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Published: Wed, April 13, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



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Thomas honored

YOUNGSTOWN -- Youngstown State junior Justin Thomas has been recognized as a member of the College Baseball Foundation's National Honor Roll and as the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week for his performance against Cleveland State.

Thomas struck out a career-high 15 batters and did not allow an earned run in Friday's 5-1 victory over Cleveland State.

After allowing an unearned run in the bottom of the first, Thomas struck out 15 of the next 29 hitters, including striking out the side in the ninth, to record his first complete game of the season.

The junior southpaw also struck out eight different Vikings while allowing only four singles. His mark of 15 strikeouts was the most by a Penguin since Barry Daggett fanned 15 against North Carolina A & amp;T on March 28, 1997.

In his last four starts, Thomas is 3-0 and has allowed only five earned runs and struck out 37 hitters in 30 innings pitched. In addition, Thomas moved into third all-time in school history in strikeouts with 214, third place in innings pitched with 2161/3 and fifth place all-time in career starts with 31.

Thomas's mentioning on the CBF's weekly honor roll marks the first time a Youngstown State athlete has earned the distinction.

Megyn Pike to makefootball debut

YOUNGSTOWN -- Youngstown State University student Megyn Pike will make her professional football debut this weekend with the Cleveland Fusion of the National Women's Football Association as they take on the DC Divas in Washington DC on Saturday.

Pike, from Madison, is studying business management with a minor in marketing.

The National Women's Football Association will kick off its 5th season on Saturday. Thirty-six teams from around the country will compete.

AREA

Crowder setshigh jump record

NEWTON FALLS -- Newton Falls sophomore Kelsie Crowder set a school record in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 2 inches at Tuesday's triangular meet at Newton Falls.

Heather Martin set the previous record of 5-1 last year.

Jackson picked

GREENVILLE, Pa. -- For the second straight week, Thiel College senior pitcher Keith Jackson from Salem has been named the Presidents' Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week.

Jackson fired a no-hitter for the Tomcats in a 1-0 win over Bethany College on Saturday, allowing just one walk with five strikeouts in seven innings.

Jackson is tied for the conference lead in wins with five, is first in innings pitched (45.2) and fourth in strikeouts (26). He is 5-1 on the season with a 4.73 ERA.

REGION

Sabathia pitches 5 scoreless innings

AKRON -- Cleveland Indians pitcher C.C. Sabathia allowed two hits in five scoreless innings for Double-A Akron in his final rehab start before his season debut Sunday against Minnesota.

The left-hander struck out four, walked one, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch in the Aeros' 4-3 win over Bowie. In his first outing for the Aeros last week, Sabathia allowed two hits and one earned run in four innings.

Sabathia, who would have been Cleveland's opening-day starter, strained his right side while warming up for a spring training start March 6.

He is scheduled to be activated from the 15-day disabled list to start Sunday in Cleveland against the Twins.

Steelers sign DE Brett Keisel

PITTSBURGH -- Restricted free agent defensive end Brett Keisel signed a one-year contract worth $656,000 with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Keisel, who was used sparingly as a backup to Pro Bowler Aaron Smith last season, tested free agency because several teams are switching to a 3-4 defense. But Keisel said he got tired of waiting for a deal with another team.

Keisel, 26, was the Steelers' final pick in the seventh round of the 2002 draft and has mainly been used on special teams.

Keisel's signing leaves the Steelers with two unsigned restricted free agents, free safety Chris Hope and running back Verron Haynes. Hope and Haynes have until Friday to sign an offer from another team.

If the Steelers don't match any offers, they would receive a third-round draft pick for Hope and a fifth-round pick for Haynes.

NATION

Tyson promisestrain wreck

WASHINGTON -- Mike Tyson hunched in his chair and tapped his 9-year-old daughter's hand while she rested her head on Daddy's ample shoulder. Later, the heavyweight once called "the baddest man on the planet" cuddled his napping son.

"I feel like Mr. Mom," Tyson said, then stomped his foot and smiled at his own joke. Wearing a pinstriped suit, he could have been any family man, albeit one with a tattoo on his face.

Silent and expressionless for the first 15 minutes of Tuesday's news conference to announce his return to the ring, a scheduled June 11 bout at the MCI Center against journeyman Kevin McBride of Ireland, Tyson lit up and laughed when his foe's manager promised an upset.

And from that point forth, Tyson came close to being the Tyson everyone has come to expect: the curiosity that promoters hope can still sell tickets and pay-per-view buys even though he's 38 and lost two of his past three fights.

Staff/wire reports




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