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IUP ROUNDUP: Cooke stays red-hot for Hawks

by The Indiana Gazette on March 30, 2013 11:00 AM

Stephen Cooke fired his second straight complete-game shutout to lead the IUP baseball team to a doubleheader split at Mercyhurst in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Division action Friday.

After seven scoreless innings, IUP broke through with a three-run eighth to win the opener 3-0, and the Crimson Hawks dropped the second game, 3-2.

Cooke yielded just three hits and one walk while striking out 10 batters in eight innings, and he has thrown 18 consecutive scoreless innings dating to his start at Chowan (N.C.) on March 15.

After mustering just three hits through the first seven innings of the opener, IUP began the eighth inning with three straight singles off Mercyhurst starter Dan Altavilla.

The third of those hits, an RBI single from Dylan Tice, broke the scoreless tie and gave IUP a 1-0 lead.

After a Mercyhurst pitching change, Aaron Lupia greeted reliever Cam Knott with a two-run single that gave Cooke a three-run cushion. Tice finished 2-for-3.

Cooke improved to 5-1 while lowering his ERA to 1.93.

In the second game, IUP picked up where it left off in the opener, plating two first-inning runs for an early 2-0 lead.

But the Crimson Hawks didn’t generate any more offense, as Mercyhurst scored a run each in the second, fifth and sixth innings to pull out a split.

Brett Quiggle went 3-for-3 for IUP in the second game, Tice was 2-for-3 and Lupia recorded his third RBI of the twinbill with a run-scoring groundout in the first inning.

Kyle Zambanini (4-2) got the start for IUP, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks.

IUP (12-8, 1-1 PSAC West) and Mercyhurst played another doubleheader in Erie.

TENNIS: Katie Eaton scored a three-set win in the last match of the day to lift IUP to a 5-4 win over Grand Valley State in a non-conference women’s tennis match at the Tow Path Tennis Club in Akron, Ohio on Friday.

The Crimson Hawks (9-6) have won six straight matches and will play host to Edinboro on Saturday afternoon.

With the match knotted 4-4, Eaton defeated Niki Shipman, 6-1, 4-6, 7-5, in No. 1 singles play.

Ranvita Mahto and Tanya Timko each added wins in singles play for IUP. In doubles play, the team of Timko and Emilia Osborne notched a win, and the team of Eaton and Erika Schnaas followed suit.

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