The IUP baseball team traveled to Erie Sunday morning for a doubleheader against Gannon University at McConnell Family Stadium.
The Crimson Hawks combined for 18 runs, sweeping Gannon by winning the first game, 7-3, and winning the second game, 11-5.
Right-handed pitcher Jeff Allen (sophomore, criminology) started on the mound for IUP in Game 1.
Gannon started the scoring early, jumping out to a 3-0 lead.
The Crimson Hawks scored a run in the top of the fifth on a sacrifice fly from senior center fielder Matt Eperesi (accounting), scoring Ted DeSanti (junior, criminology).
The score remained 3-1 until the top of the seventh, when IUP tied the game on a two-run homer down the left-field line by Eperesi.
With the bases loaded, junior Dan Sepic (hospitality management) walked and gave the Crimson Hawks four runs in the ninth. Scott Hess (senior, safety science) followed with a two-run single. Wes Carson (junior, criminology) ended the extra-inning affair with a single.
Carson finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a double in the first game. Eperesi was 1-for-3 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored. Senior Dillon Swanger (criminology) earned the win in relief, tossing three scoreless innings while only yielding one hit.
In Game 2, Sepic gave IUP a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with a two-out solo home run to left field.
Leading 3-1 in the second inning, after Epersei reached via a single and DeSanti was hit by a pitch, freshman Chris Eisel (pre-physical therapy) homered to left to extend the lead to 4-0.
In the top of the fifth, junior Cory Wheeler (exercise science) hit an RBI double.
Junior infielder Anthony Rigous (accounting) followed with an RBI single to push IUP’s lead to 7-4 over Gannon.
Rigous ended the game with a two-run home run in the seventh. He was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs.
Eisel was 4-for-4 with three runs scored, four RBIs and a home run. Wheeler also impressed, tallying up a multi-RBI performance.
Left-handed pitcher Dan Roan (junior, sports management) earned the win for the Crimson Hawks in relief, tossing three innings, striking out four and allowing just one hit.
According to the walk-on pitcher, the Crimson Hawks really came together as a team this Sunday and looked like a unit.
“Overall, both games went well for us,” Roan said. “Our bats came alive at the right moments, and the pitchers kept the ball down in the zone, keeping Gannon’s hitters off-balance. We did exactly what was needed to be done to get the wins.”