IUP ROUNDUP: Crimson Hawks inch closer to .500
Rick Jones hit a two-run home run to highlight IUP’s three-run seventh inning, and the Crimson Hawks inched closer to the .500 mark with a 3-2 win over Penn State Greater Allegheny in a non-conference baseball game at Consol Energy Park in Washington on Tuesday.
After dropping five straight games between March 1 and 10 — all against nationally ranked opponents during a brutal early-season part of their schedule — the Crimson Hawks have won two games in a row to improve to 5-6.
IUP mustered just one hit through the first six innings and entered the seventh trailing 1-0 before getting things together.
Ryan Uhl led off the inning with a double, and Jonathan O’Neill brought him home with an RBI single to tie the game. Jones then homered to put IUP ahead, 3-1.
PSU Allegheny added a run in the bottom of the seventh, but got no closer.
Uhl finished 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and Chris Calliari was 2-for-4.
Senior Jared Weed got the start for IUP, but he didn’t figure in the decision. He lasted four innings and gave up six hits, one walk and one run while striking out five.
Zach Chinchilla earned the win with three solid innings of relief. He gave up one run on three hits and a pair of walks. Austin Mock threw two scoreless innings to earn the save, the ninth of his career. The win was the 198th for IUP eighth-year coach Jeff Ditch, leaving him two shy of becoming the first coach in school history to reach 200. He owns a 198-218-1 overall record.
IUP’s scheduled doubleheader at Millersville today has been pushed back to Thursday.
LACROSSE: Florida Southern scored six goals over the final three minutes, including the game-winner with one second to play, to beat IUP, 16-15, in Lakeland, Fla.
After taking a 15-10 lead on Kim Hooven’s third and final goal with 3:00 to play, IUP fell apart.
Florida Southern (7-1) scored two goals just 11 seconds apart to get within 15-12 with 2:31 to play. The Mocs added two more goals in the next minute, to pull within 15-14 with 1:31 remaining. They tied it with 45 seconds to play, and Megan Asper scored the final of her game-high five goals in the final second to seal the win.
Hooven, Michelle Zakrzewski and Drew Hayden scored three goals apiece for IUP. Brittney Palardy and Amy Weinberg had two goals each, and Sarah Ward and Brenna Gallagher had one apiece.
Palardy added four assists and finished with a team-high six points.
IUP (2-2) faces Rollins on Thursday to wrap up its three-game spring break Florida trip.
TENNIS: The IUP women continued their weeklong spring break trip to Florida with a 9-0 win over Minnesota State Moorhead in Tampa, the Crimson Hawks’ second dominant win in three days.
They didn’t drop a set against the Dragons, winning all six singles matches in straight sets. Tanya Timko won 6-0, 6-1; Abby McCormick won 6-4, 6-2; Sophie Butland won 6-2, 6-1; Erika Schnaas won 6-0, 6-1; Rachel Wood won 6-2, 6-1; and Alanna McFail won 6-0, 6-1. Timko and McCormick won 8-4 at the No. 1 doubles spot, Schnaas and Butland also won by an 8-4 score while Wood and Ranvita Mahto won 8-3.
On Sunday, the Crimson Hawks kicked off their spring break with an 8-1 win over Hillsborough Community College. Butland dropped the first set, but she came back to win 6-7, 6-2, 10-5. In another three-set marathon, McCormick lost despite a dominant opening set, 6-0, 5-7, 8-10. IUP’s No. 1 player, Timko won 6-2, 6-1. Wood (6-3, 6-0), Schnaas (7-6, 6-3) and McFail (6-1, 6-0), also posted straight-set wins against HCC. In doubles play, Timko and McCormick won 8-3 at the No. 1 spot, Schnaas and Butland won 8-4, and Wood and Mahto won 8-1.
IUP (6-3) plays Rollins today in Winter Park, Fla.