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March 14, 2013

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UPJ closes trip on winning note

FORT PIERCE, Fla. – Zach Vignero went  5 for 5 and Pitt-Johnstown pitchers didn't allow a hit until the seventh in a 6-1 victory over Mercy on Thursday to close out the Mountain Cats’ trip to Florida.

Mercy was held hitless until the seventh inning and strung three hits together in the ninth to break the shutout.

Vignero had two RBI while Jeff Campbell added three hits. Jake Warner was 2 for 4 with a pair of RBI, and Ryan Matsko and Drew Ebersole chipped in two hits and two RBI apiece. 

Brett Marabito also had a pair of hits.

Rylan Schnably pitched three hitless innings and fanned three in relief of John Fees to improve to 2-0. Fees threw the first three innings and didn't allow a hit. Fees also struck out four.


UPJ’s Novak named to squad

Pitt-Johnstown senior guard Nick Novak – the Mountain Cats’ all-time leader in assists and second-leading scorer – was named to the second team of the Daktronics’ All-Atlantic Region Division II squad on Thursday.

 Novak, who was tabbed first-team all-WVIAC for the second straight year, led the Mountain Cats in scoring with 21.9 points a game, assists with 161, steals with 63, field goals (232 of 430), and free throws (135 of 161).

Novak holds the Mountain Cat record for assists (545), field goals made (759), and career free-throw percentage (86.1 percent) and is second on the all-time scoring list with 2,023 points.

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