IUP BASEBALL: Hawks salvage split
ABERDEEN, Md. — After struggling to get much going in the first three games of the four-game weekend set, IUP’s offense broke out in a big way to cap a disappointing weekend on a positive note.
IUP bounced back from a 17-1 loss in the first game of Monday’s doubleheader with East Stroudsburg to win the second, 10-2, and earn a split of a PSAC crossover twinbill at the Ripken Baseball Complex and avoid a winless weekend.
After mustering just four runs in the first three games of the weekend set, IUP topped that output in one inning in Game 2 against East Stroudsburg. IUP scored five runs in the fourth inning to take a 6-0 lead, and the Crimson Hawks made sure there would be no comeback with a four-run seventh that made it 10-2.
Dylan Tice finished 4-for-5 with four RBIs, Chris Calliari was 2-for-5 with an RBI, and Hunter Bigler was 1-for-3 with two RBIs.
Scott Hess hit a sacrifice fly in the second to give IUP the early 1-0 lead.
In the fourth, Bigler hit a two-run single with two outs after an error kept the inning alive. Two batters later, Tice hit a two-run double, and Ryan Uhl followed with a run-scoring single.
Tice added a two-run single in the four-run seventh.
Zach DeTillio went 4 1-3 innings, giving up four hits, two runs and three walks with two strikeouts to earn his first win of the year.
The opener against East Stroudsburg was a tight affair until the fifth inning, when the Warriors scored five times to break a 1-1 tie and take a 6-1 lead. ESU added four runs in the sixth and plated seven runs in the seventh.
Kyle Zaorski went five innings and gave up six hits and six runs (one earned) to take the loss and drop to 1-2 on the season.
Aaron Lupia and Matt Eperesi went 2-for-3 each to lead IUP’s offense. Eperesi drove in the lone run, delivering a two-out RBI single in the second for a 1-0 lead.
A day earlier, IUP dropped both ends of a doubleheader with Shippensburg in Bel Air, Md., 5-2 and 3-1.
Since opening the season 3-1, IUP has dropped five of six games, all against nationally ranked teams.
East Stroudsburg was ranked No. 2 in the Atlantic Region and No. 20 in Division II.
Shippensburg has been ranked in the top 10 nationally and tops the Atlantic Region rankings.
A week earlier, IUP lost a doubleheader against Wilmington (Del.), ranked 20th nationally and second in the East Region.
IUP (4-6) plays Penn State Allegheny in Washington, Pa., on Monday.