IUP ROUNDUP: Tennis team to play for title
Picking up where it left off Friday morning, the IUP women’s tennis team finished off a 5-0 victory over Kutztown in the semifinals of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday.
The match was postponed due to rain on Friday with the Crimson Hawks leading 3-0.
IUP advanced to championship match to face rival California for the third consecutive season at 11 a.m. today at the Maple Street Courts on campus.
Ranvita Mahto picked up the first victory Saturday, getting a 6-0, 6-2 win over Chelsea Davis. Emilia Osborne then clinched the match with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Tori Zander.
California has won the last two PSAC title matches against IUP, 6-1 last year and 5-0 in 2011.
In the men’s championship match at 1 p.m. today at IUP, Edinboro plays Kutztown.
Lacrosse team suffers first loss
The IUP lacrosse team suffered its first loss of the season, 15-8 to West Chester, at Miller Stadium on Saturday.
IUP reeled off a school-record 11 wins to start the season. The Crimson Hawks fell to 8-1 in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and tumbled into third place. West Chester leads at 8-0.
Colleen Berlin scored three goals for IUP. Sarah Ward, Brittney Palardy, Alexa Lodovici, Amy Winberg and Michelle Zakrzewski also scored for IUP.
Chelsey Hipp and Kaitlin Sterling split time in goal for IUP.
IUP plays at Lock Haven on Tuesday.
Athletes claim nine victories
The IUP men’s and women’s track and field teams combined for nine wins, including two from Krista Matsko in the annual Ed Fry Invitational on Saturday afternoon at Miller Stadium.
Matsko won the 100- and 400-meter hurdles, claiming PSAC qualifying times of 15.24 seconds and 1:04.28, respectively.
Laurie Ajavon won the long jump with a leap of 5.88 meters, an NCAA provisional distance. Brooke McDaniel won the 400 (58.41) and Marina Wareham took the 800 (2:21.17).
Jessica Rocco, a Northern Cambria High School graduate, met the NCAA provisional standard in the javelin with a throw of 40.57 meters.
Other PSAC qualifiers were Christina Roberson in the 200 (26.22), Ally Zreliak in the shot put (11.74 meters) and Rocco in the discus (36.23 meters).
On the men’s side, Jared Long, a United High School graduate, won the 400 hurdles with an NCAA provisional time of 52.84.
Spencer Murray took the triple jump (13.37 meters), and Ross Moreau, another United graduate, won the discus (45.84 meters). Both were PSAC qualifying marks.
The 4x100 relay also claimed first place with a time of 44.56.
The men had seven other PSAC qualifying marks, including the 400 tandem of Stephen Deak (49.96) and Troy Zangaro (50.36), and Elijah Williams, who posted a time of 11.21 in the 100.
Moreau (15.37 meters) and Michael Turner (14.50) hit qualifying marks in the shot put, and Garrett DaBella, a Penns Manor graduate, followed suit in the discus with a toss of 40.20. Brandon Ford also recorded a qualifying mark in the triple jump at 13.14 meters.
The Crimson Hawks are back in action next weekend at the Penn Relays and Shippensburg’s Paul Kaiser Classic.
Baseball team splits with Rock
Stephen Cooke pitched a three-hit shutout for a 1-0 win in the opener, but Slippery rock came back to take the second game, 6-5, in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader at Dougherty Field on Satuirday.
Cooke struck out five in his fourth shutout of the season.
IUP scored an unearned run in the sixth to pull out the win.
In the second game, IUP fell behind 4-0 before launching a rally to tie the game. Dylan Tice started the rally with a two-run double, and two more scored on an error. After Slippery Rock regained the lead at 6-4, Ryan Uhl delivered a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Troy Foster finished 3-for-3.
Kyle Zambanini started for IUP and allowed four runs in a no-decision.
IUP is 21-14 overall and 7-7 in the PSAC West. Slippery Rock is 25-15 and 7-7.
The teams play again today at Slippery Rock.
Softball team drops pair
IUP dropped a pair of softball games to Mansfield, 7-6 and 11-4, in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference doubleheader at Podbielski Field on Saturday.
Between games, the Crimson Hawks honored seniors Jen Beaver, Stef Poates and Ashley Strack, who form the winningest senior class in program history, racking up a 127-49-1 record, three straight NCAA tournament appearances and two straight PSAC championships.
In the first game, IUP took a 6-3 lead into the sixth, but Mansfield struck for four runs on two home runs and held on for the win.
Strack started IUP’s scoring with and RBI single in the first and hit a solo home run in the second. She finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Allison Viguers added two hits and two RBIs.
In the second game, Mansfield used a grand slam and bases-loaded double to pull away.
Jasa Mitchell homered for IUP, and Kaylee Prendergast went 3-for-4. Rachel Francis stroked a pair of doubles and drove in a run.
IUP fell to 20-15 overall and 3-9 in the conference.
The Hawks play at Clarion on Tuesday.