As the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Crimson Hawks baseball team looks ahead to the off-season, Head Coach Jeff Ditch and the rest of the team get set to say goodbye to arguably two of the best Crimson Hawk players in program history in starting pitcher Stephen Cooke and outfielder/second baseman Robbie Zinsmeister.
In team sports, you never want to put yourself in a position where you have to rely on another team to help you get where you want to go. Friday and Saturday, the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Crimson Hawks found themselves in that position, hoping that Gannon would win more games than Slippery Rock in their weekend series so that the Crimson Hawks would secure the final Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference playoff spot.
Playing their first nine-inning game in nearly three weeks, the Crimson Hawks fell flat on their collective faces Tuesday, falling 11-0 to Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference opponent Shippensburg in a PSAC East-West crossover matchup. The loss drops Indiana University of Pennsylvania to 25-21 on the season.
In a weekend series in which the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Crimson Hawks desperately needed to bounce back against Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference opponent Lock Haven, IUP’s utility man, Brett Quiggle, came up with timely hitting and shut- down pitching, helping them sweep the Bald Eagles.
The Indiana University of Pennsylvania Crimson Hawks (21-20, 7-9) can’t seem to catch a break lately. Unfortunately, the Crimson Hawks were swept in the four-game series against Bloomsburg by scores of 6-5, 10-6, 11-5 and 3-0. In the first set of games Tuesday, the Crimson Hawks held the lead late in both games, but things came apart on the mound, allowing the Huskies to mount a comeback and steal both games.
With a four-game Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference matchup against Slippery Rock, the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Crimson Hawks needed a strong showing to continue their climb in the West standings. Unfortunately, the Crimson Hawks struggled to do enough to win, dropping three of four to The Rock Saturday and Sunday.
When you get great pitching performances backed by a hot offense, you’re usually going to be hard to beat. Saturday and Sunday, the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Crimson Hawks showed just how dominant they can be, picking up four impressive wins over the Clarion Golden Eagles by scores of 12-2, 10-0, 10-0 and 14-1.
Returning home to Dougherty Field, Indiana University of Pennsylvania looked to open their home stand on a positive note against the Gannon Golden Knights, but the Crimson Hawks were unable to put it all together, as they were swept in the double-header by scores of 4-1 and 9-7.
After a disappointing weekend against the Mercyhurst Lakers, the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Crimson Hawks needed a big bounce-back win Tuesday against the Shippensburg Raiders. They got just that, picking up an 11-3 win over the Raiders, on the road.
Looking to build off of a strong showing two weeks ago in a weekend series against Millersville, the Crimson Hawks traveled to Erie, Pa., to take on the Mercyhurst Lakers, to open play in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. The Crimson Hawks weren’t able to get the results they were looking for as they dropped three of four in the four-game series, by scores of 3-2, 4-0 and 5-4.
With Mother Nature causing cancellations and schedule shuffling left and right for the Indiana University of Pennsylvania baseball team, they were finally able to catch a break in the weather to play a four game series, Friday and Saturday, against the Millersville Marauders.
Heavy snowfall earlier in the week forced the Indiana University of Pennsylvania baseball team to adjust its weekend schedule and add a trio of road games to make up for a cancelled doubleheader against Davis & Elkins, but the Crimson Hawks were far from fazed by the inclement weather.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Shortstop Dylan Tice was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association Division II Hitter of the Week Wednesday. “When you consider there are 282 NCAA DII schools and Dylan is singled out as the national hitter of the week, it is an outstanding individual accomplishment,” Head Coach Jeff Dow said.
After opening the 2013 season with three losses in their first four games, the Crimson Hawks have rebounded on the diamond, winning three consecutive games over the weekend. Senior ace Stephen Cooke threw a shutout Saturday, while sophomore Dylan Tice went three-for-five in a 12-2 win over Davis & Elkins on Sunday as the Hawks eclipsed the .
A day after opening up their 2013 season with a split two-game series against Concord, the Indiana University of Pennsylvania baseball team was swept in a doubleheader by the same opponent on Sunday. Sitting at 1-3 following their four-game stretch in West Virginia, the Crimson Hawks had losses of 6-5 and 23-15 to close out the weekend.
Two years removed from a championship appearance, Indiana University of Pennsylvania has placed fourth in the 2013 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Division preseason baseball coaches’ poll. The ballot was released on Tuesday and puts the Crimson Hawks behind only Mercyhurst, Slippery Rock and California (Pa.
Two-time All-Star Andrew McCutchen and the Pittsburgh Pirates emphasized their passion for their fans Wednesday, hosting their 2012 Winter Caravan’s latest stop at the Indiana Mall. Pitchers Jared Hughes and Justin Wilson, Bench Coach Jeff Banister, and broadcaster Greg Brown joined McCutchen at the event.
Six student-athletes have committed to IUP during the early signing period for the Crimson Hawks’ baseball program. The new additions to the baseball team include Chris Calliari, Zach Chinchilla, Matt Eperesi, Dylan Floor, Scott Hess and Jason Martin.
Heading into his eighth season as IUP baseball’s head coach, Jeff Ditch has experienced plenty of ups and downs on the diamond over the years. Ditch has taken the Crimson Hawks from a 10-win squad in 2006 to a championship appearance two seasons ago.
It’s been a rough year for the Philadelphia Phillies, and while the team is undoubtedly looking to finish strong and rebound next season, there is no denying the franchise is entering a time of serious evaluation. Memories of the club’s title run in 2008 and subsequent World Series bid a year later have been put aside in 2012 as the “Fightin’ Phils” lumber toward what could be their first sub-.
Baseball in October isn’t something that Pittsburgh Pirates fans have been accustomed to over the past two decades. The last winning season for the Pirates came in 1992, when the team went 96-66. The Pirates are now more than halfway through August in the 2012 season and are posting the most impressive record the team has had since that 1992 season.
IUP enters this week’s pivotal matchup against Clarion with the news that they’re seventh in the first regional rankings of the year. Seventh isn’t the place that any team wants to be this time of the year.