MILLERSVILLE — The IUP baseball team might be the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference’s top hitting team entering the weekend, but the Crimson Hawks got it done with dazzling pitching Friday afternoon.
Stephen Cooke fired his second complete-game shutout of the season as IUP edged Millersville, 1-0, in the first game of a doubleheader, and Kyle Zambanini followed it up with his own gem in a 5-1 victory in the second game.
The top two pitchers at the top of IUP’s starting rotation, Cooke and Zambanini gave up just eight hits and didn’t yield an earned run in 14 combined innings.
Cooke gave up four hits and two walks in seven innings in the opener, but the senior made things interesting in the final inning.
Zambanini also gave up four hits in seven innings and an unearned run in the second inning, and he extended his streak to 26 1-3 innings without having allowed a walk.
Zambanini gave up three walks in four innings in his first start of the season against Concord on Feb. 23.
After falling behind 1-0 in the second inning of the afternoon game, IUP surged into the lead with a four-run fifth inning.
After Millersville intentionally walked IUP’s leading hitter, Dylan Tice, to load the bases in the fifth, Ryan Uhl delivered a bases-loaded two-run single to give IUP a 2-1 lead.
The Crimson Hawks added two more runs in the inning, on an error and a groundout, and Troy Foster added a two-out RBI single in the seventh to push the lead to 5-1.
Foster finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Uhl was 1-for-3 with two RBIs and scored a pair of runs.
In the opener, the Crimson Hawks plated a run in the top of the seventh to break a scoreless tie. Tyler Mroz led off the inning with a single, Jordan DeLuca pinch-ran for Mroz and scored on Robbie Zinsmeister’s two-out RBI single to left field.
But Cooke made things interesting in the bottom half of the inning.
He gave up a leadoff single to Millersville’s Jeff Heisey to start the inning, and Heisey reached third following two groundouts.
Cooke hit the next batter to put runners on first and third with two outs, but he then got Tyler Orris to ground out into a fielder’s choice, and IUP hung on.
IUP totaled only six hits in the opener while limiting Millersville to four.
IUP and Millersville will play another twinbill at Millersville today due to unplayable conditions at IUP’s Dougherty Field.
TENNIS: IUP won its second straight match in convincing fashion, rolling past William Jewell College (Mo.), 8-1, at Hilton Head, S.C.
After taking two of three doubles matches to start the day, IUP swept all six singles matches, highlighted by Abby McCormick’s three-set comeback win.
After dropping the first set, McCormick rallied for a 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 win.
Winning singles matches in straight sets for IUP were Katie Eaton (6-0, 7-6), Tanya Timko (6-1, 6-1), Emilia Osborne (6-3, 6-1), Erika Schnaas (6-4, 7-5) and Ranvita Mahto (6-3, 6-0).
William Jewell, a Division II school entered the match with a 12-1 record, with the Cardinals’ lone loss coming to Nebraska Kearney, a program that reached the Division II Sweet 16 last season.
LACROSSE: IUP improved to 3-0 to start the season with another dominant win, a 22-8 thrashing of Lenoir Rhyne (N.C.). No further details were available at press time.
IUP has scored 15 or more goals in all three victories, and the Crimson Hawks have outscored opponents 62-22.
SOFTBALL: IUP ran its winning streak to four games with a doubleheader sweep of Indiana Tech as the Crimson Hawks wrapped up play at the National Training Center Spring Games.
IUP (10-5) won the first game 4-0 and the second 5-2. No further details were available.