Weekend College Top 10: Trio of baseball coaches hit milestones
Every Monday, the Tribune-Review will highlight 10 top area college performances from the weekend:
1. Pitt's Jordano records 850th career win
The Panthers baseball team went 4-0 over the weekend in Kissimmee, Fla., including a 9-0 rout of UMass on Saturday that gave coach Joe Jordano his milestone victory. Jordano previously coached at Mercyhurst, where he earned 283 wins. Redshirt junior Blair Calvo started and struck out seven in four scoreless innings, and sophomore R.J. Freure earned the win after striking out nine in four innings of relief. Earlier Saturday, the Panthers (9-2) handed Butler (9-1) its first loss, as senior Matt Pidich struck out nine in six innings in a 3-0 victory. On Friday, Pitt defeated UMass, 3-2, and the Panthers rolled past the Minutemen, 10-5, on Sunday behind three hits apiece from senior Frank Maldonado and redshirt junior Liam Sabino.
2. Seton Hill coach Marizzaldi reaches 500 wins
Freshman Tyler Peterson homered and drove in four runs, senior Mark Colella had four RBIs and the Griffins pounded Missouri-St. Louis, 22-9, on Sunday in Kissimmee, Fla. Coach Marc Marizzaldi improved to 500-263 in 15 seasons. Senior Tom McCarthy (Baldwin) went 2 for 3 with three RBIs for Seton Hill, which dropped to 4-1 after a loss later Sunday to Rockhurst.
3. Point Park's Torres earns 400th victory
The Pioneers baseball team swept IU Kokomo, 6-3 and 14-1, on Saturday, as coach Loren Torres reached the milestone in the second game. Torres, in his ninth year at Point Park, also spent five years at Judson (Ill.). His career record is 400-245, including 293-141 with the Pioneers. In the opener, sophomore Cole Horew (Chartiers Valley) went 3 for 4 with two RBIs. In Game 2, junior Felix Castillo struck out 11 in six innings, and senior Jake Horew (Chartiers Valley) had three runs and three RBIs.
4. Edinboro women earn PSAC basketball title
Redshirt junior Jontay Walton scored 20 of her 22 points in the second half as the Fighting Scots downed Millersville, 77-66, on Sunday at IUP. Tournament MVP Michaela Barnes, who had a career-high 29 points in the semifinals against West Chester, finished with 18 on Sunday. Edinboro (26-3) received an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament and was awarded the fourth seed in the Atlantic Region. It plays fifth-seeded Virginia State (23-5) on Friday. Third-seeded IUP (26-3) and sixth-seeded Cal (Pa.) (23-5) meet in another first-round game. Top-seeded Virginia Union, the national runner-up last season, earned the top seed and will host the eight-team regional.
5. Three Penn State wrestlers win Big Ten titles; team takes 2nd
Senior Zain Retherford (149 pounds), sophomore Mark Hall (174) and junior Bo Nickal (185) earned titles over the weekend at the conference championships and were among nine wrestlers to advance to NCAAs. Retherford, who was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Year, also broke the school record with his 89th consecutive win. Sophomore Vincenzo Joseph (Central Catholic) placed second at 165 and moved on to NCAAs. Junior Jason Nolf (Kittanning) started 2-0 to earn an automatic bid to NCAAs before the team elected to medically forfeit him for the rest of the conference tournament. Penn State, which won the Big Ten regular-season title, finished with 148 points, trailing Ohio State's 164.5. Iowa's Spencer Lee (Franklin Regional) was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
6. Pitt wrestlers Forys, Zanetta NCAA-bound
Seniors Dom Forys (North Allegheny) and Nick Zanetta (Keystone Oaks) took third place at 133 and 141 pounds, respectively, over the weekend in the ACC championships and earned automatic berths in the NCAA championships. Junior LJ Bentley (125) also placed third. Forys will be competing in the NCAAs for the fourth consecutive year, and Zanetta will be making his debut.
7. Point Park's Shields wins 2 national titles
Junior Anna Shields finished first in the mile and 1,000 meters at the NAIA indoor track and field championships Saturday in Pittsburg, Kan. Her times of 4 minutes, 37.3 seconds in the mile and 2:46.22 in the 1,000 just missed the meet records. Point Park freshman Ana Benitez (Plum) took eighth in the triple jump to earn All-American honors.
8. Robert Morris men advance to Atlantic Hockey quarterfinals
Sophomore Daniel Mantenuto scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period, and the Colonials held on to beat Bentley, 3-2, in the decisive Game 3 of their first-round series. Sophomore Francis Marotte had 31 saves for Robert Morris (15-19-3), which opened the series with a 3-1 victory Friday before losing 4-3 on Saturday. The Colonials take on Holy Cross in the quarterfinals beginning Friday.
9. Mercyhurst women's hockey tops Robert Morris, clinch NCAA berth
Sophomore Emma Nuutinen scored twice as the Lakers defeated the No. 9 Colonials, 5-3, in Saturday's College Hockey America championship. The victory gave Mercyhurst (18-14-4) an automatic spot in the NCAA Tournament, where it will take on top-ranked and defending national champion Clarkson (33-4-1) at 2 p.m. Saturday in Potsdam, N.Y. Robert Morris finished the season 21-8-4.
10. W&J senior sets lacrosse scoring record
Caroline Kallos had four goals to lift the Presidents past Franciscan, 10-4, on Saturday and break the school's all-time record for points. Kallos needed one point to tie 2011 graduate Courtney Schrock's previous mark of 233. It was Kallos' 31st career game with three or more goals.