IUP’s offense woke up from its recent slump, and the Crimson Hawks scored 11 runs to sweep Edinboro in a PSAC softball doubleheader Saturday at Podbielski Field.
Playing their home opener nearly two months after they began their season, the Crimson Hawks rolled in the first game, 7-0, and won the second game, 4-3, on Ashley Strack’s game-ending RBI double in the eighth inning.
Entering the weekend, IUP had scored just two runs in losing three of its previous four games.
In the first game, the Crimson Hawks scored three runs with two outs in the third inning.
Jasa Mitchell reached on an error with two outs, leading to three unearned runs for IUP. Strack highlighted the inning with a two-run single.
IUP tacked on three more runs in the fourth and another in the fifth.
In the fourth, Stef McCoy hit an RBI double and Stef Poates drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in runs, and McCoy rounded out the scoring with a run-scoring single in the fifth.
McCoy went 3-for-4 to lead IUP, and Mary Ward and Allison Viguers each went 2-for-3. McCoy and Strack finished with two RBIs apiece.
Alexa Campbell threw her third complete-game shutout of the season for IUP, giving up six hits in seven inning. She had three strikeouts and no walks while improving to 9-6.
In the second game, IUP fell behind 3-0 in the first inning. With a runner on second and two outs, the Fighting Scots got back-to-back singles, a hit batter and another single to score all their runs.
IUP tied the game with a three-run second, during which Allison Viguers hit an RBI single, Christi Mauk drove in a run on a fielder’s choice and McCoy added her second RBI double of the day.
The game remained tied at 2 until Strack’s game-ending hit in the eighth.
Mitchell went 2-for-4 in the second game, and Kaylee Prendergast was 2-for-3.
Tara Senn earned the win in the second game for IUP, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks in eight innings.
IUP (13-8) welcomes Clarion today for a doubleheader.
LACROSSE: After trailing at halftime for the first time all season in their previous game, the Crimson Hawks needed no comeback dramatics in a 16-8 win over East Stroudsburg on Saturday that capped a 2-0 weekend and extended the best start in school history to 8-0.
IUP built a 9-4 halftime lead, scored the first six goals of the second half to take a commanding 15-4 lead and never looked back.
Alex Edwards and Drew Hayden each scored three goals to lead IUP. Alexa Lodovici, Michelle Zakrzewski, Colleen Berlin and Tara Nicholas added two goals apiece.
Brittney Palardy and Sarah Ward each added a goal.
IUP outshot the Warriors, 42-13, and forced 32 turnovers.
IUP welcomes Slippery Rock on Tuesday.