IUP BASEBALL: Crimson Hawks sweep twinbill
FREDERICK, Md. — Led by stellar pitching — something IUP sorely lacked in its last game — the Crimson Hawks baseball team bounced back from a frustrating season-opening weekend with a pair of victories Saturday.
Senior Stephen Cooke fired a complete-game, one-hitter in a 13-0 win over Bluefield State in the second game, and IUP dispatched West Virginia Tech, 6-2, in a morning game to snap the three-game losing the Crimson Hawks carried into the weekend.
Cooke allowed a leadoff single to Bluefield State, then retired 21 straight batters in a dominating performance. He struck out eight batters and needed just 78 pitches to get through seven innings.
Offensively, sophomore infielder Dylan Tice led the Crimson Hawks while continuing his torrid start to the season. He went 9-for-10 on the day, including 5-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs scored against Bluefield State.
Tice entered the weekend with a team-leading .529 batting average (9-for-17) and .882 slugging percentage.
Kyle Zambanini started the first game against West Virginia Tech, a 9-inning game, and yielded three hits in six scoreless innings to pick up the win.
Robbie Zinsmeister went 4-for-8 with two RBIs and five runs scored on the day. Jordan DeLuca was 3-for-7 with two RBIs, and Jordan Giannini went 2-for-4 and had two RBIs.
IUP was coming off a disappointing season-opening weekend a week earlier, when the Hawks went 1-3, blowing late leads in two games and allowing 25 runs in their last game of the trip.
IUP plays Davis & Elkins at Frederick, Md., today.