ERIE – Sophomore Mike Moyer turned in another stellar performance but didn’t figure in the decision that went to freshman Chad Zurat as the Clearfield Area High School grads teamed up for the second time in a Penn State Behrend (12-4) win last Wednesday.
Moyer retired the first 16 Hilbert batters and carried a two-hit shutout into the ninth inning, when he was lifted after issuing two walks, one intentional, around a groundout.
Zurat relieved and rang up a strikeout before an error on a grounder gave the visitors the first run of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference game at Behrend Fields.
He got the next batter on a comebacker and wound up with his second win when the Lions rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth.
Moyer struck out three and walked three in his third start.
The right-hander, who has logged 26.1 innings, leads the AMCC in earned run average (0.68), fewest runs (3), and earned runs (2) allowed and opposing batting average (.146). He’s also tied for fewest doubles (2) surrendered and is one of several pitchers who have not given up a triple or a home run. He’s second in fewest hits (13) allowed.
Zurat has given up one unearned run in his four appearances, but he doesn’t qualify for AMCC stats because he’s only pitched five innings. He has struck out seven and allowed only one hit. He has not walked a batter.
First baseman Kyle Kline of Clearfield had a run-scoring single and scored two runs in the Lions’ 15-2 second-game rout. He picked up a second RBI when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
He got his eighth start but had only one trip to the plate Sunday when the Lions split a twinbill with Mount Aloysius, winning 6-0 after losing 4-2.
Kline has four hits and a .222 average with four RBIs in nine games.
A 5-1 record has Penn State Behrend among the early leaders in the AMCC. Penn State Altoona is 4-0 and LaRoche is 2-0.
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SLIPPERY ROCK – Senior shortstop Adam Jury of Bigler (Clearfield Area H.S.) belted his second home run among his three hits in Slippery Rock’s four weekend games with Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Division rival Clarion.
His two-run homer in the third inning provided the final runs in The Rock’s 12-2 win Friday at Jack Critchfield Park after the Green and White had fallen 9-1 in the opener.
On Sunday at Clarion, Jury doubled in the 4-2 first-game loss and plated a run with a sacrifice in the 7-0 nightcap victory.
The Rock (16-10) leads the PSAC-West at 5-3, a half-game ahead of Mercyhurst (5-4).
Jury is tied for second on the team with 26 hits and fourth in hitting with a .271 average. He’s second in RBIs with 19.
His 64 assists lead The Rock, and he has participated in 16 double plays, the second highest total in the PSAC.
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BRADFORD – Sophomore center fielder Ben McGary of Curwensville raised his batting average to a season-high .234 with four hits, including his first career double, as Pitt-Bradford (12-9) split a pair of Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference doubleheaders last week.
Two of his hits came in a nine-inning 7-6 loss to Medaille (N.Y.) after the Panthers had won the opener 6-0 Wednesday. One was a run-scoring double.
On Sunday, Pitt-Bradford beat Pitt-Greensburg 9-4 before dropping a 7-2 decision for a 2-4 AMCC record.
In 17 starts in the outfield, McGary has 11 hits and nine runs batted in.
He also has pitched in five games, working nine innings with a 2.00 earned run average.
His three saves still are tops in the AMCC.
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MEN’S TRACK & FIELD
WASHINGTON – Senior John Bowman of Clearfield helped Penn State Behrend claim first place at the Washington & Jefferson Invitational by winning the javelin event at Cameron Stadium Saturday.
Bowman bested 34 rivals with a throw of 49.42 meters (162 feet, 2inches).
He also earned points by placing seventh in the hammer throw with a heave of 40.12 meters (131′-7″).
The Lions accumulated 103 points to outdistance 18 other teams.
Bowman wound up 24th in the discus with a throw of 32 meters (105′).
Senior Michael Johnson of Clearfield placed 13th in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:00.37 and ran the first split for the Lion ‘B’ 4×400 relay team that finished seventh in 3:34.45.
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WOMEN’S WATER POLO
GROVE CITY – Senior Allison White of Clearfield scored two goals and assisted on two others as Grove City defeated Notre Dame (Ohio) 12-5 in James E. Longenecker Pool Friday night.
The Wolverines fell to 8-11 with losses to NCAA Division II opponents Gannon 14-6 and Mercyhurst 9-4 Saturday.
Grove City still is tied atop the Collegiate Water Polo Association Division III Conference with Carthage at 5-0.