A-K Valley campus clippings: W&J to honor Springdale graduate
Lynne Szarnicki Rau helped put Washington & Jefferson women’s golf on the map during her time with the Presidents, and the Springdale graduate is getting a prestigious honor from her alma mater.
Washington & Jefferson last week announced Szarnicki Rau as one of the selections to its athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
Szarnicki Rau, a 2005 W&J graduate, won four consecutive Presidents’ Athletic Conference championships as an individual, all by two shots or more. She also helped the Presidents win back-to-back conference titles in 2001 and ‘02, when the program was in its third and fourth years of existence.
The class will be inducted Sept. 6.
Bethany: Junior Tyler Alworth (Highlands) hit a walk-off homer in the 10th inning to lift the Bison to a 4-3 win over Chatham earlier this month. He had five RBIs in another win over Chatham and pitched a complete game with five strikeouts in a 5-2 win over Washington & Jefferson.
IUP: Freshman Markus Cestra (Plum) contributed a pair of run-scoring doubles in the Crimson Hawks’ doubleheader sweep of Slippery Rock on Saturday. Cestra’s two-run double in the first game helped IUP earn a 10-8 win, and he added an RBI double in the second game, a 10-6 victory.
Seton Hill: Redshirt senior Nick Stotler (Plum) hit a three-run homer, his seventh of the season, as the Griffins routed Pitt-Johnstown, 18-4, in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday. Redshirt junior Chris Law (Knoch) went 3 for 5 with a double and two RBIs. Law also drove in two runs in the second game, a 5-4 loss.
IUP: Duane Brown (Apollo-Ridge), who will be a redshirt sophomore in the fall, made his presence felt early in the Crimson Hawks’ spring game. He caught a 72-yard pass on the opening drive and capped it off with a rushing touchdown. Justice Evans (Vandergrift/Central Catholic), who will be a junior in the fall, also ran for a touchdown.
Gannon: Junior Maria Taliani (Deer Lakes) drove in the game’s lone run with a sixth-inning double, giving the Knights a 1-0 win over Slippery Rock on Sunday in the second game of a doubleheader. Gannon clinched the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Division.
Penn State Behrend: Senior Katie Gozzard (Deer Lakes) collected the 150th hit of her career and scored the winning run in a 2-1 victory over Franciscan in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday. Gozzard went 6 for 8 with a triple and three runs in the doubleheader sweep, which clinched the regular-season Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championship. Gozzard also had a two-homer, five-RBI game earlier in the week at Hilbert, a 13-5 win. Freshman Ashleigh Schmidt (Freeport) drove in a run in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, a 10-2 win.
Penn State New Kensington: Sophomore Lauren Torgent (Highlands) hit a three-run, walk-off home run to give the Lions a 5-4 win over Penn State Greater Allegheny in the first game of a doubleheader. Sophomore Calle Zmenkowski (Fox Chapel) went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI. In the second game, seniors Erika Finn (Burrell) and Brittney Wolford (Burrell) both went 4 for 4 with a double, with Finn driving in three runs and Wolford two. Torgent had two hits, including a double, and two RBIs.
Mount Aloysius: Senior Dylan Matta (Plum) was named AMCC Player of the Week on April 15. He was honored after a 4-0 week, including a pair of straight-sets singles victories and two wins at doubles. His straight-sets win at No. 4 singles over Medaille’s Albert Morales secured a 5-4 victory.
Track and field
Grove City: Senior Aaron Bliss (Fox Chapel) finished second in the 400-meter run at the PAC championships, clocking a time of 50.43 seconds. Sophomore Logan DeJonge claimed an individual and relay medal, placing fifth in the long jump (15 feet, 10 1/2 inches) and helping the 400 relay team take third (51.71 seconds).
Washington & Jefferson: Sophomore Jack Ryan (Burrell) finished fourth in the 100 at the PAC championships in 11.24 seconds and also was part of the 400 relay, which took second in 42.66. Freshmen Taylor Johnson (Burrell) and Faith Remich (Burrell) ran with the girls 1,600 relay, which placed third. Remich took eighth in the 800 in 2:29.34, and freshman Naomi Hanna (Burrell) snagged seventh place in the shot put with a toss of 33-6 1/2.