IUP ROUNDUP: Tennis team bows out in round of 16
SURPRISE, Ariz. — The Sweet 16 hasn’t been very sweet to the IUP women’s tennis team.
Making their third straight appearance in the round of the 16 at the NCAA Division II Women’s Tennis Championships, the Crimson Hawks bowed out in the same round for the third consecutive season with a 5-1 loss to Southwest Baptist on Wednesday.
IUP earned its lone point Wednesday when Abby McCormick and Alanna McFail posted an 8-1 win at the No. 3 doubles spot.
IUP ended the season at 19-8, a mark that included a 14-match winning streak after starting the season 3-6.
BASEBALL: The IUP baseball team placed five players on the All-PSAC West Division first team, the most of any school in the conference. No other team in the PSAC West had more than two players on the first team.
Earning first-team selections were Stephen Cooke, as a starting pitcher, Troy Foster at designated hitter, Brett Quiggle as a utility player, Robbie Zinsmeister at second base and Dylan Tice, who earned the at-large infielder bid to make the team.
A senior and two-time selection to the All-PSAC West first team, Cooke wrapped up one of the best individual pitching careers in IUP history.
He leaves the program ranked first all-time in appearances (69) and wins (23), second in innings pitched (223) and strikeouts (248), ninth in ERA (3.23) and tied for 10th in complete games (13).
This season, he went 8-2 with a 2.00 ERA, six complete games and four shutouts, while setting a single-season school record for strikeouts with 99.
He also recorded a stretch of 32 2-3 scoreless innings at midseason, setting a conference record.
Zinsmeister will go down as one of the most accomplished hitters in school history.
He ranks first with 200 appearances and 693 career at-bats; second with 187 runs scored, 231 hits, 47 doubles, 371 total bases, 87 walks and 75 steals; and third with 124 RBI and 21 triples.
This year Zinsmeister led the team with 49 runs scored, 14 doubles and seven triples, and tied with Quiggle and Tice for the team-lead with five home runs. He was also 20-for-20 stealing bases this season.
A burly senior, Foster was fourth on the team with a .336 batting average. He had nine doubles and 22 RBIs, and he reached base in 25 straight games in one stretch.
Another senior, Quiggle was among IUP’s best power hitters. He led the team with a .366 batting average, .584 slugging percentage and tied for the team lead with five home runs.
He did most of his damage in PSAC West play as IUP barely missed out on the playoffs. He hit .397 with all five of his home runs, 20 RBIs and a .714 slugging percentage in 20 division games.
A sophomore shortstop, Tice led the team with 67 hits, five home runs and 42 RBI, while finishing second with a .362 batting average and 13 doubles. He had 20 multi-hit games and 13 multi-RBI games.
LACROSSE: A day after landing three players on the all-region team, the IUP women’s lacrosse team swept the PSAC season awards Wednesday.
The most prolific scorer in program history, senior Alexa Lodovici was named the PSAC Athlete of the Year, teammate Drew Hayden was named the PSAC Freshman of the Year, and fifth-year coach Mindy Richmond was named the top coach after leading IUP to the most successful season in school history.
This is the first time an IUP player has garnered either the athlete or freshman of the year awards, and it’s the second coach of the year award for the program.
Colleen Berlin, Taylor Norwood and Paige Beierschmitt were also named to the first team, giving IUP four first-team selections, the most in the conference.
Lodovici finished her career with 175 career goals and 292 career points, ranking first in school history in both. Her 125 assists rank second in IUP annals. She broke her own school records with 55 goals and 101 points this year, and she led the PSAC in points per game and finished second in goals.
Hayden finished third on the team with 33 goals and fifth with 35 points.
A junior, Berlin earned her first All-PSAC honor after finishing second on the team with 47 goals and 51 points. Her 128 career goals are fourth all-time at IUP, and her 145 career points are fifth.
A defensive specialist, Norwood earned her second first-team selection. She finished third in Division II with 2.06 caused turnovers per game. She is already IUP’s all-time leader with 79 career caused turnovers.
Beierschmitt is also a two-time first-team selection at defender. She finished third in the league with 2.81 ground balls per game.
Richmond earned her first coach of the year honor after leading the Crimson Hawks to a 13-3 season, during which IUP posted its first-ever playoff win over Gannon in the PSAC quarterfinals.
Under Richmond’s direction, the Crimson Hawks broke or tied 10 school single season records, including most goals scored (263), fewest goals allowed (131) and lowest goals against average (8.19).
On Tuesday, Lodovici was named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association South Region first team, and Berlin and Norwood were named to the second team.