This week in Behrend sports
David Skarupski, Sports Editor
Men’s Volleyball-The Lions swept all three of their games this week, improving to a record of 16-11 for the year. The Lions play their last game of the season on the road against Thiel today at 7 p.m.
Baseball-The Lions went 2-2 last week, moving to a record of 13-7 on the year. On Tuesday, the Lions were trounced on the road against Allegheny, by a score of 18-2. Senior infielder Scott Sada extended his hitting-streak to eleven games with a solo home run. On Wednesday, the men won at Fredonia by a score of 7-5 to maintain the I-90 Cup. Senior pitcher Brady Kress picked up the save for his late-inning work in the game. The Lions split a doubleheader at Pitt-Greensburg on Saturday, winning the first game 12-3 before losing the second game 8-6. In the first game, Freshman first baseman Joshua Wagner recorded two doubles and drove in four runs. In the second game, Sada hit his fourth home run of the season. The Lions have five games slated for the upcoming week. On Wednesday, they play a doubleheader at home against Medaille, with start times of 1 and 4 p.m. On Saturday, they go to Alfred State for another doubleheader, with start times of 1 and 3:30 p.m. On Sunday, they host Thiel, with the game time set for 1 p.m.
Softball-The Lady Lions did nothing but win to start the month of April, winning six consecutive games last week to improve to a record of 17-7 for the year. On Tuesday, the girls swept both parts of a doubleheader against Medaille, winning 9-0 in five innings in the first game and 10-7 in the second game. In the first game, senior pitcher AJ Nichols registered three RBIs on a double in the 5th inning to force an early finish. Sophomore pitcher Brittney Williams registered her 4th win in the second game, improving her pitching record to 4-1 for the year. On Saturday, the Lady Lions swept a doubleheader at home against La Roche, winning the first game 6-0, before forcing another 5 inning finish in the second game as they won 16-5. In the first game, Senior infielder Katie Gozzard registered four RBIs. In the second game, Freshman Samantha Manioci went a perfect 3-3 at the plate, scoring twice and registering an RBI. On Sunday, the girls yet again swept a doubleheader, defeating Thiel 9-3 and 7-0. In the first game, Senior outfielder Carson Hauser landed her 150th career hit. In the second game, Freshman pitcher Ashley Seamon got her first win of the year while pitching a three-hit shutout. This week, the Lady Lions have a pair of doubleheaders. They go to D’Youville on Wednesday, with game times at 3 and 5 p.m. On Saturday, they host Mt. Aloysius, with start times of 1 and 3 p.m.
Men’s Track and Field- The Lions competed Friday and Saturday in the John Homon Invitational at Mount Union. Sophomore Jack Georgetson and Junior Kyle Grimm finished first and second in the Men’s Pole Vault at 4.41m and 4.26m. Sophomore Braeden Smith finished third in the Men’s High Jump at 1.86m. This Saturday, the Lions head to Westminster for competition starting at 10 a.m.
Women’s Track and Field- The Lady Lions competed Friday and Saturday in the John Homon Invitational at Mount Union. Senior Courtney Sargent took second in the 3000m Steeplechase with a Behrend-record time of 11:35.50. Senior Haley Yenchik finished third in the Women’s Pole Vault with a height of 3.47m, while also finishing third in the long jump at 4.94m. Junior Riley Crissman qualified for the All-Atlantic meet with a second place finish in the 10,000m run, with a time of 39:37.52 This Saturday, the Lady Lions head to Westminster for competition starting at 10 a.m.
Women’s Water Polo-The Lady Lions were inactive this week. Next weekend, they travel to New London, Ct., for the CWPA Division III Championships. Starting times have not been announced.
Men’s Tennis-The Lions finished their season last weekend with a loss and a win, to finish with a record of 6-12 on the year. On Friday, the Lions were swept 9-0 at home against Franciscan. While Behrend didn’t register a winner, Freshman Mitchell May and Senior Brent McFarland took both of their matches into extra sets. On Saturday, the Lions won a close match with Pitt-Greensburg, by a score of 5-4. Junior Michael Duckett won the decisive match to break a 4-4 tie. Sophomore Belden Tuttle and Freshman Yiwen Liu also registered individual wins, and the teams Freshman Jimmy Lobdell and McFarland, and Freshman Sebastian Alba and Senior Lonny Diaz registered doubles wins.