HPU baseball sweeps Radford

Apr. 14, 2013 @ 07:09 PM

 Five runs in the top of the ninth inning broke a 3-3 tie and propelled the High Point University baseball team to an 8-3 win over Radford on Sunday afternoon. The win completes a sweep of the Highlanders for HPU.

“The players went out and made plays when they had to today,” HPU head coach Craig Cozart said. “Malcolm Clapsaddle settled in and got us deep into the game so we could utilize our bullpen. Jared Avidon got us three huge outs and Joe Goodman finished it. Offensively, we got that big inning again. Josh Spano’s home run really sealed the deal for us.”
The Panthers opened the ninth with three straight singles from sophomores Stephen Wytiaz, Cody Manzella and Dane McDermott, loading the bases with no outs. Redford called in closer Michael Costello to get out of the jam, but senior Willie Medina hit the first pitch he saw into left to score two runs.
Two batters later, Spano cleared the bases with his second home run of the season. Spano got a hold of an 0-1 pitch and easily cleared the left field wall for a three-run shot, making the score 8-3.
Senior Jared Avidon picked up the win for High Point with a scoreless eighth inning out of the bullpen. Avidon allowed just two hits in one-plus inning of work to improve to 4-3 on the season.
High Point moves to 18-19 overall and 6-6 in the Big South with the win over the Highlanders. Radford falls to 10-14 overall and 7-5 in conference play.
High Point will return to Williard Stadium this week for midweek contests against Appalachian State and North Carolina Central. The Panthers will play Appalachian State on Tuesday and N.C. Central on Wednesday.

HPU WOMEN STAND NINTH IN BIG SOUTH GOLF
NINETY-SIX, S.C. — The High Point University women’s golf team sits in ninth place after it shot 321 in the first round at the Big South Championship on Sunday from the Patriot Golf Club. HPU was led by freshman Tan Cheeranont who turned in a 76 and is tied for 10th overall.
“Unfortunately we did not play to our expectations today,” said head coach Vici Pate Flesher. “We were only 11-over on the front nine and I really felt the momentum was going to swing us to an even better back side but it didn’t work out that way. Tomorrow we need to be more aggressive and stick to our original gameplan.”
Freshman Casey Ward trails Cheeranont for the team lead by four strokes after she shot an 80, good for a tie for 29th. Senior Audra McShane carded an 81 on Sunday to put her in a tie for 32nd while senior Jessica Neese holds sole possession of 39th after shooting 84. Sophomore Grier Bennett rounded out the Panther five with an 86 and is tied for 43rd.
The individual lead after day one belongs to Coastal Carolina’s Lena Schaeffner, who shot a one-under 71, the only sub-par round in the field. Jessica Alexander of CCU and Campbell’s Tahnia Ravnjak both went even. Radford’s Alexandra Austin, CU’s Lisbeth Brooks and Brittany Henderson of Coastal are all tied for fourth AT 73.
Coastal Carolina scored 292 and maintains a five-stroke lead over Campbell, which shot 297. Gardner-Webb occupies third with a 306 and newly eligible Presbyterian College (313) holds fourth. Longwood, Winthrop, Charleston Southern and Radford all shot 315 and are in a four-way tie for the fifth overall spot.
High Point tees off at 8 a.m. today.