CUP Weekend Sports Roundup: Two Top-Five Finishers; Record-Setting Relay Help Clarion to 12th at Track Championships

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BLOOMSBURG, Pa. (EYT) – Two top-five finish and a school record highlighted Clarion University’s Saturday at the PSAC Women’s Track and Field Championships.

(Photo: Courtney Corban. Photo courtesy of Clarion University Athletics)

Courtney Corban, a senior, earned All-PSAC honors with a third-place finish in the 400-meter dash in a time of 57.91 to earn six of Clarion’s 19 points, good for 12th. It was the second-fastest time in school history heading into the year.

Fellow senior Tatiana Cloud was fifth in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 1:03.48 to earn four points.

Meanwhile, the 4×100-meter relay team set the school mark in a time of 48.25 while taking seventh to earn two points. The team was made up of Courtney Young, Corban, Jessica Shomo and Amanda Batey bested the former school mark of 48.58 on a team that included Shomo and Corban as well as Anna Pfingstler and Jessica Vitous set in 2014.

The 4×800-meter relay team of Danni Tarr, Letizia Collini, Rikki Brumbaugh, and Breanna Leidy was fifth place in a time of 9:33.65 and the 4×400-meter relay of Corban, Tarr, Collini and Cloud was sixth in a time of 3:58.15, the second-best time in school history heading into the season.

In the field events, Kari Steuer took eighth in the discus with a distance of 34.38 meters, while Abby Gluvna took 10th in the javelin with a mark of 33.67 meters.

BASEBALL SPLITS IN SEASON FINALE DOUBLEHEADER

ERIE, Pa. – The Clarion University baseball team split a pair of decisions against the Gannon Golden Knights Sunday dropping game one 6-0 and winning game two 7-6.

Clarion finished the season 13-31 overall and 5-21 in PSAC West play.

Gannon Hurler Santiago Mendez was the story in game one, tossing a complete-game one-hitter, striking out nine and scattering five walks on the afternoon to stifle the CU offense. Clarion hurler Kane Mccall through a complete game as well, going six full while giving up eleven hits and striking out four.

After opening a 3-0 gap after two innings, Gannon rode Mendez for the next three innings before busting things open with a three-run bottom of the sixth to secure the 6-0 win in game one.

Game two would prove to be a worthy finale to the 2017 season for Clarion, however.

After putting a pair of runners on the bases to open up the first inning, John Finke legged out an infield single to score Mitch Holberg from second. The very next at-bat, Brady Andrews kept things going with a single of his own, scoring Joey Lopez to make it 2-0 Clarion early.

Things would hold steady for a few innings before the GU offense finally broke out and answered with a big response. An RBI double scored a pair to knot things up at two before a SAC fly from Gannon second-basemen Mike Colosi put the Knights ahead 3-2.

Again Clarion would draw even, and yet again Gannon would muster a response. CU tied things up at three when Andrews crushed a solo homer to left-center, however, the jubilation was short-lived. Gannon strung together five hits in the bottom of the sixth for another three-run inning to go up 6-3, and push the blue and gold to within three outs of defeat.

Clarion needed another big outing at the plate, and again it was Andrews delivering, crushing a single to center-field that scored to maker it 6-5 before Wes Lang scored on a fielder’s choice to end the inning, but not before the damage had been done and the sent into extra innings.

A Joey Lopez single in the top of the eighth completed the comeback and capped off the 2017 season dramatic 7-6 win.


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