DeLoatch and Hart Earn Student-Athlete Of The Week Honors

May 9, 2000

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Candyce DeLoatch (Pittsgrove, N.J.) and Joe Hart (Walkersville, Md.), members of the women's track team and baseball team, respectively, have been named student-athletes of the week by the Maryland Department of Athletics for the week of May 8-12.

DeLoatch, a senior, won the 400 meters for the third time at the Georgia Invitational last weekend. Her time of 53.97 seconds earned her a first-place finish. DeLoatch has had a spectacular outdoor season. She has placed first in the 400 two additional times, and broke the school record in the 200 meters as she finished first with a time of 23.95 seconds at the Terrapin Invitational. The previous school record was 24.17 seconds.

Additionally, DeLoatch has qualified for the ECAC Championships in the 200 and the 400, and has reached the provisional qualifying mark for the NCAAs in the 400. She also anchored the 4x400 relay team that took second at the Alabama Relays. DeLoatch took second in the 400 and third in the 200 at the ACC Championships, as the Terps placed third, which marked their highest ACC finish since 1987. She also earned All-ACC honors.

Hart, a senior left-handed pitcher, has been named ACC co-pitcher of the week after his first career complete-game shutout against NC State last Friday. He allowed no runs on seven hits and struck out two batters in nine innings. The Terps' 3-0 win over the Wolfpack marked Hart's second complete-game victory. His first came in Maryland's 4-2 win over Virginia on April 28.

This season, Hart leads all Maryland pitchers with a 4.04 ERA and 73 strikeouts. He has pitched a team-leading 82.2 innings, and has tallied a 4-6 record. His 4.04 ERA is the lowest ERA for a Maryland starter this late in the season since the 1993 season when Pat Baker ended the season with a 3.53 ERA. Additionally Hart is the first pitcher to throw two complete games since 1997 when Brandon Agamennone threw three complete games.

This week marks the second time DeLoatch has received student-athlete of the week honors, and the first time for Hart. DeLoatch is a biology major and Hart is majoring in finance.