HPU baseball tops Radford, 10-6
The High Point University baseball team rattled off four runs in the seventh inning to pick up a 10-6 win over Radford on Saturday afternoon in Radford, Va. The win clinches the series for the Panthers, who have won each of the first two games.
The Panthers outhit Radford 18-7 in the game. Sophomore Stephen Wytiaz went 3 for 4 with a career-high five RBIs. Senior Willie Medina finished 3 for 6 with an RBI and a run scored while senior Ryan Retz went 3 for 5 with two RBIs and a run scored. Sophomores Josh Spano and Spencer Angelis also had strong days at the plate as Spano went 2 for 5 with an RBI and two runs scored and Angelis went 3 for 5 with three runs scored.
“This was a great win for us today,” HPU head coach Craig Cozart said. “It was a tight ballgame early but we were able to pull away in the late innings. Offensively we are really doing a great job right now. Stephen Wytiaz had a career game and it couldn’t have come at a better time. We played clean defense and did a great job offensively. We are happy that we were able to win the series now we have to figure out a way to get the sweep to put ourselves in a good position within the conference.”
Junior John Maloney earned the win for HPU after pitching 3 2.3 innings in relief and allowing just one unearned run. Maloney allowed just two hits and no walks while striking out one.
High Point improves to 17-19 overall and 5-6 in the Big South. Radford falls to 20-13, 7-4.
PALENCHAR SETS HPU WOMEN’S POLE VAULT RECORD
GREENSBORO — Freshman Alyssa Palenchar set the High Point University record in the women’s pole vault to lead the Panthers at the Aggie Invitational at North Carolina A&T on Friday and Saturday. Palenchar cleared 3.50 meters (11-5.75) to break the record from 2011.
Palenchar’s height of 3.50 meters bested the HPU outdoor record of 3.45 meters (11’3.75) set by Rachel Webb in 2011. Palenchar also set a new HPU indoor record of 3.35 meters (10’11.75) back in February. Jill Marois, also a freshman, cleared 3.35 meters (10-11.75) to finish second behind Palenchar. Sophomore Catelyn Griffin took fourth with a height of 3.05 meters (10-0). Sophomore Ashton Kirby placed sixth and junior Veronica Peskosky placed eighth.
Emily DeLana, a freshman, ran a career best of 12.62 in the 100 dash and won her heat of the 200-meter with a time of 26.75. Freshman Michelle Stolz ran a season-best 15.59 in the 100 hurdles, placing seventh in her heat and freshman Stephanie Quinn took third in her heat of the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:10.43.
Freshman Becca Baldinger led three HPU runners in the 1,500. She placed eighth in 5:10.32.
EMERY PACES HPU MEN’S TRACK
GREENSBORO — The High Point University men’s track & field team was led by Evan Emery at the Aggie Invitational at North Carolina A&T on Friday and Saturday. Emery ran a time of 10.36 with legal wind in the 100-meter dash.
Emery’s 10.36 in the preliminaries came with a legal wind of +1.1 and was his season best. He ran a time of 10.56 in the semifinals. Emery set HPU records of 10.31 in the 100-meter and 20.87 in the 200-meter last season. He has dealt with injuries throughout the 2012-13 campaign.
Freshman Dennis Crawford had a solid race in the 110-meter hurdles, placing fourth in the preliminaries with a tailwind at +3.9. His season-best with legal wind (2.0 or lower) is 14.63.
Freshman Austin Miller was runner-up in the pole vault with a height of 4.55 meters (14-11). He has a season-best of 4.70 meters (15-5), which is just off the HPU record of 15-7 by T.J. Brancaccio.
Redshirt-senior Corey Law competed in the first track & field meet of his career after four seasons of basketball at High Point University. Law competed in the long jump on Friday, getting a distance of 6.80 meters (22-3.5) on his third attempt. He placed 11th overall. Law is the HPU men’s basketball team’s No. 2 rebounder since joining NCAA Div. I in 1999-2000 and averaged 8.1 points and 6.4 rebounds in 109 career games.
Freshman Zach Hostetler placed sixth in the 1,500-meter and took fifth in his heat of the 800-meter. Freshman Jim Wilson took seventh in the discus and 11th in the shot put.