The IUP baseball team finished its spring break trip to North Carolina and West Virginia with a 4-4 record.
The Crimson Hawks dropped three of four in their opening weekend of doubleheaders against Winston-Salem State March 9 and 10, with their only victory coming in the second game of the series.
In that contest, IUP scored 10 runs in the final inning to seal a dominant 16-3 victory.
Jeff Allen (senior, criminology) became the first Crimson Hawks starting pitcher to win in his first three starts since 2011.
IUP dropped the first game to the Rams 2-1 as well as the third and fourth games by scores of 4-3 and 9-5. Chris Eisel (junior, pre-physical therapy) had three extra base hits and 4 RBIs in the final two games.
The Crimson Hawks split a doubleheader March 12 to Catawba, with an 8-5 victory preceding an 11-3 loss. Anthony Rota (redshirt freshman, management) went 3-for-3 with a home run in the victory.
IUP ended the road trip with a sweep of Glenville State the following day, earning 9-7 and 10-3 victories. Nick Hess (sophomore, marketing) was a combined 5-for-9 with a home run and five RBIs in the victories.
The Crimson Hawks are back in action with a home-and-home doubleheader series Saturday and Sunday against California (Pa.)
Jack Buccigross (freshman, marketing) was IUP golf’s top finisher at the BrownGolf Intercollegiate in Jackson Springs, N.C., Saturday and Sunday, where the Crimson Hawks finished fifth overall.
Buccigross finished sixth in the tournament while Jeremy Eckenrode (junior, finance) and Nicholas Ward (freshman, finance) tied for 24th.
IUP has four more tournaments scheduled for the spring season prior to the NCAA Atlantic/East Region Championships in May, the next of which will take place March 31 and April 1 in Wheeling, W.V., at West Liberty.
The IUP lacrosse team went 2-2 in four games over the break, defeating Wingate March 10 14-11 and Kutztown Saturday 17-10.
No. 12 Limestone and Mercyhurst took five-goal wins against the Crimson Hawks, with the Saints winning 15-10 March 12 and the Lakers winning 20-15 Tuesday.
Ally Burrows (senior, biology) scored 16 goals over the four games, earning team highs in goals in each of the games. Burrows has had a dominant start to the season, scoring nearly twice as many goals as anyone else on the team with 30.
Lauren Piecknick (sophomore, finance) and Carly Mansur (freshman, business) have split the time in net nearly evenly thus far, combining for a .436 save percentage and 12.44 goals against average.
Next up for the Crimson Hawks is a matchup Wednesday at Slippery Rock.
The IUP softball team played 14 games in Florida over spring break as part of The Spring Games at Legends Way Ballfields in Clermont, accruing a record of 3-10-1.
The Crimson Hawks earned victories against Walsh (Ohio) March 8, Holy Family March 11 and Bentley March 15.
The tie came in the team’s final game against Northwood March 16, in which neither team scored a run in eight innings.
IUP’s overall record is now 4-11-1. Kaitlyn Beers (junior, criminology) leads the team in batting average, hitting .378 in 37 at-bats with a 1.101 OPS. Brooklyn Kotula (sophomore, computer science) has a 1.95 ERA in 32.1 innings pitched.
The Crimson Hawks will host Shippensburg and Mercyhurst in doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday.
Two women swimmers from IUP earned All-American honors at the 2019 NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships March 16.
Claire Mikesell (junior, kinesiology) earned first-team All-American honors, breaking the school record in the prelims and earning a seventh-place finish during the 200 breaststroke championship final.
Nicole Smith (senior, food and nutrition) earned honorable mention All-American honors in three events, including as part of the 400 medley relay team, which finished 13th but broke the school record set at the PSAC Championships. Smith also earned honors in the 200 and 500 freestyle events.
Track and Field:
A pair of men’s track and field athletes earned All-American honors at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships March 8 in Pittsburg, Kan.
DJ Horton (senior, kinesiology) finished 10th in the pole vault, earning his second indoor and fifth overall All-American honor.
Christian Jones (junior, hospitality management) finished eighth in the high jump, becoming the first Crimson Hawk since 2011 to earn the honor in the event.
Dre Carr (freshman, kinesiology) was the only other IUP athlete to compete, earning a 13th place finish in prelims for the 60 meter.
The outdoor season begins Saturday with the Early Bird Invitational in California, Pa., one of eight meets scheduled prior to the PSAC Championships in May.