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New Athletic Director Announced:

IUP has named Todd Garzarelli as its new director of athletics, as announced by IUP President Michael Driscoll Wednesday. 

Garzarelli has more than 20 years of experience working in collegiate athletics, most recently holding the athletic director position at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. 

“Todd brings an incredible depth and breadth of experience to the athletic director position at IUP,” Driscoll said. “Under Todd’s leadership, IUP Athletics will be ready to move to the next level of success.” 

The Western Pennsylvania native was one of three candidates who came to campus recently to participate in open forums. 

He will take over for interim athletic director Samantha Traver May 13.

Baseball: 

IUP baseball took part in a game for the ages Tuesday afternoon, suffering an 18-17 loss to Lock Haven in 10 innings. 

At least one run was scored in eight different innings, and the unbelievable scoreline was certainly helped by the teams combining for 36 total hits and 12 errors. 

Both teams traded runs in the first inning, with the Crimson Hawks holding a 3-1 lead into the fourth and a 5-3 lead after five, but all hell began to break loose in the sixth. 

The Bald Eagles scored five runs to take a 7-5 lead, but IUP came right back to score seven runs of its own. Lock Haven still didn’t go down without a fight, reclaiming a 13-12 lead. 

The Crimson Hawks scored in the ninth to tie the game at 13, but the Bald Eagles wasted no time in the 10th scoring five runs. As IUP could only bring home four, Lock Haven walked away with the victory. 

The 8-20 Crimson Hawks take on Gannon in a home-and-home series Friday and Saturday.

 

Golf:

A pair of dominant performances, along with a strong team effort, led IUP golf to its first tournament victory since September, as the Crimson Hawks finished 12 strokes ahead of runners-up Gannon Monday and Tuesday at West Chester’s Cottrell Invitational. 

Matt Cocorikis (senior, accounting) took first place with a 2-over-144, tying the tournament record on the first day, shooting a 2-under-69. 

Jack Buccigross (freshman, marketing) was just three strokes off Cocorikis’ pace, earning his best finish of the season with a tie for second place. 

Nicholas Ward (freshman, marketing) tied for seventh, while Jeremy Eckenrode (junior, finance) tied for 13th. 

IUP will host the Spadafora Invitational Sunday and Monday at the Indiana Country Club.

 

Lacrosse:

IUP women’s lacrosse has built a three-game winning streak, rallying behind Ally Burrows’ (senior, biology) seven goals Wednesday to defeat Gannon 19-8. 

The No. 25 Crimson Hawks equaled their season high for goals scored, as did Burrows, who now has 42 goals this season and eclipsed 200 goals for her career during the game. 

IUP had control throughout, starting the game with nine consecutive goals. Following a trio of goals to put the score at 9-3, the Golden Knights never came any closer to taking the lead. 

With five games remaining in the regular season, IUP will look to continue its winning streak Saturday at Shippensburg. 

 

Softball:

IUP softball split a doubleheader Tuesday at Seton Hill, taking a 5-4 victory in game one before dropping the second game 3-1. 

Renee Wall (sophomore, criminology) extended her hitting streak to 11 games, going 4-for-7 in the doubleheader. 

The first game saw four scoreless innings prior to IUP earning a pair of runs over the next two. 

Lauren Zola (senior, employment and labor relations) earned the victory, striking out six and giving up four earned runs, three of which coming from a home run in the sixth inning. 

Game two saw the Crimson Hawks score in the first on a Griffins error, but Seton Hill scored two runs in the bottom half of the inning, and IUP wasn’t able to score again, stranding runners on base in multiple innings. 

The 9-20-1 Crimson Hawks also defeated Pitt-Johnstown in a Thursday doubleheader, taking victories of 2-1 and 12-6. 

IUP will face winless Clarion at home Saturday.

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