Panthers turn back Spartans, 7-4
The High Point University baseball team picked up a 7-4 win on the road at UNC Greensboro on Wednesday night. The win is HPU’s fifth in six games as the Panthers improve to 5-4 on the season.
“We didn’t play a pretty ballgame today but the win makes it worthwhile,” HPU head coach Craig Cozart said. “We have some things to work on. This team is still developing, but I am encouraged that we can go on the road and win a game even when we don’t play our best brand of baseball.”
Freshman Cas Silbe improved to 1-0 on the season, earning the win out of the bullpen with two innings of work. Silber allowed one run on three walks while striking out two. Senior John Maloney got the save with 1 1/3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen. HPU starter Alex Grossed worked 2 2/3 innings in his pitching debut. Gross allowed one earned run on four hits and two walks while striking out two.
UNC Greensboro starter Andrew George was charged with the loss after pitching 4 2/3 innings and allowing four earned runs on five hits and five walks while striking out four. The Spartans drop to 2-5.
Chris Clare had a team-high three hits in the game for the Panthers, going 3-5 with an RBI. Dominic Fazio also finished with multiple hits for HPU, going 2-5 with a run scored.
High Point heads down the road to play in the Elon Invitational in Burlington this weekend. The Panthers will open the weekend with a nonconference game against fellow Big South squad Gardner-Webb on Friday and will play host Elon on Saturday and Saint Joseph’s on Sunday.
HPU MEN’S TRACK & CROSS COUNTRY SIGNS THREE
HIGH POINT — The High Point University men’s track & field and cross country team has signed three recruits to its 2014-15 class. The three newcomers are distance runners James Quattlebaum and Ryan Udvadia and pole vaulter Todd Uckermark.
Quattlebaum, who hails from Greenville, S.C. and attends Christ Church Episcopal School, became the first male runner in South Carolina to win four individual cross country state championships when he won last fall.
Udvadia is from Shoreham, N.Y., and attends Shoreham-Wading River High School. He won the Suffolk County Cross Country championship in 2012 and 2013 and earned All-State honors in both seasons. On the track, Udvadia won the 3,200-meter and 1,600-meter championships in 2013 and earned All-Conference honors in both winter and spring.
Uckermark, of Warwick, N.Y., attends Warwick Valley High School and is currently ranked as the No. 3 pole vaulter in the U.S. Uckermark has a career-best clearance of 5.10 meters (16-9), which came this year, and has won individual championships at the Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA) Championships, New Balance Games and Hispanic Games. He recently placed sixth at the 2014 Reno Vault Summit.
The Panthers are coming off a runnerup finish at the 2013 Big South Cross Country Championship and are headed to compete at the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships in Blacksburg, Va. this weekend.