April 20, 2023 college roundup
CLARION, GANNON SPLIT
Clarion and Gannon split a doubleheader, with Clarion winning the first game 6-3, and Gannon winning the second game, 8-5.
In Game 1, Clarion’s Scott McManamon homered and drove in a pair of runs, while Punxsutawney grad Daren Byers was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Michael Proios allowed three runs in five innings in getting the win. McDowell grad Jared Bielanin was 1-for-3 with an RBI for Gannon.
Gannon led throughout in Game 2, scoring four runs in the first inning. Bielanin was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, while Kieran Gagnon was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Dylan Crowley allowed one earned run in five innings to get the win, striking out five. Caden Contant drove in three runs for Clarion.
GROVE CITY SWEEPS SAINT VINCENT
Grove City swept Saint Vincent by scores of 9-4 and 9-8.
Senior pitcher Tate Ostrowski pitched into the ninth inning in Game One to earn his seventh victory of the season. Ostrowski (7-1) struck out 10 men while allowing three runs and five hits over eight innings.
Senior catcher C.J. Saylor gave Grove City a 1-0 lead in the second inning when he scored on a wild pitch. He then sparked Grove City’s four-run fourth inning by hitting a leadoff home run to left field. Saylor and Markus Williams both went 3-for-5 in the win.
Grove City trailed 2-0 in Game Two, rallied to take a 4-2 lead, only for Saint Vincent to reclaim a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Grove City stormed back to lead 9-6 in the eighth inning, then held off another Saint Vincent rally.
Saint Vincent scored twice in the bottom of the eighth and had the tying run at second base with one out. That is when senior Noah Cyphert (Kittanning, Pa./Armstrong) entered from the Grove City bullpen to make his second collegiate pitching appearance. The right-hander recorded a foul out and after an error in the infield that put the go-ahead run on base, Cyphert forced Alex Hess to fly out.
In the ninth, Cyphert retired the Bearcats in order to secure his first collegiate save.
Sophomore pitcher Evan Umland earned the win by pitching five innings. Umland yielded five runs in his stint. Sophomore Isaiah Zuchowski pitched 2 1/3 innings of relief and allowed a pair of earned runs.
The Wolverines took their first lead of the nightcap by scoring four times in the fourth inning. Sophomore DH David Leslie scored on a sacrifice fly from junior second baseman Lucca Baccari (Irwin, Pa./Penn-Trafford), trimming the lead to 2-1. Vittone singled in Williams with the tying run while Minnich broke the tie with a two-run single that scored Vittone and sophomore left fielder Nico Rodriguez.
GANNON, CLARION SPLIT DH
Gannon and Clarion split their softball doubleheader, with Gannon winning Game 1, 10-6 and Clarion winning Game 2, 5-2.
In Game 1, Jules Ryan, Abbey Girman, Lea Coffman, and Hannah Neal all homered for Gannon, while Karns City grad Ashley Fox was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Gabi Vasi got the win in relief, allowing one run in 3 ⅔ innings and striking out six. Karns City grad Alyssa Stitt had a double and two RBIs for Clarion, while Clearfield grad Emma Hipps took the loss, allowing six runs in 3 ⅓ innings.
In Game 2, Clarion rallied from a 2-0 deficit, scoring three runs in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth. Brooke McCanna drove in a pair of runs for Clarion, while McDowell grad Rachel Helsley and Amber Gilliam had one RBI each. Tori Matrano was 2-for-3 with a double and a run. Megan Anderson got the complete game win, allowing one earned run on three hits, walking one, and striking out three. Josie Spano was 2-for-3 with an RBI for Gannon. Spano took the loss, allowing three runs in 3 ⅓ innings.
TRACK AND FIELD
JOHN PAPA INVITATIONAL
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Slippery Rock University men’s track and field team recorded 32 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference qualifying marks, three NCAA provisional marks and eight event wins at the John Papa Invitational hosted at SRU’s William Lennox Track Thursday.
The meet featured 10 college teams and just shy of 500 total student-athletes for what was the second of four home meets this spring for Slippery Rock.
The highlights of the day all came in the field, where Bradford grad John Eakin won the shot put with a season-best to improve on his NCAA qualifying mark, Dan Hyatt won the pole vault with a career-best effort while reaching the NCAA provisional standard for the first time this spring and Joshua VanDeMark won the hammer throw with a career-best effort while reaching the NCAA standard for the first time this spring.
Eakin took the top spot in the shot put with a throw of 17.63 meters, improving on his previous season-best of 17.40 meters. That improvement moves Eakin up to No. 11 among all Division II throwers this spring. Seaton Wozniak and Joshua Rohland also both hit the PSAC mark in the event with Wozniak placing second with a throw of 15.59 meters and Rohland finishing sixth with a mark of 14.63 meters.