IUP ROUNDUP: Lacrosse team drops match on senior day
The IUP women’s lacrosse team celebrated Senior Day on Saturday, but there ended up being little to be happy about.
Visiting West Chester came away from George P. Miller Stadium with a 14-13 win, which knocked the Crimson Hawks (11-4 overall, 9-2 conference) out of first place in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.
The highlight for IUP came from sophomore Drew Hayden, who scored five goals, the last of which helped her break the school’s single-season record for goals, set last year by Alexa Lodovici. Hayden now has 56 goals on the year. Brittney Palardy also scored five goals for IUP, and Kim Hooven, Sarah Ward and Michelle Zakrzewski had one each. Goalies Katie Davis and Chelsey Hipp combined to stop nine shots.
Prior to the game, the Crimson Hawks celebrated their 11 seniors, a group that has helped IUP to its best four-year stretch in school history with 46 wins and a soon-to-be third PSAC tournament appearance.
SOFTBALL: The IUP women’s softball team split a doubleheader with Gannon on Saturday, winning the opener, 4-3, but falling in the nightcap, 3-2. The loss in the second game brought an end to IUP’s nine-game winning streak. The Crimson Hawks are now 23-11 overall and 16-6 in the PSAC West.
In the opener, starting pitcher Alexa Campbell picked up her fifth straight win to improve to 10-6. She struck out six and allowed three earned runs in her 15th complete game of the season. Stefanie McCoy drove in the eventual winning runs with a bases-clearing double in the fifth inning.
Amanda Spindler took the loss for IUP in the second game. She allowed two earned runs in 4 1-3 innings.
BASEBALL: Against host Gannon, the IUP baseball team came away with a split during a PSAC doubleheader on Saturday.
The Crimson Hawks won the opener, 3-2, but lost the second game, 12-9.
John Beatty scored the game-winning run in the opener on a fielder’s choice, and the second game two featured a seven-run sixth inning by the Crimson Hawks (14-21, 8-14).
Kyle Zaorski went the distance in the first game. He struck out seven and allowed five hits and two earned runs in seven innings.
The seven-run inning in the sixth inning of the second game came with the Crimson Hawks behind, 10-2. Rick Jones blasted a double, bringing home Mike Lupia and Beatty, who had led off the inning with a single and walk, respectively. Two batters later, Calliari walked, and Dylan Tice drove in Beatty on a single to left. Austin Mock kept things going with a single to left, bringing home Calliari and Jones to make it 10-6.
After a single by Uhl to load the bases, O’Neill walked to bring another run home. Mock scored as a fielder’s choice got O’Neill out at second and then Uhl came come home on an error by the shortstop.