PGCC AD wins award, Lady Bulldogs split softball doubleheader

JoAnnRogersTodaroBALTIMORE—Prince George’s Community College Athletics Director Jo Ann Rogers Todaro was given the Mary Ellen Leicht Service Award at the NJCAA meeting on April 5.    


She has worked at the school for 33 years and served as the athletic director since 2005. Todaro began the women’s soccer team and was the coach from 1997-2004. Since she took over as the athletics director, the Owls have captured 11 NJCAA Region XX championships – led by five from men’s basketball – with nearly 100 student-athletes earning NJCAA All-America honors.  

Todaro now is the MD JUCO treasurer. She is also been the NJCAA Region XX women’s chair since 2005 and also is on national committees.    

She is the third person from the school to get the Service Award. Ronald Mann and Jack Cistriano split the honor 14 years ago.    

This is given to someone – usually not an athlete, who has been determined to have helped with contributions to the world of two-year college athletics at the national level for a more extended period.


Bulldogs split doubleheader

Bowie State University won the first game of a softball doubleheader on April 6 against Virginia Union University. The Bulldogs scored a 4-2 victory in that Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Northern Division contest.  

After that, the Panthers split the doubleheader with a 10-3 victory in the nightcap.    

The split left the Bulldogs 8-13 overall and 3-1 in Northern Division play plus 5-5 in CIAA action.    

Bowie State used three runs in the third inning of the first game to grab a 4-1 lead. Morgan Powell started the third with a double and came in from second on Nicoleen Ochoa’s bunt single.    

Ochoa then stole second base and moved to third on a wild pitch. Jacqueline Pickering followed up with a sacrifice fly and Jaelyn Belt later added an RBI single for the three-run lead.    

Ochoa got the win - pitching all seven innings and allowing the two runs on six hits. She also struck out six and walked five.    

Virginia Union took command early in the second game, scoring 10 runs in the first two innings and knocked out starting pitcher Powell. For Bowie State, Tiffany Bearns drove in all three runs, posting a two-run double and a sacrifice fly.    

The Panthers took an early lead by scoring three runs off of Powell, but Bearns’ two-run double cut the lead to 3-2 after that.    

Virginia Union answered with seven runs in the top of the second inning to break the game open.    

Bowie State was also scheduled to play a home doubleheader against East Stroudsburg State University the day before but that got canceled.


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