HPU women’s golf claims third title of season
The High Point University women’s golf team shot a combined 311 on Tuesday to move past Gardner-Webb and claim the team title at 613 at the Country Club of Spartanburg Spring Invitational on Tuesday.
“I am extremely happy that the girls were able to pull out the win,” HPU head coach Vici Pate Flesher said. “I am very pleased with how the team closed the day. We had six birdies in the last five holes. Sarah ended up in second and even though I know she was disappointed. I was proud that she kept it together, hung in there and made a great put on the last hole for tie for second. Tan played great today; she had a couple shots that were just outstanding. Grier showed great leadership with three birdies in the last four holes.”
Sophomore Tan Cheeranont had the low score of the day for the Panthers, carding a 75 for the round. Cheeranont finished tied for fourth in the tournament with a 36-hole score of 151.
Freshman Sarah Bae was the Panthers’ top finisher in the event, scoring 150 in the two rounds to finish tied for second. Bae shot 77 on Tuesday and finished one-stroke back of the individual medal winner.
Sophomore Casey Ward shot an 81 in the second round and finished tied for 10th at 155 while junior Grier Bennett carded a 78 to move up into a tie for 19th. Freshman Danielle Fuss struggled on the day with a score of 85 to finish the two-day event in a tie for 28th with a score of 164. Senior Margaret Suchan competed as an individual and finished in a tie for 19th with a two-day score of 160.
High Point claimed its third team title of the season with a 613. The Panthers finished two-strokes ahead of day-one leader Gardner-Webb. Host Wofford finished in third with a 617 and Winthrop finished fourth with a 628. Presbyterian College (648) and The Citadel (664) rounded out the team standings.
Gardner-Webb’s Julia Henderson claimed the individual medal with a 149. Henderson finished one stroke ahead of Bae and GWU’s Taylor Dodson.
High Point returns to action next week when the team heads to Kiawah Island, S.C., to play in the Edwin Watts Classic. The three-day event will begin on Sunday and will be played at the Kiawah Island Resort.
PANTHERS CRUISE PAST EAGLES
HIGH POINT — The High Point University baseball team jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back against North Carolina Central, finishing with a 16-3 win over the Eagles on Tuesday night at Williard Stadium. Senior Kyle Brandenburg went 3 for 3 at the plate with two triples and three RBIs.
“This is the type of midweek game that you really like to see,” HPU head coach Craig Cozart said. “We were solid in all aspects and got a lot of contributions off the bench. Peter Ripke was very solid once again on the mound. It was great to see the offense clicking the way it was today and hopefully we can carry that momentum into tomorrow.”
Freshman Ripke earned the win for High Point in his second collegiate start. Ripke pitched seven innings and allowed three runs, one earned, on seven hits while striking out three. Junior Jordan Skavinsky and freshman Sean Barry made their HPU debuts in the eighth and ninth innings, recording the final six outs of the game for the Panthers.
Andrew Wilson was tagged with the loss for N.C. Central. Wilson pitched just three innings and surrendered eight runs, three earned, on nine hits.
The Panthers improved to 4-4. The Eagles dropped to 1-5-1.
Brandenburg reached base in all five of his at bats with two triples, a single, a walk and a hit-by-pitch. Josh Greene finished with a team-high four RBIs while Dane McDermott had three RBIs and two runs scored.
HPU plays at UNC Greensboro today at 4 p.m.