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News: May 2011

IUP Softball Takes Super Regional Game One in Comeback Victory

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Dee Eppinger, center, was lifted by her teammates after her game-winning hit, May 20, 2011.

Down 2-0 in its final at bat, the IUP softball team had an improbable three-run rally to defeat Bloomsburg in game one of the NCAA Division II Atlantic Super Regional, Friday, May 20, 2011.

Dee Eppinger singled in the tying and winning runs with IUP down to its final out to lift the Crimson Hawks to a 3-2 victory in the opening game of the best-of-three series at Podbielski Field on IUP’s South Campus. (See photos from the opening game.)

The second game of the series will take place Saturday, May 21, at noon at Podbielski Field. A Crimson Hawks victory would send them to the College World Series for the first time in school history. If Bloomsburg wins game two, a deciding third game will take place thirty minutes after the end of the second.

The College World Series will be held May 26-30 in Salem, Va. The Bloomsburg Huskies are the defending Super Regional champion.

Find tournament information and complete game reports on the IUP Athletics website.

Softball Team to Host Atlantic Super Regional

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IUP softball will host Bloomsburg in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Super Regional on May 20 and 21, 2011, at Podbielski Field on the South Campus.

The winner will move on to the College World Series, May 26–30, in Salem, Va.

IUP and Bloomsburg will play a best-two-out-of-three series, with the first game taking place Friday, May 20, at 1:00 p.m. and the second game Saturday, May 21, at noon. If a third and deciding game is necessary, it will take place thirty minutes following the end of the second game.

The Crimson Hawks, 36-6, are seeking their first trip to the College World Series. The Bloomsburg Huskies, 33-7, are looking for their second straight appearance in the world series.

Both teams went undefeated in their brackets of the Atlantic Regional tournament.

Find more information: Softball Playoffs 2011.

May 2011 Sports Update

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Get the latest updates on IUP sports teams for May 2011:

Baseball

The baseball team fell one win shy of its first PSAC title since 1990 with a 12-3 loss to Mercyhurst in the championship game May 14 in Johnstown.

The team finished 22-28, which included three wins in the conference tournament—the most since winning the championship twenty-two years ago.

Frank Sirolli led the team with a .367 average on the year. The senior centerfielder also paced the Crimson Hawks with forty-five runs scored, thirty-six RBIs, thirteen doubles, five triples, and two home runs. He and Robbie Zinsmeister were tied with fifty-eight hits.

Men’s Golf

The men’s golf team finished thirteenth in its fourth straight trip (twenty-eighth overall) to the NCAA Division II championship, which wrapped up May 20 in Florence, Ala.

Leo Acklin led the Crimson Hawks, tying for sixteenth place at 4-over par 220. Following Acklin were Derek Baker, tied for thirty-second with a score of 225; Brad Boyle, tied for fifty-fourth with a 229; Sean Sweithelm, tied for sixty-ninth with a 233; and Zack Kempa, tied for one hundredth with a 246.

Track and Field

Three IUP track and field athletes earned the top spot in their events at the PSAC meet, May 13 and 14, in Slippery Rock:

Brianna Liebold won the long jump, going a distance of 18 feet, 10½ inches, and the triple jump, traveling 38 feet, 11¾ inches. Those wins brought her total to five PSAC career titles in outdoor and indoor track and field.

Brandon Ford took first place in the long jump, his first PSAC title, with a jump of 47 feet, 11¼ inches.

Leander Toney repeated as conference champion in the high jump by clearing the bar at 6 feet, 9½ inches.

In team standings, the IUP women finished fifth and the men seventh. Shippensburg was the winner among both.

Four IUP athletes will compete in the NCAA Division II meet, May 26–28, in Turlock, Calif.: Brianna Liebold in the long jump and triple jump, Laurie Ajavon in the long jump, four-time national champion Nafee Harris in the long jump (injury permitting), and Leander Toney in the high jump.

Women’s Lacrosse

The women’s lacrosse team dropped a heartbreaker to Mercyhurst, losing 12-11, in the PSAC tournament April 23.

Becca Vogt, who netted five goals in the Crimson Hawks’ final game, set records for assists (forty-six) and points (eighty-nine) and tied for third in single season goals with forty-three.

Five Crimson Hawks garnered All-PSAC honors: attacker Becca Vogt and defender Taylor Norwood on the first team, and attacker Alexa Lodovici, midfielder Colleen Berlin, and goalkeeper Kaitlin Sterling on the third team.

The team finished the season 11-7, its first double-digit winning season in program history.

Softball

The softball team (36-6) is hosting Bloomsburg (33-7) in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Super Regional, May 20 and 21.

The winner will move on to the College World Series, May 26-30, in Salem, Va.

It would be the first trip to the world series for the top-seeded Crimson Hawks and the second straight trip for the second-seeded Bloomsburg Huskies.

Watch the IUP Athletics softball website for updates. Also, check the IUP website for photo galleries from the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region I and Atlantic Super Regional.

Women’s Tennis

The most successful season in IUP women’s tennis history ended May 11 with a 5-0 loss to three-time defending national champion Armstrong Atlantic in the NCAA Division II round of sixteen in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

At the championship banquet May 10, IUP’s Kelly McBryan won the NCAA’s Elite 88 award for having the highest cumulative grade-point average among the competitors. McBryan, a Sport Administration major, has a 4.0 GPA.

Find more information about the women’s tennis season.

Find full reports on all the sports teams on the IUP Athletics website.

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Softball Team Wins Atlantic Region I Championship

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Erin Holloway recorded her second shutout in three games, leading IUP to a 5-0 win over Kutztown in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region I championship game May 16, 2011. (Keith Boyer photo)

Pitcher Erin Holloway recorded her second shutout in three games, leading the softball team to a 5-0 victory over Kutztown in the championship game of the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region I tournament Monday, May 16, 2011, at Podbielski Field.

The Crimson Hawks, the top seed in the Atlantic Region, improved to 36-6 and will play Bloomsburg, the second seed, in the Super Regional.

That best two-out-of-three tournament will begin Friday, May 20, at a site to be determined by the NCAA national committee on Tuesday, May 17.

See photos from the championship game as well as the Crimson Hawks’ opening-game victory over Winston-Salem State on Friday, May 13. Photos were taken by Keith Boyer, university photographer.

Find updates on softball on the IUP Athletics website.

Softball Team Advances to Atlantic Regional Pod Championship Game

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Megan McCormick drove in four runs in the IUP softball team's win over Winston-Salem State on Friday, May 13, 2011, in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional. (Keith Boyer photo)

The softball team has advanced to the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional pod championship game after defeating Kutztown, 2-1, Saturday, May 14, 2011.

The Crimson Hawks, the top seed in the regional tourney, have won ten in a row, including all eight of their postseason games. Their record now stands at 35-6 on the season.

Due to rain delays Sunday, the championship game vs. Kutztown is scheduled for Monday, May 16, at 10:00 a.m.

If IUP wins Monday, it will advance to the NCAA Division II Super Regionals, May 20 and 21. If IUP were to lose, a deciding game for the pod championship would be played immediately after the 10:00 a.m. game.

In its opening game Friday, May 13, IUP defeated Winston-Salem State, 7-0. See photos from the game by Keith Boyer, university photographer.

Find updates on the IUP Athletics website for softball’s Atlantic Regional tournament.

Softball Team Advances in Regional Tournament

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Megan McCormick drove in four runs in the IUP softball team's win over Winston-Salem State on Friday, May 13, 2011, in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional. (Keith Boyer photo)

The softball team has advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional after defeating Winston-Salem State 7-0 on Friday, May 13, 2011. (See photos from the game.)

Next, the tournament-hosting Crimson Hawks (34-6) will play Saturday, May 14, at 11:00 a.m. at Podbielski Field on IUP’s South Campus against the winner of Friday's game between California and Kutztown.

Saturday’s winner will advance to the championship game Sunday, May 15, at noon, and the victor will move on to the NCAA Super Regionals, May 20 and 21 at a site to be determined.

On Friday, IUP's Megan McCormick drove in four runs to back the three-hit shutout pitching of Erin Holloway.

In postseason play, McCormick has thirteen hits in twenty-five at bats, with fifteen RBIs. She hit three home runs and drove in eleven runs in IUP’s march to the PSAC title.

Holloway struck out eight and walked three in posting her tenth shutout of the season and thirty-first of her career. The senior righthander has won all seven of IUP’s postseason games and was the MVP of the PSAC tournament.

Find more information and updates on the IUP Athletics’ softball website.

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Women’s Tennis Falls in Round of Sixteen in First Trip to Nationals; McBryan Earns Top Academic Honor

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Kelly McBryan playing tennis

In its first appearance at the NCAA Division II championship in school history, the women’s tennis team lost 5-0 to Armstrong Atlantic in the round of sixteen on May 11, 2011, in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

The Crimson Hawks finished with a record of 21-7, setting a school mark for most wins in a season, and had the PSAC West and Atlantic Region Freshman of the Year in Tabtip Louhabanjong.

They also reached the championship match in the PSAC tournament and won a regional tournament for the first time in school history.

IUP did have one big win at nationals: the team’s Kelly McBryan received the Elite 88 academic-athletic award for the 2011 women’s tennis championship. She was honored at the championship banquet May 10.

The Elite 88 award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average at each of the NCAA’s 88 championship events.

This is the second year the Elite 88 has been presented, and McBryan is the second IUP athlete to earn the award. Joe Rocco of the men’s basketball team received the award in 2010, when the men’s basketball team reached the NCAA Division II championship game.

McBryan, a Sport Administration major, has a 4.0 grade-point average. She is a junior academically and a sophomore athletically.

McBryan had a singles record of 17-9 this season, playing mostly at the fifth spot in singles. She has also won fifteen doubles matches, playing primarily with Ranvita Mahto in the second spot.

Find more information on the IUP Athletics website: Women’s Tennis.

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Softball Team Earns Top Seed, Hosting Rights for NCAA Atlantic Regional

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Softball team celebrates PSAC championship

The IUP softball team has been selected to host one of the two regional pods in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional tournament.

With a record of 33-6, the PSAC champion Crimson Hawks are the top seed in the eight-team tournament. They will take on eighth-seeded Winston-Salem State (29-11) in the opening game Friday, May 13, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. at Podbielski Field.

Winner of the pod will be determined during the championship game Sunday, May 15, at noon.

Survivors of the two regional pods will play in the NCAA Super Regionals, May 20 and 21, at a site to be determined. As the tournament’s top seed, IUP would host the Super Regional, should it make it through this weekend’s play.

Winners of the eight Super Regionals advance to the College World Series, May 26–30, in Salem, Va. IUP is seeking its first regional title and its first College World Series appearance in school history.

The Crimson Hawks, ranked eleventh in the nation by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, are in the NCAA tournament for the second straight season and the eighth time overall.

IUP enters the Atlantic Regional after capturing its first PSAC softball title in school history.

Find more information on the IUP Athletics website: Softball.

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Women’s Tennis Team Advances to Nationals

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Emilia Osborne won the final completed match of the night to send IUP to nationals

The women’s tennis team earned its first berth at the NCAA national tournament with a 5-4 win over Slippery Rock in the Atlantic Region championship match on May 2, 2011.

The Crimson Hawks (21-6) will play in the national round of sixteen, to be held May 11–14 in Altamonte Springs, Fla. They are ranked thirty-eighth in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

Slippery Rock was the defending regional champion.

Winning their matches Monday were IUP’s Tabtip Louhabanjong, Emilia Osborne, and Ranvita Mahto on the singles side and the doubles teams of Ranvita Mahto/Kelly McBryan and Emilia Osborne/Alex Ballard.

Find more information on the IUP Athletics website: “IUP Pulls Out Dramatic Victory over Slippery Rock to Advance to Nationals for First Time.”

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