Club Sports Roundup


The Carnegie Mellon baseball team played a doubleheader this Saturday against Penn State and fell short to the Nittany Lions 11–0 in the first game and 6–0 in the second game.

First-year pitcher Jon Coens immediately got into a jam in the first inning of game one. A walk, a single, and another walk loaded the bases with no one out. Coens battled back, however, striking out the next batter and inducing a ground ball to the shortstop. The Tartans could not turn over the double play, and a run was scored. Before the inning was over, three more runs would cross the plate, putting the Tartans in an early 4–0 hole. Coens allowed one run over the next three innings, keeping the team in the game. But the Tartan bats never got going, and two errors in the fifth allowed six more runs to cross home plate, giving Penn State a mercy-rule-shortened 11–0 victory.

Senior Pete Sukits was the starting pitcher in game wo. In the second inning, Penn State scored two runs on four straight hits. Sukits allowed two more runs in the third inning before leaving the game with numbness in his pitching hand. Sophomore Sandy Williams came in to relieve and allowed only two unearned runs in the next four innings. Penn State pitcher Ryan Frankeny allowed only two hits and led the Lions to a 6–0 victory over the Tartans.

The baseball team lost several players from the fall team but was able to recruit heavily during the off-season and replaced lost pitching. With only one graduating senior, the team looks to be strong for years to come.

Men’s Lacrosse

The men’s lacrosse team was busy this week with games on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. This week’s play put the Tartans at 3–2 for the season and 2–2 in league play.

The Tartans opened with a win on Wednesday night with a 10–9 victory over 17th-ranked Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). The Tartans started strong and had a 6–2 advantage by the end of the first quarter. Sophomore Matt Adams and senior Alex Knecht scored all six of the team’s goals in the period. However, IUP would tie the game at the half. The Tartans responded by netting three straight goals and regaining a 9–6 lead, but an IUP surge tied the game. The Tartans’ offense was unable to put any shots past IUP’s goalie, Ben Levine, who would turn away 20 shots on the game.

With less than two minutes to play, the Tartans took control as Knecht found the back of the net for the third time all night on a tough second-chance shot. After controlling the ensuing face-off, the team held strong and ran down the clock to secure a one-point victory. Also scoring for the Tartans were juniors Tomo Gibson and Rick McMullen. Senior goalie Pete Lafave had 16 saves for the night.

The Tartans were not as lucky this weekend in their games against Dayton and Eastern Michigan. They fell to Dayton 15–9 on Saturday and to Eastern Michigan 11–8 on Sunday.

Women’s Softball

Women’s softball had to cancel its first two games of the season. The first, scheduled for last Thursday, against La Roche, was canceled due to weather. The second, scheduled for yesterday against Penn State Fayette, was canceled due to a lack of players. The softball team looks to finally get their season underway with a doubleheader against the Community College of Allegheny County on Saturday.

Water Polo

Carnegie Mellon’s water polo team attended the Virginia Tech Invitational on February 17 and 18. Playing four games, Carnegie Mellon finished seventh out of eight teams, including Virginia Tech’s A and B squads, the University of Virginia, Clemson, the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Rockville.

Carnegie Mellon’s first game was against Rockville, a team anchored by years of experience and players from the Puerto Rican and Dutch national teams. The Tartans were defeated by Rockville, 14–3. Carnegie Mellon’s bad luck continued with a loss to the Virginia Tech A team, 17–6, and to the University of North Carolina, 11–6. The next day, the Tartans finally pulled out a win against the Virginia Tech B team, 14–5.

Highlights from the tournament included junior Samantha Smith’s and senior Carl Neimeyer’s first career tournament goals and senior Dan Sunday’s performance as lead scorer for the Tartans.