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April 8, 2014

Local sports in brief 4/9/2014

JOHNSTOWN — BASEBALL

Shippensburg blanks UPJ

Eleventh-ranked Shippensburg opened-up a 2-0 third-inning lead and had three pitchers combine to hold the Mountain Cats to just a pair of hits in a 4-0 victory over Pitt-Johnstown on Tuesday afternoon at Point Stadium.

The Mountain Cats slipped to 11-19.

The Raiders got an RBI double from Mike Douglas and an RBI single from Pat Kregeloh for the 2-0 lead. Shippensburg added a run in the fifth before Kregeloh’s solo homer over the left-field screen in the seventh made it 4-0.

Starter Shawn Patterson tossed five scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, a Nate Negri single through the left side to lead off the bottom of the fifth. Kyle McClintock pitched two hitless innings, and Thomas Swartz gave up just one hit, a Jake Warner ninth-inning single, during the final two innings.

Brantley Rice pitched the first two innings for Pitt-Johnstown and surrendered just two singles.

Elliott Chamberlain took the loss and fell to 0-1 after giving up the three third-inning runs.

Pitt-Johnstown will host a PSAC Western Division doubleheader against Indiana on Friday at noon at Point Stadium, before traveling to Indiana to complete the four-game series on Saturday.

Mounties win over Mustangs

STEVENSON, Md. – Ben Legath was 4-for-4 and Connor Bowie went 2-for-3 as Mount Aloysius downed Stevenson University 9-2 on Tuesday.

Legath drove in three runs and Bowie drove in two.

NHL

Pens’ Vokoun

to play in AHL

PITTSBURGH – More than six months after undergoing a procedure to dissolve a blood clot in his pelvis, Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun will return to professional hockey this weekend when he plays for the team’s American Hockey League affiliate.

The Penguins said on Tuesday that Vokoun, 37, will be re-assigned to the AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for a conditioning stint.

The AHL Penguins play Friday, Saturday and Sunday but Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said Vokoun was not scheduled to play in all three – the maximum length for a conditioning assignment.

After being put on blood thinners last fall, Vokoun was cleared to practice in February and has done so regularly, but is experiencing soreness.

The initial timeframe for a return was 3-6 months.

A 14-year NHL veteran, Vokoun replaced Marc-Andre Fleury in the first round of last year’s playoffs and backstopped the Penguins to the conference final.

Rookie Jeff Zatkoff has performed well as Fleury’s backup this season, and Bylsma has said he is comfortable with Zatkoff as Fleury’s backup heading into the playoffs.

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