The Crimson Hawks impressed over the weekend, sweeping Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West opponent Clarion University in a home-and-home four-game set.
The Crimson Hawks picked up two wins to begin the series on the road with a 7-1 win in Game 1 and a 5-2 win in Game 2 on Saturday afternoon.
The two teams returned to Indiana for Games 3 and 4. With nine extra-base hits, the Crimson Hawks won, 14-5, in Game 3, and 8-6 in Game 4.
Junior Nate Dickey (finance) excelled throughout, racking up four hits and scoring five runs in the two games against the Golden Eagles. Dickey was one of six players with multiple hits Sunday.
Teammates Wes Carson (junior, criminology), Scott Hess (senior, safety science) and Cory Wheeler (junior, exercise science) all tallied three hits in both games.
Wheeler and redshirt sophomore Matt Swartz (business management) both hit home runs and cashed in four runs.
Junior Dan Sepic (hospitality management) also went yard.
“The series between Clarion and us went really well,” Sepic said.
“I think the biggest part of the sweep was playing as a team. Our starting pitchers did very well in every game and kept us in each game, giving us a great chance of winning.”
Picking up wins for the Crimson Hawks were Mike Klingensmith (junior, exercise science) in Game 3 and Christian McClure (junior, criminology) in Game 4. Klingensmith struck out six in six innings and gave up four runs on eight hits.
McClure also shined, getting credited with the win in relief.
He struck out three and gave up one earned run in the final three-and-a-half innings in the second game to win.
“Our hitting and fielding came together, and when we do that, we feel confident that we can win every game we play,” Sepic said.
“We played as a complete team this weekend, and that’s what we are building up to this weekend when we play Slippery Rock.”
With the sweep against Clarion, IUP is now 10-14 overall and 7-5 in the conference.
The team is currently in third place of the PSAC West. IUP has now won seven of its last eight ball games after getting off to a 3-13 start to begin the season.
The Crimson Hawks travel to Dubois Tuesday to play a non-conference doubleheader against Penn State Dubois, who are currently 11-19 overall.