Weekend College Top 10: Wins, runs keep coming for Point Park baseball
Every Monday, the Tribune-Review will highlight 10 top area college performances from the weekend:
1. No. 16 Point Park baseball rolls on
The Pioneers totaled 40 runs and 53 hits in a three-game sweep of Ohio Christian over the weekend, winning 9-7 and 20-1 on Friday and 11-1 on Saturday. In the opener, senior Edberg Dominguez went 4 for 5 with a double and two RBIs, and junior Erik Montero finished 3 for 3 with two runs and three RBIs. Senior Ben Herstine (Beaver) highlighted Game 2 with a grand slam, and senior Chris Hernandez was 3 for 4 with three doubles and four RBIs. Junior Felix Castillo earned the win after throwing four perfect innings. Ohio Christian didn't have a runner reach until the seventh inning. In Saturday's finale, senior Jake Horew (Chartiers Valley) and Dominguez hit back-to-back homers in the Pioneers' six-run third inning. Point Park improved to 25-2 overall and 15-0 in the River States Conference.
2. W&J baseball takes three from Thomas More
The Presidents returned from an up-and-down Florida trip by beating the PAC rival Saints three times over the weekend, including a walk-off 6-5 victory Saturday. With the Presidents trailing 5-4 entering the ninth, senior Dan Trettel (North Allegheny) reached on an error and scored on a two-out double by senior Mark Merlino (Penn-Trafford). Freshman Joey Bolick (Pine-Richland) came on as a pinch runner and scored on junior Justin Griffin's single. Griffin also homered, and Merlino finished with two RBIs. In the first game Saturday, Bryce Schnatterly (3-0) struck out six and in eight innings as the Presidents prevailed 10-3. Merlino drove in three runs, and Trettel and junior Spencer Howell had three hits apiece. Sophomore Ben Marsico (North Allegheny) led the Presidents to a 7-0 victory Friday by allowing four hits in eight innings. W&J improved to 11-8, 4-0, and Thomas More fell to 5-10, 2-2.
3. Pitt baseball wins 1st series vs. Virginia
Senior Frank Maldonado capped a strong series by going 2 for 3 with three RBIs in the Panthers' 4-1 win over the Cavaliers on Sunday in the decisive game of their three-game set. He finished 5 for 9 with nine RBIs in the series. Junior Liam Sabino homered Sunday for Pitt (14-10, 4-8 ACC), which won 7-5 on Saturday after losing the opener 10-7. Virginia, a perennial national power, dropped to 15-13, 4-8.
4. IUP junior scores nine goals to equal record
Ally Burrows tied the single-game school record with her offensive performance in Saturday's 22-14 victory over Millersville. She also moved into third place in program history with 139 career goals, 17 out of second place and 28 out of first. The Crimson Hawks improved to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in the PSAC.
5. Geneva baseball team's streak ends at 12
The Golden Tornadoes topped Westminster, 11-6, in the opener of Saturday's PAC doubleheader before the Titans bounced back for an 11-10 victory. Geneva, which went 8-27 last season, moved to 14-3 overall and 3-1 in conference. Senior Joey Luciana (St. Joseph) went 4 for 5 with two runs and two RBIs in the opener for the Golden Tornadoes, and freshman Garrison Wieland had four RBIs. Senior Joseph Salmen (Union) went 3 for 5 with three RBIs for Westminster. In Game 2, Vince Guerrieri (Latrobe) had three hits and three RBIs for the Titans (7-6, 2-2). Geneva rallied with eight runs in the top of the ninth but fell short. Luciana finished with three RBIs.
6. No. 22 La Roche baseball slams Penn State Behrend
A grand slam by junior Joe Professori (Pine-Richland) highlighted the Redhawks' 12-7 victory over Penn State Behrend in Game 2 of their Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference doubleheader Saturday. Freshman Jay Novak (Laurel Highlands) also homered, and sophomore Tre Thomas (Ambridge) struck out eight in 6 2⁄3 innings for the win. La Roche (13-4, 2-0) won Game 1, 9-3, behind three RBIs from Novak.
7. Offense shines again for Seton Hill lacrosse
Junior Jack Moran scored five goals, freshman John Hofseth had four and the Griffins routed Ohio Valley, 22-3, in a Great Midwest Athletic Conference matchup Saturday. Seton Hill improved to 8-1 overall and 2-0 in conference.
8. Cal (Pa.)'s Means warming up
Junior Jae'Len Means (Gateway) won the 100-meter dash at Saturday's Bethany Invitational, and his time of 10.84 seconds was the fastest in the PSAC this season.
9. Bhanja leads Carnegie Mellon women to win in quad meet
Junior Debarati Bhanja broke a 23-year old school record in the 100-meter dash as the Tartans won the Carnegie Mellon Quad on Saturday. Her time of 12.48 seconds eclipsed the previous mark of 12.54. Carnegie Mellon won 11 events, including victories by Bhanja in the 200 and long jump. Senior Sarah Cook (Hampton) placed first in the 800. CMU earned 221 points, and Penn State Behrend took second with 177. Duquesne also competed and won five events, led by senior Jenny DelSignore's Gesling Stadium-record time of 10:01.99 in the 3,000 meters.
10. School records fall as Tartans men take first in home meet
Junior Andrew Harter (3,000 meters) and senior Jacob Schofel (discus) broke school records as the Tartans won 10 events en route to victory Saturday in the Carnegie Mellon Quad. Harter's time of 8 minutes, 38.39 seconds topped the old mark of 8:41.63 held by classmate Jared Moore. Schofel, who also won the hammer throw, threw the discus 156 feet, beating the record of 155-6 set by James Hulley in 2010. Carnegie Mellon won with 221 points, and Penn State Behrend placed second with 177.