The Crimson Hawks softball team shattered records on Monday.
The Hawks currently sit at an overall 17–11 record and a 15–9 record in the conference.
This is following the historic performance on Monday, during which Kaitlyn Beers (graduate student, psychology) set IUP’s home run record in the doubleheader against Edinboro in the sixth inning of Game 2
Beers broke the softball program's all-time record with her 29th career homer.
She surpassed the former record held by Sarah White (2003–06) and Jasa Mitchell (2012–14). With 12 homers this year, she now has her sights set on the single-season record of 15 held by Mitchell (2014).
The Hawks started with a busy weekend against Edinboro leading up to Beer’s historic moment, posting a 3–1 record. The Hawks started with a victory on senior day by a close score of 9–7. Amanda Fischer (freshman, biology) got the win for the Hawks that improved her record to a 7–2 on the mound this season.
Game 1 of senior day started with RBIs from Haleigh Zimmerman (sophomore, safety science) and Ashley Renzi (sophomore, kinesiology), which gave them a 3–1 lead. Edinboro jumped on top to a 4–3 lead shortly after.
The third and fourth inning was when the Hawks started stirring up the offense and regained the lead and went up 8–4, courtesy of Zimmerman starting it off with a two-run home run to right-center field. Fischer also struck a solo shot in the sixth inning before Edinboro made it a very close game.
IUP did manage to hold off Edinboro’s late push with Fischer finishing off her strong pitching. In Game 2, it also came to the wire with the final 3–2 victory for the Hawks. Edinboro was up 2–1 in the game earlier on.
It was a 2–1 game up until the seventh inning when Renee Wall (senior, criminology) hit a two-run home run in left field to give the Hawks a 3–2 victory, finishing off their senior day with a 2–0 record.
The four current seniors on the roster are Shayanne Kimmel (human and family services), Rachel Rodriguez (senior, kinesiology), Wall and Sara Hull (senior, sociology).
The Hawks then headed to Edinboro to finish off the weekend series. In Game 1 at Edinboro, the Hawks got up to an early 2–0 start courtesy of Margret Russo (sophomore, biology) with an RBI single in the second. In the fifth inning, Beers swung a double, scoring Walls.
Hope Jones (sophomore, psychology) pitched very well through four innings, taking a perfect game into the fifth inning.
The sixth inning was when Edinboro exploded offensively, taking control of the game to pick up the 9–2 victory. Game 2 was more a revenge game for the Hawks, as they took the victory of 6–1.
They got off to a three-run inning in the first to grab the lead. Zimmerman drove in Jenna Rhue (junior, criminology) and Beers with a double. In the fifth, IUP went up 5–0 with a two-run double off the bat of Walls.The game was called after Edinboro managed to get the 6–1 victory to finish off the weekend against Edinboro.
“I believe that this team is headed on the right track right now,” Jones said. “We are playing better as a team and playing for each other. We are on track to hit our peak right when we need to and are excited to see what the rest of the season holds.”
The Hawks had a date with Millersville for a two-game series Monday and went 1–1. They won the first game 8–0 and lost the second one. The Hawks will start a series next weekend at Gannon for the first two games, starting Friday at 2:30 p.m.