IUP ROUNDUP: Cooke sets PSAC scoreless innings mark
Stephen Cooke entered his latest start having thrown back-to-back complete game shutouts, and while what he did Friday won’t count as his third straight such effort, it was arguably an even better one.
The No. 1 pitcher on the IUP baseball staff, Cooke started the first game of Friday’s doubleheader at Gannon and threw 11 scoreless innings, setting a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference record for consecutive scoreless innings in the process.
IUP (14-11, 1-4 PSAC West) eventually lost the opener, 1-0, in 14 innings, but the Crimson Hawks bounced back to win the second game, 4-0.
A senior, Cooke has thrown 29 1-3 consecutive scoreless innings dating to his start at Chowan (N.C.) on March 15.
He kept Chowan scoreless for the final 3 1-3 innings of that start and threw two complete-game shutouts in his two starts prior to Friday.
Cooke needed 114 pitches to get through 11 innings on Friday, allowing eight hits and one walk while striking out eight.
“He didn’t want to come out,” IUP coach Jeff Ditch said. “He started fighting me in the 10th inning when I went to get him. He was fighting me in the 11th when I tried to pull him. He’s that kind of kid.
“He was just on. We just couldn’t even get him a run.”
The Crimson Hawks batted 6-for-44 as a team and had more than one base runner in only the 13th inning, when Brett Quiggle walked and Austin Mock singled with two outs to put runners on first and third.
A bright spot for IUP was Dylan Tice, who went 3-for-6 to finish with half of the Crimson Hawks’ hits, and his two doubles were IUP’s only extra-base hits.
Gannon (13-9, 7-3) won it on a two-out RBI double from Nico Baldelli that scored Shayne Herold, who singled with two outs to start the rally.
Kyle Zaorski took the loss for IUP.
Kyle Zambanini followed Cooke with a gem of his own in the second game, firing a five-hit shutout. He went seven innings and yielded one walk while striking out three.
Zambanini improved to 5-1, matching Cooke’s record.
Mock hit a two-run home run in the second inning to give IUP a 2-0 lead, and Robbie Zinsmeister hit an RBI single in the two-run fourth. Mock finished 1-for-3.
Ryan Uhl went 3-for-3 and Zinsmeister was 2-for-4.
Mock, Uhl and Zinsmeister accounted for all six of IUP’s hits in the second game.
With the win, IUP coach Jeff Ditch became the second coach in program history to reach 180 career wins, but it came on the same day he reached 200 losses.
He is two wins away from Arch Moore’s school record of 182, and he could reach it in the Crimson Hawks’ home opener Sunday, when they welcome Gannon for another doubleheader.
LACROSSE: The Crimson Hawks extended the best start in school history with a come-from-behind 13-10 win over Bloomsburg to improve to 7-0.
Trailing at halftime for the first time this season, IUP clamped down on defense and outscored the Huskies 7-3 in the second half to overcome a one-goal halftime deficit.
The second half didn’t start well as IUP allowed a goal just 13 seconds in and fell behind by two goals, 8-6.
But the Crimson Hawks responded by scoring the next six goals and kept Bloomsburg scoreless for a stretch of 19:02 to take a 12-8 lead with about 10 minutes to play.
Bloomsburg scored the next two goals to close within 12-10, but that’s as close as the Huskies got.
Colleen Berlin scored five goals to lead IUP, and Alexa Lodovici had four. Sarah Ward, Alex Edwards, Drew Hayden and Brittney Palardy added a goal apiece.
Chelsey Hipp played the entire game and earned the win in goal.
TRACK AND FIELD: The IUP men’s and women’s track and field teams tallied three individual wins and three conference qualifying times at the Slippery Rock Open on Friday.
For the men’s team, Victor Costello and Jeremy Claypoole picked up wins in the 1,500 and the long jump, respectively. Brooke McDaniel led the women’s team by winning the 400.
McDaniel notched qualifying times in the 300 and the 200, and Claypoole secured a qualifying mark in the triple jump.