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District college notebook: Point Park's Birko climbs school's career hit list

| Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 11:35 p.m.
Robert Morris athletics
Cassie Show, Robert Morris softball
Point Park athletics
Tom Birko, Point Park baseball
Jack Dennis, Cal (Pa.) pitcher
Lucie Sipkova, Cal (Pa.) tennis player
Courtesy Mercyhurst athletics
Mercyhurst pitcher Dan Altavilla

Point Park senior second baseman Tom Birko (Montour) went a combined 4 for 4 with four walks and moved into second place on the school's career hit list, leading the Pioneers to a doubleheader sweep of Berea (Ky.) on Friday that clinched the KIAC regular-season title.

Cal (Pa.)

• Sophomore pitcher Jack Dennis threw the Vulcans' first no-hitter since 2008, shutting down Pitt-Johnstown in a 2-0 victory April 16. He struck out seven, with the only blemish coming on a hit batter in the fourth inning.


• Junior Dan Altavilla (Elizabeth Forward) struck out 11 for his fourth shutout of the season, blanking No. 13 Seton Hill, 1-0, in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Friday.

Washington & Jefferson

• Senior center fielder Josh Staniscia (Franklin Regional) became the school's all-time hits leader in helping the Presidents beat Thomas More on Saturday. Staniscia's first-inning double broke the previous record of 221 hits held by 2010 graduate Jim Pasquine.

• Senior shortstop Kelsey Cunningham (Peters Township) had three hits in the opener of doubleheader sweep of Waynesburg on Tuesday, breaking the career record. Her 184 career hits moved her ahead of 2009 graduate Amanda Howard.


• Senior sprinterCarvin Nkanata won the 200 at the ACC championships Sunday in Chapel Hill, N.C. Classmate Brycen Spratling won the 400 in 45.49 seconds, which is the fourth-fastest time in the nation this season.

Of note

• IUP sophomore lacrosse player Drew Hayden (Pine-Richland) broke the program's single-season scoring record with her 56th goal, but the Crimson Hawks (11-4, 9-2 PSAC) were upset by West Chester, 14-13, on Saturday.

• The St. Vincent men's lacrosse team beat W&J, 7-5, in the PAC title game Thursday.

• The 12th-ranked Cal (Pa.) women's tennis team beat IUP, 5-0, on Friday for its eighth consecutive PSAC title. Senior Lucie Sipkova was named PSAC MVP.

• The Edinboro men's tennis team won its first PSAC title since 1978 with a 5-3 victory over defending champion Kutztown on Friday. Bruno Borja was named PSAC MVP.

• The Pitt baseball team (17-22, 9-12 ACC) ended an eight-game losing streak with a 13-4 victory over No. 20 Clemson on Sunday. Senior right-hander Matt Wotherspoon earned the win, moving him into third place on the Panthers' all-time list with 22 victories.

• West Virginia senior outfielder Jacob Rice was named Big 12 Co-Player of the Week after hitting .533 (8 for 15) with four RBIs in four games.

• Washington & Jefferson senior runner Cheyenne Mangold recorded the second-fastest NCAA Division III time in the 400 meters this season, finishing in 56.21 seconds Saturday at the Kentucky Relays.

• W&J freshman golfer Hunter Bagiatis (Hempfield) won the Doug Rogers Memorial Invitational on Thursday, helping the Presidents to the team title. Bagiatis then tied for first at Saturday's California (Pa.) Vulcan Invitational but lost on the third playoff hole.

• The Slippery Rock men's and women's track and field teams won their SRU Open on Thursday. Sam Taylor (Gateway) won the women's javelin at 158 feet, 7 inches, the best in the PSAC this season and sixth best in D-II.

• Robert Morris junior hockey forward Cody Wydo was named second-team All-USCHO after ranking second nationally with 31 goals. On Wednesday, Wydo was named RMU captain.

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