District Notebook: Shippensburg's baseball season a success

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Shippensburg had an excellent baseball season but it came to a crashing halt Monday when the Raiders lost to Grand Valley State in an elimination game of the NCAA Division II national finals in Cary, N.C.

The Raiders (32-23) were ranked as high as No. 12 at one point in the season and finished at No. 17. They won the Atlantic Region title and reached the national tournament for the fifth time.

East Stroudsburg was the PSAC champion, but Shippensburg and Millersville got into the NCAA tournament as at-large teams.

"We're very proud of what we accomplished this year, we're very proud that we were here," Shippensburg coach Matt Jones said. "We think we represented ourselves and the school very well and we were really happy that we gave our seniors an opportunity to compete at this level."

One of the Raiders top players is junior center fielder Michael Douglas, who transferred from Pitt. He hit .322 with 5 home runs and 38 RBI in 54 games.

Griffins honored

Seton Hill baseball team had five players earn ABCA/Rawlings All-Atlantic-Regional honors, including one player, sophomore third baseman Nick Sell (North Allegheny), who made the first team.

The other four players honored (second team) were junior Alex Haines (Hempfield), junior Pat McCarthy (Baldwin), junior Brendan Costantino (Geibel) and senior Mike Cima (Penn-Trafford).

Sell is a finalist for the Tino Martinez Award, which is named after the former major leaguer and goes to the most outstanding player in Division II baseball. Martinez played at Division II University of Tampa.

Women's track honors

The PSAC had an excellent showing at the NCAA women's track and field championships in Pueblo, Colo., with 11 performers earning All-American status.

Mansfield's Brenae Edwards won the 10,000-meter run in 35:2125 and became the school's first national championship in women's track.

She was one of four runners in the event from the PSAC who earned All-American status. Katrina Spratford (Shippensburg) finished fifth, and Mansfield's Jessica Scordino and Edinboro's Sarah Krolick tied for eighth.

Slippery Rock's Julia Cain clinched All-America status in the pole vault, clearing 12 feet, 91/2 inches to finish eighth, and Bloomsburg's Victoria Davis was fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

On the final day of the event, the PSAC had five performers achieve All-American status. Edwards earned it in her second event -- the 5,000 meters -- by finishing second with a time of 17:03.94, Scordino finished sixth, Davis was eighth and Edinboro's Sarah Krolick finished ninth.

Slippery Rock's Alexandra Arnold joined the group with a third-place finish in the javelin (153-2) and Caitlin Stuetz of Shippensburg was eighth in the 400 hurdles (1:00.86).

Geneva's Beck honored

Geneva College freshman first baseman Laura Beck (Canfield, Ohio) was named to the 2013 National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) All-American softball team. Beck, selected to the second team, is the first Geneva freshman to receive All-America honors and was just one of two freshmen named to this year's team.

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Paul Zeise: pzeise@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1720 and Twitter @paulzeise.


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