HPU baseball explodes for 19 runs, sweeps LIU Brooklyn

Feb. 24, 2013 @ 07:49 PM

The High Point University baseball team put up 19 runs and 20 hits in game two of Sunday’s doubleheader propelling the Panthers to a seven-inning 19-1 win over LIU Brooklyn to sweep the weekend series. Senior captain Jared Avidon shut down the Blackbirds’ bats, allowing just one unearned run to improve to 2-0.
“I was really glad to see our guys come out with a mentality of accepting nothing less than a sweep,” HPU head coach Craig Cozart said. “When we answered their run from the top of the first inning I had a good feeling about what we were doing. It was great for us to get things going offensively. Hopefully we can maintain this offensive momentum for awhile. Any time you get three wins you got to be happy and I was really proud of the energy and intensity our guys showed all weekend.”
HPU exploded for nine runs through the first two innings, scoring three in the first and six in the second.
Senior Jared Avidon was lights out on the mound for High Point, pitching five innings and yielding just one earned run on two hits while striking out batters. Avidon improved to 2-0.
High Point was led at the dish by Adam Barry, who was 3-for-4 with a triple and a game-high five RBIs. The Simi Valley, Calif. native also had one hit in the first game to finish 4-for-8 on the day with six RBI and five runs scored. Josh Spano added two hits in the back end of the doubleheader to go along with three in the first game and finished 5-for-7 with two RBIs while scoring four times. Ryan Retz added two hits in four at-bats and tallying two RBIs.
High Point improves to 5-2 on the season with the sweep. HPU outscored the Blackbirds 39-9 in the three-game series and is 3-1 at Williard Stadium.
The Panthers will be back in action on Tuesday at 4 p.m. against visiting Appalachian State.
In Sunday’s opener, HPU scored in every inning but one, on the way to a 14-3 win. The Panthers got a a stellar 6-2/3 inning performance from redshirt-junior Sean Townsley.
Sophomore catcher Spano went 3-for-3 with one run and two walks and senior designated hitter Scott Glover had three RBIs on 2-for-3 hitting.

HPU WOMEN’S LACROSSE TOPS AMERICAN, 13-11
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Junior attacker Mackenzie Carroll tied the program record with six goals to lead the High Point University women’s lacrosse team to a 13-11 win over American University on Sunday. Senior attacker Grace Gaeng notched a hat trick.
“We started off really strong, executing in the areas we focused on after losing on Friday,” said HPU head coach Lyndsey Boswell. “We came out with the right energy and intensity. American was able to figure some things out and make a come back. We learned our lesson in the first half and found a way to come up with the win.”
Carroll also had a pair of ground balls and went 2-for-2 on free-position shots. Gaeng had a team-high four draw controls. Junior midfielder Jasmine Jordan had five ground balls, five caused turnovers and a draw control in the win.
HPU goalie Anna Wallingford made six saves and had three ground balls to earn her second victory. High Point improved to 2-2. American dropped to 0-3.
The Panthers’ road stretch continues this weekend as the Panthers travel to Eugene, Oregon, to take on the Ducks on Saturday at 8 p.m. (Eastern). HPU goes to Denver to play the Pioneers on Monday at 3 p.m. (Eastern).