Silber sets strikeout record in HPU’s 6-4 win at Longwood
Freshman Cas Silber set an HPU Div. I single-game record with 13 strikeouts in High Point University baseball’s 6-4 win over Longwood on Saturday night in Farmville, Va. HPU clinched its fifth conference series victory of the season with the win over the Lancers.
“Today was a very impressive effort by Cas Silber,” head coach Craig Cozart said. “To throw six innings split by bad weather in the middle and have the dominant stuff he did was just great. I was pleased with our offensive approach and Brady Williamson had a huge game for us. I am proud of the way the team handled the adversity presented by the weather. We have to come out with the intent to sweep (Sunday).”
Silber pitched a career-high six shutout innings, allowing three hits and two walks to improve to 4-0 on the season. The freshman’s 13 strikeouts best the previous HPU record of 12, which was accomplished five times, last by Bubba O’Donnell in 2008. Senior John Maloney pitched the final 1-1/3 innings to earn his ninth save of the season. As a team, High Point struck out 17 batters, tying the program’s Div. I record which was set against Radford in 2012.
Brandon Vick took the loss for Longwood after allowing six runs, three earned, in 5-1/3 innings of work. Vick allowed six hits and two walks while striking out three to fall to 4-7 on the season.
High Point improved to 27-19 overall and 14-9 in the Big South with Saturday’s win. Longwood dropped to 20-30 overall and 8-15 in conference action.
Junior Brady Williamson put the Panthers on the board in the third inning with his first home run of the season to give HPU a 2-0 lead. Williamson got a hold of an 0-1 pitch and hit a hard shot over the wall in left. Freshman Chris Clare reached on an error and scored on the home run.
After a 98-minute rain delay between the third and fourth innings, Williamson extended HPU’s lead again with a solo home run in the fifth to put the Panthers ahead, 3-0. The left fielder swung at the first pitch he saw and hit a deep shot over the wall in left for his second home run of the day.
Williamson is the second High Point player to record two home runs in game during the 2014 season. Junior Josh Spano< hit two home runs in a home win over Winthrop on April 18. Prior to that game HPU’s last multi home run game came in 2011 when Ryan Retz hit two against VCU.
High Point scored three times in the sixth to double its lead to 6-0. The Panthers scored one run on a swinging bunt by junior Dane McDermott then added two more on a single to right by Williamson.
Williamson finished 3 for 5 at the plate with two home runs, five RBIs and two runs scored.
High Point will try and complete its sweep of Longwood when the teams meet for the third and final game of the series on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Farmville, Virginia. Freshman Andre Scrubb will start for the Panthers as they got for their third weekend sweep of the season.
SMITH, CRAWFORD SPARK HPU MEN’S TRACK
Seniors Jacob Smith and Patrick Crawford finished second and third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to lead the High Point University men’s track & field team at the second day of the Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville, Va.
Smith finished second with a time of 8:57.46, just behind BYU’s Curtis Carr who won in 8:57.03. Crawford took third with a time of 9:04.37, edging out BYU’s Travis Fuller who was fourth in 9:04.95. ‘
Junior Christian Spaulding placed third in the javelin with a throw of 65.78 meters.
Junior Chris Colo finished fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase participation with a time of 9:15.23, just two seconds off his collegiate best. Junior Jeff LaCoste ran the 5,000 in 14:57.37. He finished eighth.
Sophomore Paddy Gandinali finished seventh in the 10,000 in 31:05.82.
At the N.C. A&T Aggie Last Chance Meet on Sunday, Austin Miller will once again compete in the pole vault, joined by Jose San Miguel. Max Coleman will take part in the long jump. Emery will run the 100-meter dash for the second time in the weekend while Eddie Whitlock will run the 800-meter and Nick Hula and P.J. Lidonde take on the 400-meter hurdles.
HPU’S EMERY WINS 100 METERS AT VIRGINIA CHALLENGE
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Senior Evan Emery won the 100-meter dash to lead the High Point University men’s track & field team on Friday at the Virginia Challenge. The Panthers will be in action at the Aggie Last Chance Meet in Greensboro Sunday.
Emery ran a season-best time of 10.39 to win the event. He ran a 10.38 in the preliminaries to move on to the final. Andrew Kuras also ran in the prelims but didn’t qualify for the final with a time of 15.09.
Sophomore Austin Miller failed to reach the first height in the men’s pole vault on Friday.
HPU’S MALLOY TAKES FOURTH IN 3,000-METER STEEPLECHASE
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Senior Audrey Malloy of the High Point University women’s track & field team competed in the steeplechase at the Virginia Challenge on Friday. The Panthers will compete in the Aggie Last Chance Meet in Greensboro Sunday.
Malloy finished fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:37.61 on Friday.