IUP splits in out-of-conference series at Penn State DuBois

By Sarah Moltz, Staff Writer, S.J.Moltz@iup.edu, 4/14/17

IUP baseball hit the road Tuesday for a non-conference doubleheader against Penn State DuBois.

The Crimson Hawks fell, 4-3, in Game 1 before winning Game 2, 9-6, at Showers Field.

Junior third baseman Dan Sepic (hospitality management) and senior Scott Hess (safety science) shined for the Crimson Hawks, hitting two home runs each.

With only three at-bats, Hess had two hits, one run and one RBI, while Sepic had four at-bats with one hit and one run.

Overall, IUP had a total of three runs on seven hits in Game 1 compared to Penn State DuBois, who had four runs on seven hits.

Scott Hess (senior, safety science) hit his first home run of the season Tuesday afternoon against Penn State Dubois.

Freshman pitcher Ben Hudock (software engineering) started on the mound for the Crimson Hawks in the first game.

Hudock struck out two and allowed one hit. However, Dillon Swanger (senior, criminology) took the loss for IUP, as he allowed two hits, two runs and committed one error.

In Game 2, it wasn’t until the fourth inning that the Crimson Hawks took a 5-3 lead.

IUP scored three more runs in the sixth inning, expanding the lead, 9-3, in the top of the seventh inning.

Penn State ended up scoring three more runs in seventh, falling, 9-6.

Sepic, Hess and junior Wes Carson (criminology) had themselves a home run each. Sepic impressed with three RBIs, two runs and three hits.

Hess followed with one run and one hit, while Carson had three hits.

IUP totaled nine runs and nine hits in Game 2, while Penn State had six runs on two hits.

Starting on the mound in Game 2 was right-handed pitcher Zach Heffner (junior, criminology), who allowed three runs. Taking the win for the Crimson Hawks was freshman Nick Kuhn (psychology), who allowed only two hits.

“Overall offensively, our bats continue to do what we’ve been doing for the past several weeks, which is going to play a key role in these upcoming games this weekend against Slippery Rock,” head coach Anthony Rebyanski said.

“With this weekend’s series against The Rock and the battle for second place in the conference, we look for our pitching staff to continue to do what they’ve been doing on the mound, both in the areas of starting and relieving.”

Splitting with Penn State DuBois puts IUP at 11-15 overall and 7-5 in the conference.

IUP travels to conference rival Slippery Rock for a four-game series starting Friday.

Games 3 and 4 of the series will take place at home for the Crimson Hawks Saturday.

Games are set for 1 and 3 p.m. for both Friday and Saturday.