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District college notes: Strong pitching has Seton Hill baseball on top

| Thursday, April 10, 2014, 10:18 p.m.

The Seton Hill baseball team was the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Division preseason favorite, and the Griffins' pitching staff is making those predictions stand up.

The Griffins (13-1) enter the final three weeks of the season with a three-game lead over Mercyhurst (10-4) and the team's pitching staff is the reason why. Seton Hill has won 13 consecutive conference games.

Seton Hill owns four-game sweeps against Indiana (Pa.) and Clarion, won three of four against Pitt-Johnstown and two games against Gannon.

But things are expected to get a lot tougher for the Griffins, with key four-game series left with Slippery Rock (Friday and Saturday), Mercyhurst (April 18-19) and California (April 25-26). They also still have two games with Gannon (April 15).

Pitchers Mike Bittel (4-1, 2.62 ERA), Brad Schnelle (4-2, 3.69 ERA), Alex Haines (5-2, 4.07 ERA) and Brent Sullivan (6-2, 3.71 ERA) have all pitched well. Closer Jesse Cooper has 10 saves.

Taylor Schmidt is hitting .385. He has a team-high 24 runs scored and 40 hits and he's drive in 18. Cody Herald is batting .343 with a team-high 10 doubles and has 19 RBIs.

Nick Sell and Brandon Josey each have four home runs, while Sell has a team-high 22 RBIs.

Peluso gets weekly honor

Seton Hill junior Anthony Peluso won the ECAC Specialist of the Week Award following his performance in the Griffins men's lacrosse 10-7 victory against Molloy on Saturday.

Peluso won 16 of 22 faceoffs and he also added four ground balls. Peluso joins Matt Delmonico as the only Griffins to earn a weekly ECAC award this season.

Peluso is 70-119 in faceoffs (.588) this season. He has also added a goal and 21 ground balls.

The Griffins moved up one spot to No. 7 in the latest USILA Division II Coaches Poll and also moved up a spot to No. 8 in the Lacrosse Magazine Poll.

Seton Hill will play host to Lake Erie on Sunday.

Sanner, Slagus shine in meet

The Seton Hill track and field teams competed at Slippery Rock on April 4.

Mallory Sanner and Jessica Slagus placed first and third in the javelin competition at the meet. Sanner had the nation's 11th best throw of the season and a provisional qualifying mark of 43.48 meters. Slagus threw her collegiate best 38.41 meters.

Chelsia Poole placed second in the steeplechase and Leah Schott finished second in the 1,500 meters with a career best time of 4:49.40. Megan Cala was third in the 1,500 and fifth in the 800, Jenna Bracken took home second 100 hurdles, Shannon Powell was third in the high jump, and Nichelle McMillan ran her fastest time of the season in the 400 (1:01.14) and placed second.

Vicki Miller finished third in the shot put, second in the hammer and seventh in the discus.

On the men's side, Bobby Gould ran a PSAC qualifying time in the 100 and 200, placing fourth and second, respectively. Anthony Peluso qualified for the PSAC championships in the 200 and finished third and ran a career best time in the 400 (50.47), just shy of the PSAC mark by .07 seconds. He finished third in the event.

Terry Jackson (Greensburg Salem) continued to shine by winning the 110 hurdles (14.96).

The teams will be off to different locations next week as they compete at Kutztown Thursday and Friday, Robert Morris Saturday and Bucknell Saturday and Sunday.

UPG women perfect

Pitt-Greensburg women's softball team improved to 4-0 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, 10-6 overall, by sweeping Franciscan and Medaille.

The Bobcats defeated Medaille, 8-0 and 8-1.

Meghan Uher allowed four hits and struck out 13 in the 8-1 victory.

Caitlin Tobin (Hempfield) went 4 for 4 with three RBIs, while Morgan Russo and Sarah Giebel each had two RBIs.

In Game 2, Kara Barclay tossed five scoreless innings, and Jaymee Humbert drove in three with three hits.

Record for Rowland

Brandon Rowland (Greensburg Salem) set a school pitching record with seven consecutive strikeouts during a 14-4 win over Butler County Community College.

Rowland came on in relief of starting and winning pitcher Steven Bender and was unhittable during his record breaking performance.

He also helped himself at the plate with two hits while teammates Matt Shoemaker, Tyler Lilja and Steven Bender all recorded two hits apiece.

Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.

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