HPU baseball shuts out Longwood, 12-0
The High Point University baseball team rolled to a 12-0 win over Longwood in the first game a three-game weekend series on Friday night at Williard Stadium. Graduate student Adam Barry led High Point with four hits in the win.
“This was a great all-around game for us tonight,” HPU head coach Craig Cozart said. “When Willie Medina gets on base at the top of the order good things happen. Devin Bujnovsky was driving guys in and Adam Barry is incredibly hot with the stick right now. On the mound, Jacob Newberry did what he has been doing and set the tone right from the start. We had great energy and we need to carry that through the entire weekend.”
High Point scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Panthers scored five times in the third inning, increasing their lead to 8-0.
Barry finished 4-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Devin Bujnovsky went 2-for-5 and led the team with three RBIs and Ryan Retz went 1-for-3 with two RBI and a team-high three runs scored.
Senior Jacob Newberry started the game for High Point and pitched seven shutout innings to earn his second win of the season. Newberry gave up just three hits and two walks while striking out seven. He improved his ERA to a team-best 2.45 in 2013.
High Point and Longwood return to Williard Stadium for the second game of their weekend series today at 6 p.m.
HPU WOMEN’S LACROSSE CRUSHES WINTHROP
HIGH POINT — The High Point University women’s lacrosse team capitalized on 21 of its 31 shots and defeated Winthrop 21-5 on Friday night at Vert Stadium. Sophomore Kendyl Gardner scored four times and redshirt-freshman Emilie Pugliese scored the first three goals of her career. Junior Mackenzie Carroll scored twice with six assists.
“Winthrop is a good team so we were very excited to get such a big win today,” said HPU head coach Lyndsey Boswell. “Our attackers played very well and we got a lot of production from our bench.”
High Point improved to 5-6 overall and 3-0 in the Big South while Winthrop fell to 8-6 overall and 2-2 in Big South play. It was the Panthers’ third home game in a row.
Along with Gardner and Pugliese, redshirt-senior Grace Gaeng also posted a hat trick and had five draw controls while three others scored two goals a piece. Senior goalie Anna Wallingford made four saves for the win. Sophomore Julia Burns played the last 20 minutes and made fives saves.
HPU junior midfielder Alec Perry scored twice to extend her season-long goal scoring streak. Freshman Emily Meier scored twice, marking her third game in a row with multiple goals.
The Panthers are back in action on Sunday when they host Liberty at 1 p.m. at Vert Stadium.
DUKE MEN’S LACROSSE WHIPS HPU
DURHAM — The High Point University men’s lacrosse team stayed within two goals of No. 7/9 Duke in the first half before falling to the Blue Devils 17-6 on Friday night.
Redshirt-sophomore Austin Geisler made 15 saves in the game, including 13 in the first half. Freshman Dan Lomas led the Panthers with three goals and freshman Michael Messenger added two goals.
“I was really proud of the fight the team showed tonight,” said HPU head coach Jon Torpey. “Duke is a tremendous team and the guys gave a great effort. We gave Duke too many offensive possessions, especially in the third quarter, and they capitalized. The team continues to get better and the experience our young players got tonight will pay off down the road.”
Josh Dionne and David Lawson scored three goals each for Duke while Case Matheis finished the game with two goals and three assists.
The Panthers return to Vert Stadium for the final home game of the season on April 13. HPU will host another first-year program, Marquette, at noon.