Mercyhurst baseball swept a doubleheader from Clarion on Monday, winning Game 1, 11-10 in 11 innings and Game 2, 13-1.
Harbor Creek grad Cody Smith was the Game 1 winner and Warren alum Ryan Rafalski was the Game 2 winner.
Smith pitched a pair of shutout innings to get the win in Game 1 with a strikeout. Warren grad Mitch Grosch delivered the game-winner on an RBI double in the 11th inning. Grosch finished 2-for-6, while McDowell grad Chris Juchno was 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs and Harbor Creek grad Lucas Folmar was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Daren Byers drove in three runs for Clarion.
In Game 2, Rafalski pitched four strong innings, allowing just one unearned run, striking out three, and allowing five hits.
Offensively, the Lakers scored seven runs in the fourth inning. Fomar was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs, while Juchno was 2-for-5 with an RBI, McDowell grad Luke Jackson 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and Grosch 1-for-2 with an RBI and run scored.
CLARION/CAL SPLIT SOFTBALL DH
Clarion University split a softball doubleheader with Cal (Pa.), winning the first game 5-1 and losing the second game, 6-2.
Clearfield grad Emma Hipps was the winner in Game 1, tossing a complete game, scattering nine hits, walking two, and striking out five. Karns City grad Alyssa Stitt was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Game two was all about Cal’s Alyssa Rose, who drove in four runs and was also the winning pitcher. Rose went the distance, allowing two runs on five hits, walking three, and striking out four.
GROVE CITY COLLEGE SOFTBALL SWEEPS FRANCISCAN
Clarion grad Kaitlyn Constantino and Sharon grad Miranda Metro got the wins in the circle as Grove City College swept a doubleheader from Franciscan, 17-0 and 11-3.
In the 17-0 win, Constantino pitched a pair of scoreless innings to get the win with a pair of strikeouts. Maci Linhart and Emily Smyth homered to lead the offensive outburst.
In the 11-3 win, Metro tossed six innings, allowing three runs and striking out six. Clarion grad Noel Anthony was 2-for-4 with a double and a pair of runs scored, while Michaela Ban was 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.