Retz homer powers Panthers past Bulldogs in 10
Senior Ryan Retz hit a solo home run in the top of the 10th inning to lead the High Point University baseball team to a 3-2 win over homestanding UNC Asheville on Sunday afternoon. The win clinches the series for HPU.
“Today was a great example of just figuring out a way to win,” HPU head coach Craig Cozart said. “We struggled in offensive situations for most of the game but Jaime Schultz went out and had a tremendous outing for us. He put us in position to give the ball to Joe Goodman at the end and Retz came through with a solo home run. I love that we are in position to pick up a sweep on the road.”
Retz led off the 10th and sent the first pitch he saw over the left field wall for his fourth home run of the season and his second in three games. The homer put the Panthers ahead for the first time in the contest.
Goodman earned the win for High Point after pitching 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. The sophomore allowed one hit while striking out three.
Brian Connolly took the loss for UNCA. Connolly allowed one run on one hit and one walk during two innings of work out of the bullpen.
HPU improves to 21-20 overall and 8-6 in Big South play. UNCA drops to 13-28, 2-12.
HPU’s Devin Bujnovsky went 3 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored.
The Panthers go for the sweep today at 1 p.m.
HPU WOMEN’S LACROSSE FALLS TO OHIO STATE
HIGH POINT — The High Point University women’s lacrosse team led in the second half but Ohio State scored eight unanswered goals to get a 15-10 win over HPU on Sunday afternoon at Vert Stadium. Junior Alec Perry and freshman Kendyl Gardner each posted hat tricks for High Point.
“We battled hard in the first half but unfortunately we didn’t take advantage of all of our possessions in the second half today,” said HPU head coach Lyndsey Boswell. “It was good to get out here against a non-conference opponent and really test ourselves. That will help us going into the Big South Tournament next weekend.”
Perry also posted two draw controls. She has scored at least one goal in every game this season. For Gardner, it was her fourth hat trick of the season. Junior defender Patricia Bigelow had five ground balls and four caused turnovers to lead the defense.
Ohio State got four goals each from Katie Chase and Kelsea Ayers.
High Point fell to 8-8 while Ohio State improved to 7-8.
HPU’s Anna Wallingford made eight saves and Grace Gaeng had two assists and two draw controls.
The game concluded the regular season for High Point. The Panthers are the No. 2 seed for the Big South Tournament, which consists of semifinals on Friday and a championship game on Sunday. The game is hosted by the No. 1 seed, Davidson.
HPU MEN’S GOLF TIED FOR EIGHTH IN BIG SOUTH TOURNEY
NINETY-SIX, S.C. — High Point University sits tie for eighth after Sunday’s first round of the Big South Men’s Golf Championship at The Patriot at Grand Harbor.
The Panthers and Charleston Southern opened the 54-hole event with 313, 19 strokes off the pace set by first-round leader Liberty. Coastal Carolina holds second, two back at 296, followed by Winthrop at 299, Radford and Campbell at 304, Presbyterian at 305, Gardner-Webb at 309, HPU and CSU at 313 and Longwood at 320.
Charles Valluzzo led the Panthers with 76, followed by Chase Wilson, McCay Tye and Tommy Dillon at 79 and Brian Sullivan at 83. Liberty’s Max McKay leads at 70, followed by Coastal’s Sebastian Soderberg at 71.
The second round is today with the final round set for Tuesday.