HPU baseball clinches series win with 10-2 victory

Mar. 16, 2013 @ 09:47 PM

The High Point University baseball team scored in each of the first three innings on its way to a 10-2 win over Central Connecticut State on Saturday afternoon at Williard Stadium. The win clinches the weekend series for the Panthers.
High Point improves to 9-10. CCSU falls to 4-6.
“This was another very solid performance today,” HPU head coach Craig Cozart said. “I think we picked up right where we left off last night. We really did a good job of sustaining our offensive pressure throughout the game. Sean Townsley battled despite not having his best stuff and gave us six quality innings and Malcolm Clapsaddle did a great job from the pen and gave them no chance to get back in the game. We have to come out with the same mentality tomorrow and accept nothing less than a sweep.”
HPU senior Willie Medina went 3-for-6 with two doubles, driving in three runs and scoring twice. Mike Miedzianowski was 1-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Redshirt-junior Sean Townsley got the start and pitched six innings to improve to 3-0.
The series ends today at 1 p.m. at Williard Stadium.

HPU MEN’S LACROSSE FALLS TO UMBC, 16-11
BALTIMORE, Md. — The High Point University men’s lacrosse team battled UMBC on Saturday in Baltimore, Md., taking a 16-11 loss on the road. Redshirt-freshman Adam Seal and freshman Dan Lomas had three goals each.
“I thought the effort was good but not the best we’ve had all season,” said head coach Jon Torpey. “We didn’t execute the little details well like staying out of the box and they took advantage. They are a very well-coached team and they capitalized on our small errors. We gave them too much of a cushion early and spent the entire game playing catch up.”
UMBC took a quick 4-0 lead in the game. High Point cut it to one goal in the second quarter but were unable to catch the Retrievers.
Seal and Lomas led HPU with three goals each while Matt Thistle added two goals and two assists. HPU went 15-for-17 on clear attempts and won 17-of-28 faceoffs.
Scott Jones led UMBC with three goals and Nate Lewnes had two goals and four assists.
UMBC took a quick 4-0 lead in the game six minutes in to the first quarter. The Retrievers capitalized on some big saves from Wes DiRito and turned them in to goals at the other end.
Thistle put High Point on the board with a goal with 1:35 left in the opening quarter. Bryce Parietti blocked the UMBC defender behind the cage allowing Thistle to wrap around a score with a shot at Wes DiRito’s feet.
Jones picked up a lose ball in front of the cage and scored for the Retrievers with 11:35 in the second quarter. Less than a minute later Bucky Smith grabbed a pass from Dylan Bozel, dodged past a defender and scored from the right alley to make it a 5-2 game.
Austin Geisler saved a shot from Matt Gregoire and got the ball out to Michael  Messenger. Messenger passed the ball from midfield to Thistle at the left post for a goal to cut UMBC’s to two, 5-3.
Jones bounced a shot past Geisler to push UMBC’s lead back to three, 6-3. Back-to-back goals by Brendan Montrello and Thistle got HPU within one again. Montrello whipped a shot in from the top, left of the attack zone. Lomas picked up a ground ball on front of the cage after a shot from Thistle was block. Lomas shot across his body to make it a 6-5 lead.
UMBC scored the next three goals to again open up a four-goal lead, 9-5, with 3:19 left in the second quarter.
Seal picked up a ground ball near the UMBC cage and passed out of traffic to Thistle behind the net. Thistle quickly sent the pass to Lomas streaking in front of the cage for a score. HPU trailed 9-6 at the half.
To open the third quarter Scott Hopmann scored for UMBC to give the Retrievers a 10-6 lead. With 10:24 on the clock in the third Smith fakes like he was going to pass and fired a shot from the left alley for his second goal of the day. Just over a minute later Brad James passed the ball in to traffic and found Seal who scored as he fell to the ground. At the end of the third quarter UMBC led High Point 11-9
The Retrievers scored the first goal of the fourth quarter a minute and a half in to the period. Seal scored his third goal of the game with 9:50 remaining to make it a 12-10 game. Montrello passed to Seal directly in front of the cage for a score. UMBC went on to win the game 16-11.
HPU returns home to face Brown on March 24 at 1 p.m. at Vert Stadium.

RICKERT, MAROIS REACH HPU WOMEN’S TRACK RECORDS
WINSTON-SALEM — Freshman Christine Rickert set a new High Point University women’s track & field record in the javelin to highlight the Panthers’ performance at the Wake Forest Open on Saturday. Freshman Jill Marois tied the HPU record in the outdoor pole vault.
“Certainly, those two performances stand out on the women’s side,” said HPU head coach Mike Esposito of the record performances. “We’re looking forward to a lot of good performances from Christine and Jill. Alyssa Palenchar was also very strong in the pole vault. We’ve got to get better on the oval and we’re looking forward to running all of our distance kids in our home meet next week.”
Rickert’s record throw of 43.90 meters came on her first attempt. She placed third overall in the event. Of her six attempts, three were beyond the old school record of 42.48 meters (139-4) set by Amber Donnelly at the Wake Forest Open in 2009. Freshman Zoey Miller placed 22nd in the javelin with a throw of 31.64 meters (103-10).
Marois won the B-section of the pole vault with her clearance of 3.45 meters (11-3.75). She tied Rachel Webb’s school record from 2011. Palenchar cleared 3.20 meters (10-6) to place second while sophomore Ashton Kirby placed 10th in the event.
Freshman Lilla Lorand was HPU’s top finisher on the track, placing 16th in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:06.10. Freshman Michelle Stolz took 22nd in 1:07.10 and freshmen Stephanie Quinn and Sara Katherine Kirkpactrick took 29th and 31st, respectively. Sophomore Emily Fischer led three HPU entrants in the 200-meter dash, placing 43rd with a time of 26.08.
HPU’s 4x100-meter relay team took 16th with a time of 51.37.
In Friday’s action, Lorand placed 26th in the 400-meter with a time of 59.27. In the 100-meter hurdles, Stolz placed 30th overall in 16.80 seconds. HPU’s only field event competitor on Friday was freshman Erica Herrmann. She won the B-section of the high jump, clearing 1.58 meters (5-2.25).
Next weekend, High Point hosts its only home meet of the season, the VertKlasse Meeting. The majority of the meet is on Saturday with feature events starting at 2 p.m. at Vert Stadium.

HPU MEN’S TRACK WRAPS UP WAKE FOREST OPEN
WINSTON-SALEM — The High Point University men’s track & field team finished up the Wake Forest Open on Saturday. Senior Dakota Peachee took sixth in the 1,500-meter on Friday and placed ninth in his career debut in the 400-meter hurdles on Saturday.
“Dakota ran very well last night in the 1,500-meter and 55.27 was pretty good in the first hurdles race of his life,” said HPU head coach Mike Esposito. “Eddie Whitlock had a nice PR in the 800 and Cody Seymour engaged well in the 3K. In the jumps it was good to see Max Coleman and Jordan Carr make the final in the long jump. Obviously last night, Austin Miller did very well in the pole vault. He’s going to be very good.”
Peachee ran a career-best 3:51.86 in the 1,500-meter on Friday. On Saturday in his first 400-meter hurdles race ever, he placed ninth with a time of 55.27 seconds.
Junior multi-athlete Tristian Faure also made his debut in the 400-meter hurdles and placed 10th in 55.28. Freshman Dennis Crawford took 13th in 55.53 and freshman Nick Hula took 23rd in 57.96.
Freshman Eddie Whitlock was HPU’s only entrant in the 800-meter and took 15th with a time of 1:55.34. In the 200-meter dash, sophomore Ben Gjebre took 50th with a time of 22.93. Freshman Cody Seymour made his outdoor debut in the 3000-meter and took fifth overall with a time of 8:50.50.
In field events, freshman Jordan Carr placed 10th in the high jump with a clearance of 1.89 meters (6-2.25) and took seventh in the long jump with a distance of 6.80 meters (22-3.75). Redshirt-sophomore Max Coleman placed sixth in the long jump with a leap of 6.83 meters (22-5) and cleared 1.84 meters (6-0.5) to place fifth in the B-section of the high jump.
Freshman Jim Wilson placed 20th in the discus with a throw of 41.01 meters (134-6) after placing 35th in the shot put on Friday. High Point’s 4x100-meter relay placed 10th in 43.38.
Senior Jacob Smith, running unattached, won the 3,000-meter with a time of 8:40.50.
Also on Friday, freshman Austin Miller cleared 4.70 meters (15-5) to place second in the pole vault. He was just off the HPU record of 4.75 (15-7) from 2008. Junior Evan Emery placed third in the 100-meter dash in a time of 10.53 and Crawford took 12th in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.76.
Next weekend, High Point hosts its only home meet of the season, the VertKlasse Meeting. The majority of the meet is on Saturday with feature events starting at 2 p.m. at Vert Stadium.