Local college notes: Seton Hill baseball coach earns 300th win
When the Seton Hill baseball team swept a doubleheader from Concord on Sunday, Griffins coach Marc Marizzaldi earned his 300th career victory.
Marizzaldi, who took a record of 301-180 (.626) into Tuesday's scheduled doubleheader against West Virginia State, is the school's only baseball coach since the NCAA Division II program was launched in 2004.
Two Westmoreland County Community College women's players who graduated from Hempfield have been named to the NJCAA Division III all-region team. Freshman Danielle Murphy led the nation in 3-point field-goal percentage (48.0), and sophomore Hannah Falcsik ranked third in field-goal percentage (58.4) and fourth in rebounding (14.0 rpg.).
Jacob Garris finished 17th in the men's competition and Amanda Wawrzyniak was 20th in the women's competition to post the top showings for Westmoreland County Community College at the NJCAA National Bowling Championship in Cheektowaga, N.Y.
Elaina Moorehead qualified for the Zone 6 Finals in the Walk/Trot Equitation Class with a second-place finish at the Region 5 Finals of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association in Athens, Ohio. She joins Alexandra Kemp-Thompson, who qualified for the Zone 6 Finals in the Open Equitation Over Fences Class.
Moorehead will join senior Alexandra Kemp-Thompson, who previously qualified for Zone 6 Finals in the Open Equitation Over Fences Class.
Kemp-Thompson also was named Zone 6 Region 5 Reserve Highpoint Cacchione Cup Rider for the 2013 season with a total of 64 individual points. The Cacchione Cup is awarded in each region to riders with the most collective regular-season points in Open Equitation Over Fences and Open Equitation on the Flat classes throughout the regular season.
Kemp-Thompson, who won the title in 2012 with 70 points, finished second in the Highpoint Cacchione Cup Rider race this season behind Kelsey Delaplaine of West Virginia, who claimed the title with 79 points.
Track and field
Senior Hill senior Calsie Boyd earned her first All-American status by tying for fourth place in the high jump at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Ala. She cleared 1.60, 1.65, 1.70 and 1.73 meters on her first attempts but failed at all three attempts at 1.76 meters.
Senior Aron Kurzinski earned All-America honors on the men's team with a sixth-place showing in the long jump.
The fourth-place finish represents a school-best for any Seton Hill athlete in an NCAA championship event, and Boyd becomes the first women's indoor All-American at the school and just the second women's track and field competitor to achieve the honor, joining Mallory Sanner, who placed fifth in the javelin as a freshman in the 2012 NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships.
Kurzinski represents the fourth overall men's All-American in track and field at Seton Hill. His best jump of the day measured 7.36 meters.
A pair of Seton Hill wrestlers — seniors Nick Nichols and Zach Benzio — won one match each at the NCAA Division II Championships in Birmingham, Ala. They were the lone qualifiers for the Griffins. Nichols opened the tournament with a 6-5 decision over Daniel Genetin of Ashland at 149 pounds and Benzio won a consolation-round match by fall in 5:23 over Josh Anthony of Wisconsin-Parkside before both wrestlers were eliminated.
• Paul Bewak, a 125-pounder at Johns Hopins and a graduate of Hempfield, took a 34-4 record into this week's NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It is the second trip to the nationals for Bewak, who earned All-America honors in 2012 with a seventh-place finish.