HPU baseball falls to Saint Joseph’s
The High Point University baseball team fell to Saint Joseph’s 4-1 in the final game of the Elon Invitational on Sunday afternoon in Burlington. Freshman Chris Clare went 2 for 4 and scored HPU’s only run in the loss.
“When the hits aren’t coming easy that is when you have to throw strikes and make plays which we did not do today,” HPU head coach Craig Cozart said. “Both of their innings were facilitated by walks and errors. Unfortunately that beat us today. We need to play defense on days we aren’t scoring. We will get back out there and be ready for Tuesday.”
Freshman Andre Scrubb took the loss and dropped to 0-2 on the season. The freshman pitched five innings and allowed two earned runs on three hits and four walks while striking out a career-high seven.
The Panthers, who saw their six-game winning streak snapped, fell to 7-5.
Saint Joseph’s improved to 3-3 with its second win in as many days.
High Point returns to Williard Stadium to open a nine-game homestand beginning on Tuesday, when the team hosts Elon University.
HPU MEN PLACE THIRD IN BIG SOUTH INDOOR TRACK
BLACKSBURG, Va. — The High Point University men’s track & field team won four events and finished third at the Big South Indoor Championship on Friday and Saturday in Blacksburg, Va. The four wins were most ever for HPU at a Big South indoor meet and the Panthers also set four HPU records.
Champions included Evan Emery (60-meter), Eddie Whitlock (800-meter), Jacob Smith (3,000-meter) and HPU’s distance medley relay team of Jeff LaCoste, Nick Hula, Kevin Maguire and Paddy Grandinali.
“We had a great performance this weekend,” said HPU head coach Mike Esposito. “All the winners and the school records made it special. The 108 points were the second-most we’ve ever scored and more than we scored last year when we finished second last year. It was a great atmosphere and we’ve got great momentum going into the outdoor season.”
Liberty won the team title with 161.5 points followed by Campbell (137) and High Point (108). VMI finished third with 73 points followed by Gardner-Webb (58), Radford (55.5), Charleston Southern (52), Winthrop (12) and UNC Asheville (six).
The distance medley relay team set a school record of 10:06.18 while getting the win on Friday night. They edged VMI (10:06.41) by less than a second and broke the old HPU record of 10:07.20 from 2009.
Emery’s 60-meter championship time of 6.83 was an HPU record, besting the old record of 6.84 by Justin Conaway from 2008.
High Point went 1-3 in the 800-meter. Whitlock got the win in 1:53.32, edging VMI’s Avery Martin (1:53.58). HPU sophomore Paul O’Donoghue placed third in 1:54.05.
Smith won the 3,000-meter with a time of 8:14.72 on Friday evening. On Saturday, Smith placed second in the mile (4:09.07) and fifth in the 5,000-meter (14:41.35). Senior Patrick Crawford also had a strong showing in the distance events, placing third in the 5,000-meter (14:28.91) and fifth in the 3,000 (8:23.97). LaCoste placed seventh and Grandinali placed eighth in the 5,000.
HPU finished the meet on Saturday by taking second in the 4x400 relay with a school-record time of 3:18.46, besting the old HPU record of 3:19.81 from 2003. Hula, O’Donaghue, Whitlock and Dennis Crawford were on the record relay team.
Crawford posted an HPU record of 8.11 in the preliminaries of the 60-meter hurdles on Friday, then came back with an 8.18 (also under the old record) to place third in the final on Saturday. Hula place sixth in the open 400-meter (49.92) on Saturday.
HPU scored nine points in the pole vault on Friday. Sophomore Austin Miller cleared 4.70 meters (15-5) to place fourth and freshman Jose San Miguel placed fifth with a height of 4.40 meters (14-5.25).
The Panthers also had a strong showing in the jumps. Sophomore Will Narramore placed fifth in the triple jump with a distance of 14.16 meters (46-5.5) and eighth in the long jump at 6.79 meters (22-3.5). Sophomore Adam DeVito took sixth in the long jump at 6.96 meters (22-10) and freshman Patrick Irwin placed eighth in the triple jump with a leap of 13.41 meters (44-0).
It was the fourth time in 12 Big South indoor championships that High Point finished in the top three. High Point posted its best Big South indoor finish, second place, last year. HPU scored 108 points this season and 98.5 last year.
HPU WOMEN FINISH FIFTH IN LEAGUE MEET
BLACKSBURG, Va. — The High Point University women’s track & field team finished fifth in the Big South Indoor Championship on Friday and Saturday in Blacksburg, Va. It was HPU’s best indoor finish in five seasons and the Panthers recorded a pair of runner-up finishes.
“We’re improving in a lot of areas and we have a lot of momentum right now,” said HPU head coach Mike Esposito.
Coastal Carolina won the championship with 203 points followed by Liberty (148), Campbell (77) and Charleston Southern (57). High Point placed fifth with 41.5 points followed by Radford (40), Gardner-Webb (27.5), Winthrop (25), VMI (23) and UNC Asheville (21).
High Point’s distance medley relay team of Katie Farina, Emily Fischer, Audrey Malloy and Natalia Ocasio placed second with an HPU record time of 12:04.42. Ocasio was the Panthers’ anchor leg and was just edged at the finish by Liberty’s Katie Russo. The previous HPU record was 12:07.18 in 2008. The Flames won the race in 12:04.07.
In the pole vault, sophomores Jill Marois and Alyssa Palenchar finished second and third, respectively, each clearing 3.65 meters (11-11.75) to tie the HPU record. HPU’s Catelyn Griffin placed seventh with a height of 3.50 meters (11-5.75).
The Panthers’ 4x400 relay team of Emily De Lena, Fischer, Lilla Lorand and Sara Katherine Kirkpatrick finished off the meet with a sixth-place finish. They combined for an HPU-record time of 3:54.78, coming in just under the previous indoor record of 3:54.80 set at the Big South Championship in 2008.
Malloy, a senior, placed fifth in the 800-meter with a time of 2:16.66. Sophomore Julia Zautcke was fifth in the 5,000-meter in 17:55.77 and seventh in the 3,000-meter with a time of 10:15.67. After miscounting her laps in the 5K, Zautcke struggled to the finish but still took fifth.
Farina took fifth in the mile with a time of 5:02.54 and freshman Cozette Collin also scored, placing eighth with a time of 5:06.96. Kirkpatrick placed eighth in the heptathlon with a score of 3,017 points.
The Panthers’ fifth-place finish was up from sixth the last two seasons.
HPU’S WALLACE EARNS BIG SOUTH PLAYER OF WEEK HONOR
High Point junior guard Devante Wallace has been named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, while Winthrop guard Keon Johnson has been named The Crons Brand Freshman of the Week for games played the final week of the regular season.
Wallace averaged 17 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in leading the Panthers to a 2-0 week and the outright Big South regular-season championship. Johnson averaged 18.5 points, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals in helping the Eagles to two wins last week.