IUP ROUNDUP: Hawks sweep Lock Haven again
LOCK HAVEN — Brett Quiggle had the game-winning RBI single in the opener and was the winning pitcher in the second game as the IUP baseball team swept Lock Haven on Saturday afternoon.
IUP won close games by scores of 4-3 and 6-5.
The doubleheader sweep was the second straight for the Crimson Hawks over Lock Haven as they won all four during the weekend. They won Friday by scores of 4-2 and 8-7.
With the victories IUP improved to 25-20 overall and 11-9 in the PSAC West, tied with Slippery Rock for the final conference playoff spot.
Quiggle finished the day 3-for-8 at the plate with three RBIs. He pitched the final three innings of the second game and allowed two hits and no runs.
Kyle Zaorski picked up the complete game win, improving to 3-4 after striking out five and giving up five hits in seven innings.
In the second game, and with the score tied at 5-5, Quiggle stepped on the mound for IUP in the eighth, holding Lock Haven scoreless as the Crimson Hawks took a 6-5 lead with an RBI single by Rick Jones that scored Jordan DeLuca. The Bald Eagles put runners on the corners with one out in the bottom half, but Quiggle forced a 6-4-3 double play to end the game.
The Crimson Hawks will play host to Shippensburg on Tuesday.
Softball takes sweeps pair
LOCK HAVEN –— It took extra-innings in both games but IUP came out on top twice, defeating Lock Haven, 3-2 and 11-8, in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference softball action on Saturday afternoon.
Game one went 10 innings while game two was finished in eight.
The Crimson Hawks improved to 24-15 overall and wrapped up PSAC Central play with a 7-9 record.
Allison Viguers had the game-winning hit in game one, smacking a single up the middle that brought Kaylee Prendergast home from third after starting the inning on second with the international tiebreaker.
Lock Haven advanced its runner to third with a sacrifice bunt in the bottom half, but IUP starter Tara Senn forced two pop outs to wrap up the win.
The Crimson Hawks held an 8-7 lead in game two but Lock Haven scored on a wild pitch with two outs in the seventh to send it to extra innings.
It was the top of the eighth with two outs when IUP did all of its damage, starting with a double to left center by Mary Ward. She scored on a single by Ashley Strack, who would then come around after a base hit by McCoy. Meghan Carney helped make it three runs in the inning by reaching on a Lock Haven error, scoring McCoy.
After a leadoff single by Lock Haven in the bottom half, Senn retired the next three batters to secure the win.
Stef McCoy finished the day 4-for-8 with four RBIs. Jasa Mitchell and Stef Poates each had three hits, including two doubles by Poates.
The Crimson Hawks will wrap up their season today with a doubleheader at Mercyhurst.
Lacrosse wins on senior day
Alexa Lodovici scored seven goals and Kaitlin Sterling had nine saves to help the IUP lacrosse team score an 18-10 victory over Gannon in the regular-season finale on Saturday at Miller Stadium.
The victory on Senior Day was also the first ever in program history over Gannon, which had won each of the previous 15 meetings.
Lodovici’s seven goals were a career high. She added three assists for a total of 10 points. Sterling played the entire game in the net, facing a season-high 21 shots.
The Crimson Hawks wrapped up the regular season with a 12-2 overall record and they earned the third seed in next week’s PSAC tournament.
Colleen Berlin and Michelle Zakrzewski added three goals apiece for the Crimson Hawks while Brittney Palardy had two.
The two teams will play again next Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the PSAC tournament.
Tennis team wins opener
Abby McCormick scored a three-set win in singles play to help lift IUP to a 5-3 victory over Shaw in the first round of the NCAA Division II women’s tennis championships on Saturday at the Maple Street Courts.
McCormick defeated Michelle Hart 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, sending the Crimson Hawks to the next round.
IUP, the second seed in the Atlantic Region, came out of doubles play with a 2-1 lead after grabbing wins at the second and third spots.
McCormick and Alanna McFail teamed for an easy 8-0 win over Desiree Bell and Menel Bencheikh, while Tanya Timko and Emilia Osborne defeated Claudia Silva and Gislaine Farias, 8-5. Hart and Jessica Medina got the best of Katie Eaton and Erika Schnaas, 8-6, in the first doubles match.
The Crimson Hawks picked up a pair of quick shutout wins in singles play to stretch their lead to 4-1. Ranvita Mahto defeated Bencheikh, 6-0, 6-0, and Schnaas beat Bell, 6-0, 6-0. Shaw rallied with two wins to narrow the score to 4-3: Medina defeated Timko, 6-0, 6-2, and Farias picked up a 6-4, 7-5 win over Osborne.