This week in Behrend sports
David Skarupski, Sports Editor
Baseball-The Lions went 3-1 last week to improve to a record of 19-10 for the season. On Thursday, the Lions swept a doubleheader at home against Pitt-Bradford, winning the first game 10-2, before completing the sweep by a score of 9-8 in extra innings. In the first game, Sophomore infielder Ryan Weaver was a perfect 3-3 at the plate, while driving in two runs, and Senior infielder Scott Sada extended his hitting-streak to 21 games by hitting a pair of doubles. In the second game, Senior pitcher Phil Myers registered the 150th strikeout of his career, while fanning four batters in the game, and Freshman infielder Joshua Wagner drove home the winning running in the 12th inning. On Sunday, the Lions split a pair of home games against Penn State Altoona, winning the opening game 11-6 before falling in the second game 16-10. In the first game, Senior pitcher Brady Kress picked up his third win of the year, while Sophomore pitcher Ryan Weaver earning his 3rd save for the year. In the second game, Freshman infielder/pitcher Zack Bowen went 3-4 while scoring two runs and registering two RBIs. The final seven games of the Lions regular season will be decided over the next week-and-a-half. On Tuesday, the team hosts La Roche for a doubleheader, with the first game scheduled at 1 p.m. On Wednesday, the team travels to D’Youville for a doubleheader, with the first game scheduled at 1 p.m. On Saturday, the team travels to Mt. Aloysius for a doubleheader, with the first game scheduled at 1 p.m. The team’s final regular season game is on Sunday, May 5, as the Lions host Mount Union at 2 p.m.
Softball-The Lady Lions swept a doubleheader on the road against Pitt-Greensburg on Thursday to move to a record of 21-9 for the year. In the opening game, Senior pitcher AJ Nichols struck-out four batters while pitching a complete game; she also contributed a pair of hits. Senior outfielder Carson Hauser scored 3 runs in the win. In the second game, Junior third baseman Alayna Derzak went 2-5 at the plate, while scoring 2 runs and registering 2 RBIs. Freshman second baseman Ashley Schmidt went 2-2, scoring 1 run and driving home 2 more. The Lady Lions finish their regular season with a trio of doubleheaders. On Tuesday, the team hosts Fredonia with the first game scheduled to start at 3 p.m. On Wednesday, the team hits the road to face Hilbert with the first game scheduled to start at 3 p.m. On Saturday, the team returns home to face Franciscan with the first game scheduled to start at 1 p.m.
Men’s Track and Field- The Lions competed last Thursday in the SRU Open at Slippery Rock and over the weekend on their home turf for the Behrend Invitational. At the SRU Open, Freshman Antonio Stello qualified for the All-Atlantic Meet by means of a 2nd-place finish, at a time of 22.17 in the 200m dash. Sophomore Braeden Smith finished in 2nd-place in the high jump at 1.93m. In the 800m, Freshman Zachary Tingley and Senior Colton Barger finished 2nd and 3rd, with times of 1:58.51 and 2:00.22. At the Behrend Invitational, the Lions took 1st-place in 13 different events. Of those winning performances, five Behrend athletes took home multiple gold medals. Senior Colby Tarr won the 110m hurdles with a time of 17.25, the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:02.15, and the javelin with a toss of 44.55. Junior Chris Drozynski took home gold in the 500m and the 1500m, with times of 4:24.90 and 16:34.92. Sophomore Matt Michael won the hammer throw with a throw of 41.78m and the shot put with a throw of 14.49m. Stello won the 100m dash with a time of 11.34, and the 200m dash, with a time of 22.92. Smith took home gold in the high jump, with a jump of 1.90m, and the triple jump with jumps totaling 10.99m. Additionally, Tingley won the 800m run with a time of 1:58.14. The Lions will end their in the CSAC Championships in LaPlume, Pa. on May 4 and a competition at Allegheny on May 10 at 10 a.m.
Women’s Track and Field- The Lions competed last Thursday in the SRU Open at Slippery Rock and over the weekend on their home turf for the Behrend Invitational. At the SRU Open, Senior Jenna Shelton won gold in the 800m run, registering a time of 2:21.40. In the 3000m steeplechase, Senior Courtney Sargent took home gold, with a winning time of 11:42.19. Sophomore Savanna Carr took 2nd-place in the 500m run, with a time of 19:39.09. At the Behrend Invitational, the Lions matched the men’s team by taking home 13 gold medals over the course of the event. Two athletes took home gold in three events. Senior Haley Yenchik took home gold in 100m dash with a time of 13.14, the pole vault with a leap of 3.50m, and the long jump with a jump of 5.00m. Freshman Emily Mischen earned gold medals in the shot put with a throw of 11.11m, the discus with a throw of 26.55m, and the hammer throw with a throw of 28.62m. Additionally, Freshman Caroline Upham won the women’s high jump with a jump of 1.45m, Junior Riley Crissman won the 1500m with a time of 5:00.85, Junior Gabriella Loeffler won the 400m with a time of 1:00.67, Freshman Suraihyah Sule won the 200m with a time of 28.57, and Carr won the 800m with a time of 2:35.09. The Lions will end their in the CSAC Championships in LaPlume, Pa. on May 4 and a competition at Allegheny on May 10 at 10 a.m.
Men’s Golf-The Lions finished their season last Friday in the Mercyhurst Spring Invitational at Lake View Country Club. The event, originally scheduled to be held on Friday and Saturday, was shortened to one day due to inclement weather. The Lions were split into two squads that finished in 5th-place and 6th-place in the six-team event, with overall scores of 340 and 344. On an individual level, Sophomore Daniel Thomas led the B-Team, and all Behrend golfers, with a score of 76, which put him in a tie for 6th-place out of 35 golfers participating. For the Lions first-team, Junior JT Kuchnicki led the way with a score of 78, which put him in a tie for 19th-place for the event.
Women’s Golf-Sophomore Marissa Lynch represented Behrend as the women’s golf season finished last Friday in the Gannon Invitational at Lakeshore Country Club. The event was originally scheduled to be held over Friday and Saturday, until inclement weather shortened the tournament to a one-day affair. Starting times are 12 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday. Lynch recorded a score of 97 for the tournament, which was good enough for a 32nd-place finish.