Softball Team Sweeps Doubleheader to Open Home Stand
(Posted March 15, 2004)
SOFTBALL (6-1, 0-0 Commonwealth): March 23 vs. Penn State-Altoona (2); March 20 vs. Elizabethtown* (2).
Juniata swept a doubleheader against Washington & Jefferson to open its home schedule. Juniata topped the Presidents 11-1 in the first contest, and 4-1 in the second game. Renae Hobbs (Mount Union/Mount Union) earned her fourth win of the season by pitching five innings and allowing four hits and one run in five innings in the 4-1 victory. Jessica Darrow (Wellsboro/Wellsboro) earned her first save of the season in the win. Lizzie Bartosik (Penn/Granger, In.) earned the complete-game victory in Juniata?s 11-1 win as she gave up one run on four hits. Julie Hatfield (Southern Cayuga/Scipio Center, N.Y.) paced the offense with three hits, three runs scored and an RBI in the 11-1 win. Becky Herr (Hamburg/Hamburg), Leanne Leymeister (Blue Mountain/Orwigsburg) and Allison D?Ambrosia all had two hits in the game. D?Ambrosia scored two runs and drove in two runs, while Leymeister notched three RBI and scored a pair of runs. In the second game Herr was 2-for-4 with one run and an RBI. Sarah Patterson (Danville/Danville) drove in two runs and scored another as she went 1-for-3. D?Ambrosia was 2-for-3 in the game, giving her four hits for the doubleheader.
BASEBALL (6-6, 3-1 Commonwealth): March 18 vs. Penn State-Altoona (2); March 20 at Messiah* (2).
* Commonwealth Conference game.
Juniata earned a big win over defending conference champion Messiah by a 7-4 score, and split a doubleheader with Johnson & Wales on the week. Juniata rallied to top Johnson & Wales 4-3 in game one, then dropped a 6-3 decision in the second game. Adam Camberg (Altoona/Altoona) was 2-for-3 in the Messiah win and scored a run. Will Russell (Tyrone/Tyrone) was 2-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs. Hurler Jayme Fye (Philipsburg/Philipsburg) earned his second win of the season by throwing eight innings and allowing just three earned runs while scattering 10 hits. Russell was the hero in the win over Johnson & Wales as he drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Troy Beaver (Bellwood-Antis/Bellwood) was 3-for-4 in the game, and finished with two RBI and one run scored. Both his RBI came in the seventh inning as he drove in a pair of runs to tie the game, then scored the winning run on Russell?s single. Marc Frailey (Middletown/Middletown) was 2-for-3 in the game with a run scored and one driven in. Eric Bridenbaugh (Central/Martinsburg) earned the victory in relief as he surrendered one unearned run in two innings. Andrew Michanowicz (Bishop Guilfoyle/Altoona) pitched five solid innings striking out seven batters and giving up two runs in five innings of work. In the second game, Ryan O?Donnell (Lebanon/Lebanon) pitched 4 and two-thirds innings of strong relief as he fanned seven of 17 batters he faced. Russell continued his hot play with two hits in four at-bats with a run scored.
MEN?S VOLLEYBALL (9-3, 4-2 EIVA Tait): March 17 at Saint Francis*; March 20 vs. Vassar.
*EIVA Tait match.
Juniata won its seventh-straight match as the Eagles topped NYU three games to one. Juniata dropped game one 27-30 to the Violets, but then responded by claiming the next three games 30-27, 30-24 and 30-22. Ryan Genova (Antietam/Reading) pounded out a season-high 25 kills with a .395 hitting percentage. Kenny Eiser (Central Bucks West/Doylestown) attacked at a .476 clip while finishing with 11 kills. Juniata hit .430 as a team as Ricky Ziegler (Northeastern/Manchester) passed out 64 assists. Glenn DeHaven (Walt Whitman/South Huntington, N.Y.) and Brian Dinning (Penn Hills/Pittsburgh) each had nine kills for Juniata with DeHaven adding 10 digs. Genova and Dinning each had a pair of aces, as did freshman Jeremy Barndt (Souderton/Souderton). Cordt Withum (Penn Manor/Holtwood) led the defensive effort with eight blocks, and Tim Cole (Pennsbury/Yardley) led all players with 13 digs.
Competing at her second NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, Kim Allen (Susquehanna Township/Harrisburg) placed 13th in both the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke events to earn honorable mention All-American status in both events. Allen also bested her previous school record in the 200 breaststroke as she touched the wall in a time of 2:24.99 which she posted in the preliminaries. The only Juniata swimmer to earn All-America status, Allen swam more than a second faster in both of her events from the times she posted at the NCAA Championships during her freshman season. Allen swam a time of 2:25.13 in the consolation finals of the 200 breaststroke to finish 13th in that event. In the 100 breaststroke Allen finished with a time of 1:07.61 to finish 13th in that event. Allen earned eight points for Juniata at the meet, which put Juniata in 48th place among 60 teams.
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