high school all-America from Seattle. The 5-11, 165-pound athlete has practiced with Washington for some time; dresses for Wednesday night's Jacksonville game in RFK. . . The Potomac Kickers came in third in the weekend's McGuire Cup soccer tournament at Omaha, edging Saratoga, Calif., 3-2, on penalty kicks in the consolation final. . . U. of Virginia is happy over landing high-scoring, all-Met Annandale H.S. striker Brian Vernon. . .

Satan's Mercy , a new 58-foot cutter sailed by A.C. Herrington of the nation's capital (according to word from the destination), broke up and sank in the Atlantic as storms hit the yacht race from Marion, Mass., to Bermuda Sunday night.Finish line officials were informed that a competitor, Windborne , sailed by A.M. Rapoport of Bridgeton, N.J., picked up the eight crew members from one life raft 330 miles north of Bermuda. . .

The Montreal Expos have signed first- and second-round June draftees Darren Dilks, Oklahoma State pitcher of College World Series note, and Mike Fuentes, Florida State outfielder who set a college career home run reord (64); assigned them to Class AA and A, respectively . . . Fuentes' schoolmate, all-America football noseguard Ron Simmons, a Cleveland Brown prospect, pleaded no contest in a Tallahassee court yesterday to a stolen property charge in connection with department store looting by an ex-teammate and drew a year's probation. . .

The Home Plate Club has had to postpone its toast to marvelous Mike Vlahos, Mr. Clark Griffith League baseball, at testimonial dinner Friday night in Arlington. Vlahos is hospitalized again (GWU), possibly facing another operation. That had to take some glow off the Griffith League all-star game on tap last night at George Mason.