Hawks sweep Pitt-Johnstown to end four game series

 IUP senior Markus Cestra was named the PSAC West Athlete of the Week for baseball, which happened after a sweep at the game against UPJ. 

IUP Men’s Baseball had another great Saturday as they closed out a four-game series sweep of Pitt-Johnstown with doubleheader wins of 6-2 and 14-7 at The Point Stadium.

On Saturday April 16, 2022, the Hawks totaled 26 hits, with eight going for extra bases, seven doubles and one triple.

Eight different players from IUP combined for 17 runs batted in (RBI) over the two games.

The Crimson Hawks baseball team are now on a five-game winning streak and improved their record to 19-15 overall.

They remain one game out of first place in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West with a 10-6 division record.

The 14 runs in game two equaled the Crimson Hawks' season-high that they originally set in game one of the series on Friday April 15, 2022.

Over the four games IUP hit .439 with 54 base hits, including 16 doubles, four home runs and scored 47 runs.

This is IUP's first regular season sweep of a divisional opponent since winning all four against Clarion in 2018.

It is the Hawks' first sweep of University of Pitt-Johnstown (UPJ) since 2017.

During game one, pitcher Jimmy Tooley (freshman, computer science/cyber security) improved to 6-0 on the mound in the Hawks' 6-2 victory.

He let up an RBI triple to The Point's spacious centerfield in the first inning and gave up a run-scoring double in the third inning.

He faced two batters in the sixth inning and finished his day giving up six hits and two earned runs over 5.0 innings of work, walking two and striking out four batters.

Eli Glass (junior, criminal justice) earned his fifth save of the season, tossing a scoreless seventh inning.

The Hawks did most of their scoring during this game in the second and third innings, bringing a combined five runs across.

Austin Mueller (graduate student, business) brought two home with an RBI single in the third and drove in another run in the fifth inning.

He went 2-for-4 in the game with those three RBI.

Harrison Pontoli (junior, finance) went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored during game one.

In game two, IUP got up big early, bringing two across in the second, five in the third and one more in the fourth to take an 8-0 lead.

Andrew Schell (freshman, biology/pre-med) opened the scoring with an RBI double.

Torrey Roper (junior, communications media) brought two in on a single in the third and had a run-scoring triple in the fourth inning.

The Mountain Cats made it a game by scoring four runs in the bottom of the fourth, but the Hawks came right back to score five in the fifth and one more in the sixth.

Mueller with a single, Nick Hess (graduate student, MBA) with a double and Peyton Johnson (freshman, criminology) with another double had consecutive RBI hits during IUP's dominant fifth inning to make it a 13-4 game.

Starter Ian Logue (senior, accounting) had a no-hitter through three innings before UPJ scored four in the fourth.

Sean Furlong (senior, safety, health and environmental applied sciences) picked up the win in relief and Ryan Berry (junior, exercise science) pitched the final 2.2 innings.

The Hawks head down to Maryland to face Frostburg State in a single 9-inning game on Tuesday April 19, 2022.

They host Kutztown in a PSAC crossover doubleheader on Wednesday April 20, 2022.

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