Panthers trip Runnin’ Bulldogs in 11 innings

Feb. 28, 2014 @ 11:24 PM

The High Point University baseball team scored off a wild pitch in the top of the 11th inning to pick up a 2-1 win over Gardner-Webb in a non-conference game at the Elon Invitational on Friday afternoon.

Junior John McGillicuddy allowed just one run in eight innings of work for the Panthers.
“This was a really good win for our team,” head coach Craig Cozart said. “This was a high level baseball game. Both Fraudin and McGillicuddy were outstandin on the mound. We made a ton of plays defensively. We had great belief, our guys never gave up and figured out a way to win.”
With the score tied at 1-1 in the 11th inning, High Point loaded the bases with an error by the Runnin’ Bulldog third baseman, a single by junior Spencer Angelis and a walk by freshman Mitch Reeves. With junior Dane McDermott at the plate, GWU pitcher Mitch Warner bounced a ball past the catcher allowing pinch runner Mike Miedzianowski to score the go-ahead run.
Senior John Maloney pitched a perfect bottom of the 11th, including strikeouts of the final two GWU batters to pick up the win. McGillicuddy pitched a career-high eight innings and allowed one earned run on five hits and two walks while striking out a career-high seven batters. Maloney pitched the final three innings and struck out four batters.
Mitch Warner took the loss for Gardner-Webb, allowing one unearned run on one hit and two walks in two innings of work.
The win was High Point’s fifth in a row and sixth in seven games. The Panthers improved to 6-4. Gardner-Webb dropped to 3-6.
High Point returns to Burlington to face host Elon University on the second day of the Elon Invitational on Saturday. Senior Mike Krumm will start for HPU against the Phoenix. First pitch is set for 12:30 p.m.

SMITH SPARKS HPU’S MEN ON FIRST DAY OF BIG SOUTH TRACK
BLACKSBURG, Va. — The High Point University men’s track & field team picked up two event wins on the first day of the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships on Friday in Blacksburg, Va. Redshirt-senior Jacob Smith won the 3,000-meter and the Panther DMR team finished in first to lead HPU.
High Point currently sits in second place with 37 total points after the first day of action. Liberty leads the field with 74 points.
“We didn’t have a perfect day but it was pretty good,” said HPU head coach Mike Esposito. “It was great to see Jacob get a win and the DMR group was exciting to watch. Paddy Grandinali had a great final leg and held off the VMI team. We are in pretty good position heading in to the final day.”
Smith finished the 3,000 meters with an indoor career-best time of 8:14.72, nearly two second better than the second-place finisher. It is the second time that Smith has won the 3,000-meters at the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships having previously won in 2012. Senior Patrick Crawford also scored in the event for the Panthers, finishing in fifth place with a time of 8:23.97.
The HPU Distance Medley Relay team of Jeff LaCoste, Nick Hula, Kevin Maquire and Paddy Grandinali took first with a combined time of 10:06.18. The Panthers crossed the line just three-tenths ahead of second-place finisher VMI.
Dennis Crawford ran a time of 8.11 in the preliminaries of the 60-meter hurdles, the third best time of the day. He broke the school record of 8.24 that he shared with Alex Fisher.
Two HPU student athletes scored in the field events on Friday as sophomore Austin Miller finished fourth in the pole vault and sophomore Adam DeVito finished sixth in the long jump. Miller earned five points towards the team score by clearing a height of 4.70 meters (15-5). Devito cleared a season-best distance of 6.96 meters (22-10) in the long jump to earn three points.
Several HPU athletes competed in preliminary events on Friday and qualified for the event finals later this weekend. Senior Evan Emery was the top qualifier in the 60-meter dash, finishing with a time of 6.87.
In addition to running in the DMR, Hula qualified for the 400-meters with a time of 49.35. Paul O’Donoghue and Eddie Whitlock both qualified in the 800 meters. O’Donoghue had the second-best time on the day, crossing the line in 1:53.75 and Whitlock finished two spots back in fourth with a time of 1:53.43.
The Big South Championship will continue on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.

PANTHER WOMEN SET SCHOOL RECORD AT BIG SOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP
BLACKSBURG, Va. — The High Point University women’s track & field Distance Medley Relay team set a new school record on the way to a second-place finish to lead the Panthers on the first day of the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships on Friday.
High Point ends the first day of the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships in third place with 26.5 points. HPU trails Liberty, who leads with 62 points, and Coastal Carolina, who finished the day with 53 points.
“The DMR group did a great job,” said head coach Mike Esposito. “Our team surrounded the track and created a great atmosphere. It was a great way to end the first day. Our pole vaulters continue to make good progress and be a very strong part of our program.”
The Panther’s DMR team of sophomore Katie Farina, junior Emily Fischer, senior Audrey Malloy and freshman Natalia Ocasio posted HPU’s best result of the day, finishing second with a time of 12:04.42. The foursome set a new school record, beating the previous time of 12:07.18 by nearly three seconds. The previous record was set by Kandi Givner, Sumiyaa Hunter, Andrea Boyd and Jasmine Jones-Green.
Sophomores Jill Marois and Alyssa Palenchar matched the school record of 3.65 meters in the pole vault, finishing second and third respectively. The height was a new career-best for Marois who bested Palenchar on number of attempts. Sophomore Catelyn Griffin also scored for HPU, finishing seventh with a height of 3.50 meters.
Sophomore Julia Zautcke finished seventh in the 3,000 meters picking up two points in the team competition. Zautcke scored with a career-best time of 10:15.67.
Sophomore Sara Katherine Kirkpatrick finished eighth in the Pentathlon to earn a point towards the team score for HPU. Kirkpatrick’s best finishes came in the 800-meters, where she came in second with a career-best time of 2:22.36 and the high jump, where she finished in fifth with a career-best jump of 1.54 meters.
Senior Audrey Malloy qualified for the finals of the 800 meters, finishing second in the preliminary heats with a career-best time of 2:16.01.