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Centerfielder Frank Sirolli and third baseman Vern Powell were named to the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings All-Atlantic Region first team. Sirolli was also chosen a recipient of the Rawlings Gold Glove award by the ABCA.
Both players were seniors on the 2011 IUP baseball team, which won three games at the PSAC tournament to advance to the conference championship game for the first time since 1990.
Outfielder Jordan DeLuca, of Tussey Mountain High School, a member of the 2011–2012 IUP baseball recruiting class, was drafted in the forty-seventh round by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
DeLuca has until August 15 to either sign with the Pirates or enroll at IUP. If he decides to attend college, he will not be eligible again for the draft until the end of his junior season in 2014.
The women’s basketball team will have ten newcomers in the 2010–2011 season: five transfer students and five incoming freshmen.
The IUP-Bloomsburg football game during the 2011 season will be televised on the CBS Sports Network.
The game, originally scheduled for September 17, has been moved to Thursday, September 15, to accommodate the broadcast. Kickoff will be at 8:00 p.m. at IUP’s Miller Stadium.
This is the sixth year of Division II and CBS Sports Network’s partnership to provide schools with live national television exposure for their football and basketball programs.
Two lacrosse team members recently received postseason honors. Becca Vogt, a junior, and Taylor Norwood, first-year player, were both named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association All-South Region second team, and Norwood was additionally chosen for the synapse.com (formerly womenslacrosse.com) national all-freshman squad.
Vogt set school records this season with 46 assists and 89 points while scoring 43 goals, tied for the third-highest in school history. With one season remaining, she holds the school record for assists (104) and is seventh in goals (80) and second in points (184), just eight shy of Jackie Rutkowski.
Norwood emerged as one of the top defensive players in the PSAC in her freshman season. She led the team with 22 caused turnovers and 33 ground balls while ranking third with 30 draw controls.
The duo helped IUP finish with a record of 11-7, the most wins in the fourteen-year history of the program, and come within one victory of its first berth in the PSAC playoffs.
The best season in IUP softball history came to an end May 28 with a 3-0 loss to Midwestern State at the Division II World Series in Salem, Va.
The Crimson Hawks finished with a record of 38-8, tying the school record for most wins in a season. (The other was a 38-12 finish in 2010.) They won their first PSAC and NCAA Atlantic Region titles with eleven straight wins before losing to North Georgia and then Midwestern State in the World Series.
Erin Holloway finished her IUP career as the school’s all-time leader in every career pitching category. She was also third in PSAC history in strikeouts (1,004), complete games (105), and inning pitched (803 2-3); fifth in wins (78); and sixth in shutouts (32).
Brianna Liebold added the PSAC Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year award to the same honor she received during the past two indoor seasons in voting by the conference track and field head coaches.
Liebold, who won both the long and triple jumps at the PSAC outdoor championships, capped her career by finishing eighth in the long jump at the NCAA outdoor meet in May to earn her first career outdoor All-America showing. She also finished tenth in the triple jump at nationals.
Other top finishers in the NCAA outdoor meet were Nafee Harris, second place in the long jump, and Leander Toney, third place in the high jump. All three earned All-America honors at the tournament. Toney broke a thirty-five-year-old IUP record with his jump of 7 feet, 1 inch.
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