Weekend College Top 10: Penn State swimmer makes history with NCAA title
Every Monday, the Tribune-Review will highlight 10 top area college performances from the weekend:
1. McHugh becomes Penn State’s first women’s swimming national champion
Ally McHugh won the 1,650 freestyle in 15 minutes, 39.22 seconds at the NCAA championships Saturday in Austin, Texas. McHugh, who took silver in the event last year, also become the first swimmer in PSU history to earn medals in consecutive seasons.
2. Mercyhurst men prep for Elite Eight matchup
The Lakers (26-7), coming off their first NCAA Tournament Division II Atlantic Regional title, face top-ranked Northwest Missouri State (35-0) at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Evansville, Ind. Mercyhurst has won 18 of its past 22 games, including an 82-70 victory over No. 5 West Liberty in the regional title game. Patrick Smith had 16 points and 17 rebounds in earning regional MVP.
3. W&J’s Griffin totals 10 RBIs in doubleheader
Justin Griffin finished 4 for 8 with two homers and 10 RBIs as the Presidents earned a sweep of Thiel on Sunday in the PAC. Washington & Jefferson won by scores of 16-5 and 8-2, improving to 8-7 overall and 2-0 in league play.
4. Penn State fencers finish 2nd in nation
The Nittany Lions’ Karol Metryka won the title in men’s saber first, and Zara Moss placed second in women’s saber, helping Penn State to a runner-up finish at the NCAA championships over the weekend in Cleveland. Columbia won the team title.
5. Waynesburg baseball completes PAC sweep
The Yellow Jackets improved to 3-0 in conference play for the first time since 2003 after beating Geneva, 8-1 and 10-6, on Saturday. In the first game, Tyler Woodrow (Pine-Richland) hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and Ty Wickline struck out seven in a three-hitter. In Game 2, Waynesburg (9-8) trailed 5-1 after seven innings. Luke Winterbottom (Ringgold) broke a 6-6 tie with a two-run double in the ninth. Mark Overmier went 3 for 5 with a run and an RBI for Geneva (4-7, 0-3).
6. Cal (Pa.) baseball extends winning streak to 6
The Vulcans recorded a pair of PSAC sweeps against IUP over the weekend, improving to 16-3 this season. On Sunday, Cal prevailed 6-3 and 7-6. In the opener, Tyler Eritz (3-0) allowed three runs and seven hits. Eric Fairman (Thomas Jefferson) broke a 3-3 tie in the seventh inning with an RBI double. In Game 2, Fairman’s three-run homer in the sixth inning broke a 4-4 tie.
7. RMU men’s hockey team’s run ends in semifinals
Daniel Mantenuto tied the score with 1 minute, 55 seconds left, but top-seeded American scored 1:44 into overtime en route to a 3-2 victory in the Atlantic Hockey semifinals Friday in Buffalo, N.Y. Francis Marotte finished with 35 saves for eighth-seeded Robert Morris (16-22-2).
8. Clarion baseball earns historic sweep
The Golden Eagles swept defending PSAC champion Seton Hill in a doubleheader for the first time in school history, winning 9-1 and 10-4 on Saturday. The Griffins bounced back Sunday, prevailing 5-2 and 5-3 to earn a series split. In Saturday’s opener, Alex Ficorilli (Shaler) went 3 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs, and Thomas Lavin finished 3 for 3 with two runs and an RBI. Nate Torbich struck out five and allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings. In the second game, Lavin hit a three-run homer for Clarion.
9. Grove City men’s golf places first at invite
Jacob McConnell shot 73 to place second individually, leading the Wolverines to the team title at the seven-school Carnegie Mellon Invitational on Saturday. Grove City’s team score of 321 topped Pitt-Bradford by one stroke. Saint Vincent’s Nate Yackovich (Pine-Richland) shot 71 to earn medalist honors.
10. Allegheny pitcher hits milestone
Sean Kealey struck out nine — including the 100th of his career — to lift the Gators past Augsburg (Minn.), 11-2, on Friday. Kealey allowed two runs, six hits and one walk. Allegheny (7-7) has won seven of its past nine games.
Jeff Vella is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .