Panthers stop Bucs 6-1 in series opener
Junior Josh Spano hit an RBI double in the eighth inning to drive in two runs and break a 1-1 tie as the High Point University baseball team picked up a 6-1 win over Charleston Southern in the series-opening game on Friday night in Charleston, S.C.
“This was a tough ballgame tonight,” HPU head coach Craig Cozart said. “Their guy threw a hell of a game but John McGillicuddy was just as good. We finally got some timely hits from Josh Spano and Spencer Angelis in the eighth and ninth innings to give us the cushion we needed. Conor Lourey was absolutely dominant yet again. It is great to get the first win but we have another doubleheader tomorrow so we have to figure out how to put together 18 great innings.”
Junior John McGillicuddy earned the win on the mound for the Panthers, improving to 3-2 on the season. McGillicuddy allowed just one run on seven hits and four walks over seven innings of work while striking out four. Lourey pitched the final two innings and recorded three strikeouts to pick up his second save of the season.
Tory Schroff suffered the loss for Charleston Southern, dropping to 2-2 on the season. Schroff pitched 7-1/3 innings and allowed three earned runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out five. Schroff left in the eighth inning having only allowed one run but was charged with both runs on the Spano double.
High Point improves to 16-13 overall and 5-5 in the Big South. Charleston Southern drops below .500 overall at 16-17 and falls to 2-8 in the Big South.
High Point took an early 1-0 lead in the third with an RBI single by senior Kyle Brandenburg to drive in junior Dane McDermott. The Buccaneers tied the game at 1-1 in the fourth with an RBI groundout by Nate Blanchard.
The game remained tied until in the top of the eighth inning when Spano hit an RBI double to put the Panthers in front 3-1. Spano came to the plate following back-to-back singles by freshman Josh Greene and junior Spencer Angelis and went the other way with a 2-1 pitch, sending a double into the right-center gap to score both HPU base runners.
HPU extended its lead to 6-1 with three runs in the ninth on a bases-loaded double by Angelis. Freshman Chris Clare and McDermott both earned one-out walks and Brandenburg was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Angelis. The High Point first baseman laced a double to the wall in center, clearing the bases to put HPU up by five.
Angelis finished 4 for 5 with three RBIs and a run scored for the Panthers. Junior Dane McDermott reached base four times, going 2-3 with a walk, a hit-by-pitch and two runs.
Chase Shelton finished 3 for 3 at the plate with a double and a walk for the Buccaneers. Alex Tomasovich saw his nation-best 24-game hit streak come to an end on Friday as the senior finished 0-4 at the plate with a walk.
High Point and Charleston Southern will wrap up their three-game weekend series with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at noon in Charleston, S.C. The final game was moved up a day from Sunday due to the threat of inclement weather.
SPAULDING KEYS HPU MEN IN TRACK
HIGH POINT — The High Point University men’s track & field team kicked off the sixth annual VertKlasse Meeting on Friday. The Panthers had a strong showing on the first day with three individual winners in Christian Spaulding, Max Coleman and Harris Coley.
Spaulding won the javelin with a throw of 67.05 meters (220-0), which bested runnerup Zachary Robertshaw of Duke who threw 57.45 meters (188-06). HPU freshman Drew Francouer placed third in the event with a mark of 53.63 meters (175-11).
Coleman won the participation section of the high jump for a second consecutive year at the VertKlasse with a clearance of 1.94 meters (6-4.25). The redshirt-junior’s mark was a team-season best and matched his career-best clearance.
In the participation section of the men’s pole vault, HPU had the top two finishers in sophomore Harris Coley and freshman Jose San Miguel. Coley won with a clearance of 4.57 meters (15-0) with San Miguel second at 4.37 meters (14-4).
HPU sophomore Jim Wilson placed eighth in the shot put with a throw of 13.46 meters (44-02).
On the track, redshirt-senior Jacob Smith was runnerup in the 1,500 in 3:48.65. Furman Elite’s Michael Hammond won the event with a meet-record 3:46.80. Smith’s time was just off the previous meet and facility record, which he set in 2012 at 3:48.14.
HPU junior Chris Colo also had a successful day with a fourth place finish in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a career-best and team season-best time of 9:19.64.
The event concludes Saturday.
HPU’S RICKERT SETS MEET RECORD
HIGH POINT — The High Point University women’s track & field team kicked off the sixth annual VertKlasse Meeting on Friday. Sophomore Christine Rickert set the meet record in the javelin with a throw of 47.26 meters (155-01).
Rickert’s mark on the first day of the event was just off of the HPU school record of 47.78 meters (156-9), which she set at last year’s Liberty Collegiate Invitational. Sophomores Zoey Miller placed eighth in the event with a mark of 31.67 meters (103-11) and Sara Katherine Kirkpatrick came in 19th with a toss of 24.53 meters (80-06).
Also in the field events, sophomore Erica Herrmann was runner-up in the participation section of the high jump with a clearance of 1.55 meters (5-1). Freshman Erika Bridges matched that clearance to set a new personal best and finish fourth in the event while Miller and Kirkpatrick cleared 1.50 to place fifth.
On the track, senior Audrey Malloy was the second collegiate finisher and third overall in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:21.05. Freshman Natalia Ocasio came in right behind Malloy in fourth in 11:29.81. Mary Ballinger of Zap Fitness won the event while setting the meet and track record with a time of 10:40.62.
Freshman Cozette Collin won her heat of the 1500-meter with a career-best time of 4:49.43, which placed her 15th overall. In the 5,000, junior Leah Anne Wirfel led a group of five HPU runners with a fifth place showing in 18:15.02.
The event concludes Saturday.
HPU MEN’S LACROSSE VISITS BELLARMINE SATURDAY
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The High Point University men’s lacrosse team travels to Louisville, Ky. Saturday to face Bellarmine at 7 p.m. at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium. The Panthers have won seven of their last eight games.
High Point improved to 7-3 on the season with a 15-7 win at Furman last Saturday. The victory also pushed HPU to 3-1 in Atlantic Sun play. The Panthers are second in the league standings behind Mercer. The Bears are 3-0 against Atlantic Sun opponents.
Bellarmine is 5-4 on the season. The Knights snapped a four-game losing streak on Monday with a 10-7 win at Marquette. Bellarmine already has wins over Atlantic Sun members VMI and Furman this season. Last year Bellarmine beat High Point 12-5 in Louisville, Ky. Thistle and Mitchell Dupere each scored two goals in the game and Geisler made 13 saves. It is the only game in Lomas’ career where he did not score a point.