Robert Morris captures series sweep over IUPUI on Easter Sunday


Alaina Koutsogiani slides in to score the only run of the game on Sunday. Photo credit: Cameron Macariola

Samuel Goldberg

MOON TOWNSHIP– Robert Morris (21-13, 10-3 Horizon) finally got to play the third game of this three-game series against IUPUI (9-28, 7-9), taking on the Jaguars in an Easter Sunday matinee.

The Colonials got the offense going early as Alaina Koutsogiani reached base, stole second and ended up coming around to score on a Charlotte Grover sacrifice fly, the only run that was scored during the game.

Jane Garver got the ball for the Colonials and she was rolling through the course of the game. She cruised through five innings with a one-run lead.

She had only given up three hits to the Jaguars in the game, but she got a little out of control and a hit and two walks later the bases were loaded for IUPUI.

Head coach Jexx Varner decided to make the move and go to the always reliable Dana Vatakis to try and get out of the jam. With no outs and the bases loaded, Vatakis delivered a pitch that was rifled to the first baseman Avery Winchell and she speared the ball and stepped on first to get the double play.

Vatakis struck out the next batter to go onto the bottom of the sixth, effectively getting out of the jam unscathed.

In the sixth inning, Erika Bell delivered the first hit of the day for the Colonials, lining a single to right field, as they had held the lead all game without a hit.

Varner did not pay attention to the hit totals until that inning, as the game cruised right on along.

“I asked one of my coaches if we had a hit yet and I was surprised when we didn’t,” he said. “We got the job done when we needed to.”

Dana Vatakis would come back for the seventh inning and she would shut the door on IUPUI for the second straight day, sealing a 1-0 pitcher’s duel victory.

Madison Bryant was the tough-luck loser for the Jaguars, pitching all six innings and fanning eight batters while allowing just two hits and scattering baserunners throughout the game.

Robert Morris improves to 22-13 on the year and 11-3 in Horizon league play. They will play Green Bay on Wednesday, a doubleheader starting at noon.