Weekend College Top 10: Thiel men claim 1st volleyball title
Every Monday, the Tribune-Review will highlight 10 top area college performances from the weekend:
1. Thiel men’s volleyball earns 1st conference championship
The Tomcats rallied from a first-set loss to defeat Wittenberg, 22-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-20, in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference title match Saturday. Jacobe DeRue led Thiel (17-12) with 13 kills, and Jacob Burkley had 11. Both were named to the all-tournament team. Stephen Borgen (Shaler) contributed 40 assists. Thiel’s men’s program began play in 2010 and joined the AMCC this season.
2. W&J baseball pushes winning streak to program-best 16 games
The Presidents swept Bethany, 7-0 and 4-3, in a PAC doubleheader Saturday. W&J’s streak is the second longest in NCAA Division III behind No. 1 Concordia Chicago’s 21 games. In the opener, Ben Marsico (North Allegheny) struck out seven in seven scoreless innings, and Dante Dalesandro (Mt. Lebanon) had four RBIs. In the second game, Mullen Socha broke a 3-3 tie with a homer in the seventh inning. The Presidents moved to 19-7, 14-0, and Bethany slipped to 17-11, 7-8.
3. IUP pitcher throws no-hitter
Senior Lauren Zola (Seton LaSalle) struck out six in her first career no-hitter, leading the Crimson Hawks to a 10-0 victory in Game 1 of a doubleheader sweep against Clarion on Saturday. The only Golden Eagles player to reach came on a hit batter in the fifth inning. IUP’s last no-hitter came in 2012. Kaitlyn Beers homered twice, including a grand slam. In the second game, Rachel Rodriguez went 3 for 3 with four RBIs as the Crimson Hawks won 12-7. IUP improved to 13-20-1 overall and 8-4 in the PSAC Central. Clarion dropped to 0-34, 0-11.
4. Seton Hill baseball earns emphatic sweep of No. 10 Mercyhurst
The Griffins rolled to a 22-1 victory in the first game — the largest margin of victory in a PSAC West game in school history — before prevailing 4-1 in the second game Saturday. In the opener, Nick Stotler (Plum) had three homers and six RBIs, and Tommy Pellis (Greensburg Central Catholic) went 3 for 3 with a grand slam and six RBIs. In the second game, George Coyle allowed one run and struck out six in a four-hitter for Seton Hill (18-14, 9-5), which is tied for third in the division with the Lakers (18-7, 9-5).
5. Point Park baseball throws combined no-hitter
Marco Quintanar, Ruben Ramirez and Robelin Bautista combined for 10 strikeouts in a no-hitter as the Pioneers dominated Cincinnati Christian, 22-0, on Saturday in the second game of a doubleheader sweep. Point Park ( (23-13, 14-7 River States Conference), which has won eight straight, scored 11 runs in the first inning and 10 in the third. Thirteen players recorded a hit, including Carlos Burroughs, who went 2 for 3 with three RBIs. In the first game, Cole Horew (Chartiers Valley) went 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs as the Pioneers won 8-4.
6. Pitt’s West strikes out 12 in victory
Derek West tied the Pitt record for most strikeouts at Charles L. Cost Field as the Panthers downed Wake Forest, 8-3, on Friday. West (1-2) allowed three runs and seven hits. Connor Perry (Norwin) went 2 for 3 with his ninth homer of the season and two RBIs, and Ron Washington Jr. finished 2 for 3 with three runs and two RBIs. Pitt (10-24, 3-15) lost both games Saturday to the Demon Deacons.
7. Westminster women’s golf comes back for PAC title
Mariah Hoff, Jocelyn Behr (Franklin Regional) and Emily Marcus (South Park) finished third through fifth individually, propelling the Titans to the team championship Saturday at Chestnut Ridge Golf Course in Blairsville. Westminster entered the day six strokes behind Washington & Jefferson, which finished second. The conference championship consists of 36 holes in the fall plus one round in the spring. Saint Vincent sophomore Sydney Ball earned medalist honors and was named PAC Player of the Year. W&J junior Alexandra Jakubow placed second. Westminster received an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III championships May 14-17 in Houston.
8. Pair of grand slams highlight Cal (Pa)’s win
Ben Maudie and Nico Marchetti hit grand slams in the second game of a doubleheader sweep against Clarion on Saturday, leading a 20-8 rout. Maudie finished 3 for 5 with eight RBIs for the Vulcans (26-8, 12-4 PSAC West), and Marchetti had six RBIs. In the first game, senior Tyler Eritz (West Allegheny) recorded his first career shutout, striking out three and scattering eight hits in an 8-0 victory. He improved to 5-0 this season for Cal, which is in second place in the division. Clarion dropped to 15-21, 5-11.
9. Grove City tennis continues dominance over in-state opponents
Senior Maggie Manchester won in singles and doubles to earn her 100th career victory, helping the Wolverines finish the regular season with a 9-0 triumph over Westminster on Saturday. Manchester is a combined 31-3 this season and holds a 100-43 record for her career. Grove City (15-2), which already clinched the PAC title in the fall, has won 20 straight matches against teams from Pennsylvania. The Wolverines will compete in the NCAA Division III Tournament starting May 9.
10. Duquesne women’s lacrosse rolls to victory
Maddie Hart scored five times, and Carlee Braverman added five goals as the Dukes rolled past St. Bonaventure, 18-5, in an Atlantic 10 match Sunday. Duquesne (8-6, 3-5) went on a 13-0 run in the second half to pull away from the Bonnies (1-15, 0-8).
Jeff Vella is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .