Campus clippings: Tre Tipton shines in Pitt’s Blue-Gold game
Tre Tipton received recognition for his improvement Saturday, then backed it up on the field.
The former Apollo-Ridge star caught both touchdown passes for Blue in its 14-7 victory over Gold in Pitt’s annual spring game Saturday at Heinz Field.
Tipton caught three passes for 43 yards and scores of 13 and 22 yards from starting quarterback Kenny Pickett in the third quarter.
Earlier in the day, Tipton, who will be a senior in the fall, was named one of the recipients of the Ed Conway Award, given out to the most improved offensive and defensive players of spring ball.
IUP: Jake Nulph (Apollo-Ridge) was named the Crimson Hawks’ defensive backs coach for the 2019 season. A former A-R quarterback, Nulph coached defensive backs and special teams last season at Duquesne, helping the Dukes finish third in the Northeast Conference in passing defense on their way to the NEC title. Before that, Nulph was defensive coordinator at Westminster from 2014-17, leading the Titans to the No. 1 total defense and scoring defense three times.
Penn State: Senior Nick Bowers (Kittanning) caught two passes for 54 yards for the Blue team during the Nittany Lions’ annual Blue-White spring game on Saturday.
Cal (Pa.): Freshman Jake McCaskey (Deer Lakes) went 4 for 6 with five runs scored as the Vulcans swept a doubleheader from Clarion on Sunday. He went 3 for 4 with four runs scored in the second game, a 20-8 win.
Seton Hill: Redshirt senior Nick Stotler (Plum) hit three of the Griffins’ six home runs in a 22-1 victory over Clarion on Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader. Stotler hit a solo homer in the second inning, a two-run homer in the fourth and a three-run homer in the fifth, finishing 3 for 4 with six RBIs and four runs scored. Redshirt junior Chris Law (Knoch) went 2 for 3 and scored three runs.
Franciscan: Freshman Anna Swierczewski (St. Joseph) helped the Barons establish a new program record for single-season victories with a doubleheader sweep over Penn State Altoona. Swierczewski went 3 for 6 in the two victories, hitting her third home run of the season in the second contest, a 6-0 Franciscan victory.
Gannon: Junior Rachel Tanilli (Deer Lakes) was named Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Division Athlete of the Week on Monday. Tanilli had the first multi-homer game of her college career when she went deep twice in the Golden Knights’ 6-1 victory over Slippery Rock on Thursday in the second game of a doubleheader. Tanilli’s first home run, a solo shot, tied the game in the fourth inning. An inning later she followed Kaity Stocker’s tiebreaking three-run homer with another solo shot. The outfielder also hit a solo homer in the first game of the doubleheader, a 7-6 Slippery Rock win. Fellow junior Maria Taliani (Deer Lakes) hit an RBI double in that game.
Point Park: Senior Tiffany Edwards (Deer Lakes) had her best day of the season at the plate in a doubleheader sweep of Slippery Rock, collecting six hits in seven at-bats. She went 4 for 4 with two runs scored in the second game, scoring a pair of runs in the 5-1 victory. In the first game Edwards went 2 for 3.
Saint Vincent: Freshman Celia Knappenberger (Knoch) pitched a four-hitter, leading the Bearcats to a 2-1 win over Grove City in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday. Knappenberger struck out eight batters and allowed just one unearned run. In the second game, sophomore Shae Robson (Deer Lakes) went 2 for 5 with two runs scored and an RBI to help Saint Vincent earn a 9-7 win.
Thiel: Seniors Jessica Kelley (Freeport) and Miranda Reesman (Leechburg) shined in the Tomcats’ doubleheader sweep of Waynesburg on Saturday. Kelley went 4 for 4 with two RBIs, three runs scored and pitched an eight-hit shutout in the first game, an 8-0 victory. Reesman, her catcher, went 3 for 4 with four RBIs in the win. In the second game, Kelley went 2 for 3 with an RBI and earned the save in a 4-2 win. Earlier in the week, Kelley went 8 for 9 with four RBIs in a doubleheader sweep of Grove City, while Reesman went 3 for 8 with a double and RBI.
Allegheny: Freshman Alex Lawson (Fox Chapel) shot a 6-over 114, finishing in a six-way tie for 13th place, at the weather-shortened Nye Intercollegiate in Wooster, Ohio.
Gannon: Sophomore Michael Marsico (Fox Chapel) finished fifth on the leaderboard, helping the Golden Knights to a second-place finish at the Dr. Edwin B. Cottrell Invitational hosted by West Chester. Marsico shot a 9-over 151 in the two rounds, second-best on Gannon’s team.
Grove City: Freshman Karsten Lagerquist (Fox Chapel) was named Presidents’ Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week last week after going 4-0 at singles and doubles in wins over Saint Vincent and Bethany. He won in straight sets at No. 1 singles and 8-0 with Paul Hodges at No. 1 doubles in the victory over Saint Vincent, then posted an 8-5 doubles victory and three-set win to help the Wolverines hold off Bethany, 6-3.
Track and field
Cal (Pa.): Sophomore Jalen Cloud (Kiski Area) set a new personal record in the triple jump with his leap of 14.39 meters (47 feet, 2.5 inches) at Bucknell’s Bison Outdoor Classic. He placed fourth in the event.
Washington and Jefferson: Sophomore Jack Ryan (Burrell) helped the Presidents’ 400-meter relay set a new school record with a time of 42.22 seconds at Saturday’s Westminster College Invitational. The team finished third in the event.
Penn State: Freshman Cal Fisher (Riverview), in just his third start of the season at libero, posted 11 digs in the Nittany Lions’ 3-1 win over NJIT. The dig total was the highest recorded by a Penn State player in a match this season.
Penn State: Redshirt senior Jason Nolf (Kittanning) received the Nittany Lions’ awards for most takedowns and most team points at their postseason banquet. Nolf finished his career last month as a three-time NCAA champion.