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IUP ROUNDUP: Hawks sweep Clarion in baseball

by The Indiana Gazette on April 14, 2013 1:30 AM

IUP cranked out 11 extra-base hits and allowed only two runs in a sweep of Clarion, 12-2 and 10-0, in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Division doubleheader at Dougherty Field on Saturday.

The Crimson Hawks pounded out 29 hits, including seven doubles, two triples and two home runs.

Three IUP pitchers combined to scatter 12 hits and record 18 strikeouts.

IUP improved to 18-13 overall and 4-6 in the PSAC West, and Clarion fell to 1-25 and 1-13.

The first win of the day gave coach Jeff Ditch his 183rd career victory, the most in school history. The previous mark was held by Arch Moore.

Stephen Cooke picked up the win in the opener and improved to 6-1. He allowed eight hits and struck out seven in six innings. His scoreless innings streak came to an end at 32 2-3 in the fourth.

IUP scored four runs in the first on Dylan Tice’s sacrifice fly, which followed Robbie Zinsmeister’s leadoff triple, and a three-run double by Aaron Lupia.

Ryan Uhl hit a two-run homer during a three-run third.

IUP tacked on two runs in the fifth and three in the sixth. Tice and Lupia stroked RBI singles and Austin Mock delivered a sacrifice fly.

In the second game, IUP scored all 10 runs in the first four innings.

Tice and Brett Quiggle hit RBI singles in the first, and Zinsmeister drove in a run with a triple in the second.

Quiggle homered in the third and drove in run with a single in the fourth. Uhl smacked a run-scoring double, and Jordan DeLuca had a sacrifice fly in the fourth.

Kyle Zambanini went the distance in a three-hit shutout and improved to 6-1. He struck out 10 and walked four.

Quiggle and Zinsmeister combined to go 10-for-15 on the day. Troy Foster and Lupia each had four hits, and Tice and Mock had three apiece. Lupia and Tice each drove in four runs.

IUP plays host to Clarion again today at 1 p.m.

LACROSSE: Alexa Lodovici scored five goals and handed out three assists to lead IUP to its 10th straight win to start the season, 13-6 over Mercyhurst in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference match in Erie on Saturday.

IUP, 10-0 for the first time in school history, is 7-0 in the conference. Mercyhurst fell to 10-3 and 5-2.

Colleen Berlin scored three goals, and Drew Hayden, Amy Weinberg, Brittney Palardy, Alex Edwards and Sarah Ward also scored.

IUP led 7-3 at halftime and then took control with a 6-1 burst in the second half.

Chelsey Hipp notched the win in goal, making four saves in 35 minutes.

IUP plays host to Kutztown on Saturday.

TENNIS: IUP beat West Virginia State, 7-2, in a matchup of two of the top teams in the NCAA Division Atlantic Region on Saturday.

IUP (15-6) entered the match ranked second, and West Virginia State (16-7) was third. The top two teams in the Atlantic Region after conference tournaments are awarded first-round home matches in the regional tournament.

Tanya Timko and Emilia Osborne teamed up for a doubles win, and Abby McCormick and Alanna McFail followed suit.

In singles, Timko, Osborne, Ranvita Mahto, McCormick and Katie Eaton won.

IUP’s seniors, Eaton and Osborne, were honored prior to the match. In their four seasons, they have helped IUP to a 75-30 record, three NCAA tournament bids and two appearances in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship match. In addition, Eaton leads holds the school record with 172 wins in singles and doubles combined, and Osborne is second with 169.

IUP plays host to Mercyhurst in the PSAC tournament on Tuesday.

SOFTBALL: IUP split a pair of games at Kutztown, winning the opener 5-3 and dropping the second game 7-2 in a PSAC doubleheader Saturday.

In the opener, all the game’s runs were scored in the first inning.

IUP’s Ashley Strack opened the scoring with a single, and Allison Viguers and Kaylee Prendergast followed with back-to-back RBI doubles. Stef McCoy and Jen Beaver capped IUP’s scoring with an RBI apiece.

Tara Senn picked up the win, allowing seven hits and striking out three. She yielded only three hits after the first inning.

In the second game, Kutztown jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and IUP never recovered.

Senn pitched three innings and took the loss.

Mary Ward and Prendergast hit RBI doubles for IUP. Ward finished 4-for-4.

IUP (18-11) plays at Wheeling Jesuit (W.Va.) on Tuesday.

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