SAVANNAH, Ga. (March 13) – Behind complete-game performances by veteran pitchers senior Nick Schreiber (Greencastle, Pa./Greencastle Antrim) and redshirt sophomore Randy Sturgill (Leechburg, Pa./Leechburg), the California University of Pennsylvania baseball team swept its opening Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West doubleheader with Slippery Rock on Saturday, winning 8-4 and 8-3. With the sweep, the Vulcans improved to 7-5 overall and 2-0 in league play. Meanwhile, The Rock fall to 6-8 overall this season and 0-2 in divisional action. Cal U claimed an 8-4 victory in Game 1 behind a six-run fourth inning and Sturgill registered eight strikeouts in his third complete game of the season. Sophomore center fielder Troy Handza (Glenshaw, Pa./Shaler) collected a pair of hits and scored two runs, while junior second baseman Aaron Ordy (Butler, Pa./Butler) posted a pair of RBI. Junior first baseman Adam Links (New Hope, Pa./Central Bucks East) also delivered a key three-run doubleRead More »
The Californina University of Pennsylvania Mens’ Hockey team entered the Division-III ACHA National Championships (Fort Myers, Florida) with a reputation of having one of the most prolific offensive attacks in the nation and through two games, the Vulcans have backed up that statement. The Vulcans (29-0, 2-0) who entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed out of the Atlantic region, opened up preliminary action Wednesday with an 11-4 victory over the Lansing Stars and continued their dominance Thursday morning with a 9-2 thrashing over the CSU-Northridge Matadors. Despite out shooting CSU-Northridge 19-3 in the first period, the Vulcans trailed 1-0 after one period but there was never any concern from the Vulcans. In the final forty minutes of the game, the Vulcans high flying attack went into high gear, scoring 9 unanswered goals, including 5 second period goals. Senior Dan Tonini (3g) led the way for the Vulcans scoring 3 goals,Read More »
Vulcans eye 2nd National Championship in 3 years On the heels of their 4th straight College Hockey East championship, the California University of Pennsylvania Mens’ Hockey team now has their sights set on claiming their 2nd national title in 3 years. The Division-3 ACHA National Tournament begins today in Fort Myers, Florida. After not qualifying for Nationals in 2009, the 2008 Division-3 ACHA National Champions enter the 2010 tournament as one of the heavy favorites at nationals. Earning a No. 1 seed out of the Atlantic Region, the Vulcans head into the tournament with an undefeated 27-0 record and one of the most prolific offenses in the nation. In the College Hockey East, there have been few teams that have been able to compete with Cal U over the past couple seasons. That trend continued this year as the Vulcans posted a 13-0 record in College Hockey East regular seasonRead More »
SAVANNAH, Ga. (March 9) – With the game tied at 9-9 in the top of the 14th inning, sophomore center fielder Troy Handza (Glenshaw, Pa./Shaler) delivered a two-out, game-winning RBI single on Tuesday afternoon to give the California University of Pennsylvania baseball team a 10-9 victory over host No. 30 Armstrong Atlantic (Ga.) as part of the Savannah Invitational. With the win, the Vulcans improve to 5-4 overall this season with a 4-1 mark during the current Spring Break trip. Meanwhile, the Pirates had their six-game win streak snapped to fall to 14-4 this year. Last season, Armstrong Atlantic collected a 9-1 win over Cal U. Handza, who was selected the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West Hitter of the Week earlier in the day, went 5-for-8 with two RBI and two runs at Armstrong Atlantic. Senior right fielder Sam DiMatteo (Center, Pa./Center) finished 4-for-7 with three doubles, four RBI,Read More »
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. (March 9) – California University of Pennsylvania senior guard Brooque Williams (Pittsburgh, Pa./Perry) and junior forward Kayla Smith (Elkins, W.Va./Elkins) received All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West First-Team honors for the third time in their careers on Tuesday, announced the league office. The PSAC West Co-Player of the Year last year, Williams leads the Vulcans and ranks second in the PSAC in scoring with 21.2 points per game this season. The 5-8 senior also leads the conference with 3.9 steals per game and is among the league leaders in rebounding (8.7 per game) and minutes (34.2 per game). Williams became the all-time leading scorer in school history with 2,162 points this season and is one of only two Vulcans to post 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career. An All-American last year, she is on pace to become the PSAC’s career leader in steals. Smith ranksRead More »
Former University of Pittsburgh safety/linebacker Elijah Fields will transfer to California University of Pennsylvania, Inside Pittsburgh Sports has learned. Fields will resume his college career playing for head coach John Luckhardt. Cal U has become one of the top D-II football programs in the nation under Luckhardt, with a number of Division-I football players transferring to the program in the past 3-4 years. Fields will be the second prominent former Pitt player to transfer to Cal U in the past three years. Fields who had plenty of off-the-field troubles with Pittsburgh, including a suspension through the entire 2007 season, was dismissed from the Pitt football team in February due to disciplinary reasons. He met with the Vulcans coaching staff on two occasions in the past two weeks.
MARS HILL, N.C. (March 1) – Redshirt sophomore Randy Sturgill (Leechburg, Pa./Leechburg) scattered five hits in a complete-game victory on Monday afternoon as the California University of Pennsylvania baseball team took a split of a doubleheader at Mars Hill, winning 5-1 before dropping the nightcap 19-6. Playing their first games in three weeks, the Vulcans improved to 1-3 this season while the Lions moved to 8-5 this year following the split. In Game 1, Sturgill threw the third complete game of his career and first since April 2008 after missing last season due to injury. Against Mars Hill, he scattered five hits (three extra-base hits) and allowed only one unearned run in 7.0 innings with no walks and four strikeouts. Junior second baseman Aaron Ordy (Butler, Pa./Butler) collected three of the six hits for the Vulcans in the win, as he went 3-for-4 with three RBI, one run and twoRead More »
NEW ORLEANS (Feb. 25) – Three members of the California University of Pennsylvania men’s cross country team received U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic status on Thursday, announced the organization. Graduate student Eric Reger (Manor, Pa./Hempfield), junior Tony Russo (Pittsburgh, Pa./Plum) and freshman Chris Werner (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch) were named to the USTFCCA Division II All-Academic Team Despite suffering an injury midway through the season, Reger posted four finishes in the top three overall in 2009. A three-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Scholar-Athlete, he won the individual crown and helped the Vulcans capture the team title at the Marietta Invitational in September. Russo finished among the team leaders at both the PSAC and NCAA Atlantic Regional Championships. The Pittsburgh native received the USTFCCCA All-Academic honor for a second-straight year. Werner was the top newcomer for the Vulcans in 2009, posting a team-best finish inRead More »