Walk-off single lifts Tribe past Panthers
The High Point University baseball team scored twice in the ninth to tie the game against William & Mary but the Panthers dropped the contest by a score of 5-4 after allowing a two-out bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth on Saturday afternoon.
“This was a hard-fought ballgame between two quality teams this afternoon,” head coach Craig Cozart said. “Unfortunately we didn’t get the result at the end. There are little things you go back to that happened during the game which got us the result we did. The effort and intensity were there. If we come back tomorrow and a little better in all the phases of the game then we will win this series.”
HPU got two runners on with one out in the top of the ninth with a double by sophomore Cody Manzella and a hit-by-pitch from freshman Sly Edwards. A groundout by graduate student Adam Barry advanced the runners and brought up senior Scott Glover who was pinch hitting for junior Kyle Brandenburg. The senior came through for the second day in a row with a single to center, platting both runners and tying the game at 4-4. Glover is now 2-2 with four RBI in two pinch hit appearances in the series.
A single and an intentional walk put two William & Mary runners on with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Redshirt-junior Jaime Schultz struck out his second batter of the inning for the second out, but a wild pitch advanced both runners. The Panthers intentionally walked the bases loaded to pitch to Ryan Hissey who was 0-4. The Tribe batter fouled off six pitches before hitting a single to center to score the winning run.
High Point falls to 14-13 with the loss which evens the weekend series at a game apiece. William & Mary improves to 19-9 on the season with the win.
Senior Willie Medina put the Panthers ahead, 1-0, in the top of the first inning after singling to lead off the game and coming around to score the first run of the game. Medina hit a swinging bunt to third for an infield single then advanced to third on an error by the William & Mary pitcher on a pickoff attempt. The shortstop scored on a passed ball to put HPU up. The Medina run broke a streak of 18-2/3 scoreless innings by William & Mary starter John Farrell.
William & Mary tied the game in the bottom of the first with an unearned run on an error by Medina but High Point came right back in the top of the second with another run to go ahead 2-1. Senior Ryan Retz singled to start the inning and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and a passed ball before scoring on a groundout to short by Edwards.
The Tribe scored twice in the bottom of the third inning to take its first lead of the series at 3-2. Michael Katz hit a one-out double to right to score the first run then came around to score on a double into the right-center gap by Charley Gould.
William & Mary added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh inning on an RBI double by William Shaw to straight-away center field. Katz walked and moved to second on a groundout before scoring with two outs on the Shaw double.
Barry and sophomore Josh Spano went 2-4 for the Panthers in the loss. Manzella went 1-3 with a run scored and Edwards picked up both an RBI and a run scored.
Schultz took the loss for High Point out of the bullpen. Schultz pitched 4-1.3 innings and allowed two runs on four hits and four walks while striking out five. Redshirt-junior Sean Townsley started for the Panthers and pitched 4-1/3 innings. Townsley allowed three runs, two earned on six hits and a walk while striking out two.
Farrell pitched his second-straight complete game to pick up the win for William & Mary. Farrell allowed a season high four runs, three earned, on 10 hits in his nine innings of work while striking out seven. The four runs and three earned runs allowed by Farrell were both season highs for the Tribe pitcher.
High Point and William & Mary will play the rubber game of their three-game weekend series Sunday at Plumeri Park. Senior Jared Avidon will get the start for HPU. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.
GRIFFIN SPARKS HPU WOMEN AT WSSU MEET
WINSTON-SALEM — Sophomore Catelyn Griffin won the pole vault and freshman Sara Katherine Kirkpatrick placed second in the high jump to lead the High Point University women’s track & field team at the WSSU Collegiate Invitational on Saturday.
Griffin competed in her first outdoor meet since the 2012 Big South Outdoor Championship and cleared 3.20 meters (10-6) to win the pole vault. The mark tied her collegiate best. Freshman Alyssa Palenchar cleared 3.05 meters (10-0) to place second and sophomore Ashton Kirby cleared 2.75 meters (9-0.25) to place third in the pole vault.
“Catelyn jumped with a short approach and tied her PR, so that’s fantastic for her,” said HPU associate head coach Eric Dudley. “It was her first meet of the season after recovering from an injury. She took a lot of time off from full vaulting, which gave her time to work on a lot of details and lay the foundation for a great future. Hopefully today’s performance was an indicator of some of that work.”
Kirkpatrick competed in four events while training for the heptathlon, which she will compete in at the Big South Championship. She placed second in the high jump with a height of 1.50 meters (4-11) and placed 10th in the shot put with a throw of 8.22 meters (26-11.5). On the track, Kirkpatrick took 11th in both the 200-meter (27.39) and 100-meter hurdles (19.88). Freshman Zoey Miller is also training for the heptathlon and placed 17th in the 200 and 10th in the 100-meter hurdles.
“Sara Katherine and Zoey were supposed to compete in a full heptathlon this weekend, but unfortunately there weren’t enough competitors,” said Dudley. “We were able to get them into the day-one events in mostly the right order, so it was still a good introduction for them. They both had some decent performances but showed there’s a lot of room to improve.”
Freshman Christine Rickert placed sixth in the discus with a throw of 29.77 meters (97-8). She is the current Big South Field Performer of the Week after setting the HPU record in the javelin last Saturday.
FAURE LEADS PANTHER MEN AT WSSU INVITATIONAL
WINSTON-SALEM — Junior Tristan Faure placed second in two events and third in another to pace the High Point University men’s track & field team at the WSSU Collegiate Invitational on Saturday. Freshman Austin Miller won the pole vault.
“Tristan had a really good day, getting career bests in the pole vault, hurdles and javelin,” said HPU associate head coach Eric Dudley. “For him, his events were similar to the second day of the decathlon without the 1,500. The throwing events are still an ongoing project for Tristan, but he’s getting a technical understanding of all of them. This meet will really help as we push forward in Tristan’s quest for 7,000 points in the decathlon this season.”
Faure placed second in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.27 and took second in the pole vault with a height of 4.10 meters (13-5.25). He also took third in the javelin with a throw of 46.81 meters (153-7) and placed ninth in the discus with a distance of 34.33 meters (112-7).
Miller won the pole vault with a height of 4.40 meters (14-5) and freshman Harris Coley placed third with a height of 3.80 meters (12-5.5).
“Austin won the pole vault fairly easily,” said Dudley. “This meet comes at a perfect time in the season, three weeks before the conference championship. We were able to experiment with some technical tweaks in a low-pressure situation. Hopefully some of those tweaks will pay off later in the season.”
Freshman Jim Wilson placed fifth in the discus with a throw of 41.56 meters (136-4) and sophomore Christian Spaulding placed sixth at 39.91 meters (130-11). Spaulding is the current Big South Field Athlete of the Week after setting the HPU record last Saturday.
In the horizontal jumps, redshirt-sophomore Max Coleman placed sixth in the triple jump in his career debut in the event. He notched a distance of 12.63 meters (41-5.25). Freshman Will Narramore placed 10th in the long jump at 5.83 meters (19-1.5).
In the men’s 1,500-meter, freshmen Jeremy Lewis and Nick Davis placed 10th and 21st, respectively. HPU senior Jacob Smith, who is redshirting this season and competing unattached, won the event with a time of 3:52.35.
HPU MEN’S TRACK SETS RELAY RECORD
RALEIGH — The High Point University men’s track & field team saw a school record set in the 4x1500-meter relay on Saturday at the Raleigh Relays. Benji Szalai, Jeff LaCoste, Patrick Crawford and Dakota Peachee combined for the record.
“The 4x1500 went very well today,” said HPU head coach Mike Esposito. “Benji led off in about 3:53, Jeff LaCoste ran a solid leg. Dakota ran 3:52-low. It was solid and our 4x800 relay was solid too.”
The Panthers set a school record of 15:38.63 in the 4x1500. The team placed third behind winner Duke (15:38.63) and runner-up Clemson (15:46.37). The Pantehrs beat Pittsburgh. HPU’s second 4x1500 team placed ninth with a time of 16:24.26.
Later in the day HPU’s 4x800-meter relay team of Szalai, Paul O’Donaghue, Eddie Whitlock and Peachee placed eighth with a season-best time of 7:40.57. The Panthers also entered a team that placed 22nd in 8:05.40.
In the individual running events, freshman Dennis Crawford placed 15th and senior Ryan Venable placed 16th in the 110-meter hurdles on Friday. Crawford placed second in his heat in 14.87 and Venable won his heat in 14.88. Crawford was the best of HPU’s three finishers in the 400-meter hurdles, placing 42nd overall in 56.73. Freshman Andrew Kuras won his heat and placed 65th overall in the 100-meter dash in 11.19.
Redshirt-sophomore Max Coleman was the only field-event competitor for HPU at the Raleigh Relays. He placed 12th in section II of the long jump with a distance of 6.49 meters (21-3.5).
HUNT BREAKS HPU WOMEN’S RECORD IN 10K
RALEIGH — Senior Kelsey Hunt headlined the High Point University women’s track & field team’s performance in the Raleigh Relays on Friday and Saturday. Hunt set an HPU record of 36:00.70 in the 10,000-meter on Friday night.
“That was a great result for Kelsey,” said HPU head coach Mike Esposito. “She has been rock solid and she took advantage of beautiful conditions. She actually cramped up during part of the race, so she’s capable of going even faster.”
Hunt broke Zsanett Kis’s HPU record of 36:12.19 from the Raleigh Relays in 2009. She placed 18th overall. Sophomore Lauren Blackwell placed 26th in the 10,000-meter in a career-best time of 36:43.24.
Also in Friday’s track events, junior Audrey Malloy placed 12th in the top section of the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a season-best time of 11:11.90. Freshman Michelle Stolz won her heat and placed 95th overall in the 400-meter in a time of 1:00.35. On Saturday, Stolz won her heat and placed 32nd overall in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 1:04.39.
The Panthers’ sprint medley relay team of Emily Fischer, Emily De Lena, Lilla Lorand and Colleen Hollowood placed 10th overall in a time of 4:10.81. HPU’s 4x1500-meter relay team of Katie Farina, Malloy, Julia Zautcke and Hollowood opened up Saturday’s action also placing 10th. The Panthers’ 4x100 relay of DeLena, Stolz, Kaitlin Whittington and Fischer placed 34th in a season-best 49.47.
“Audrey’s steeplechase was very encouraging as she continues to make progress after being injured,” said Esposito. “Michelle Stolz took a big step forward in the 400 hurdles today. Katie Farina ran a very good leg, around 4:45, in the 4x1500.”