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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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