Written by Penn State Harrisburg
Penn State Harrisburg's double-header against St. Mary's on Sunday, March 29 in Middletown was a special one – not only was it the Lions' home opener, it was Senior Day.
The Lions have four seniors on the team – twin brothers Tom Chaney and Will Chaney, Cody Henry and Clint Hicks – and found themselves matched against a tough St. Mary's team on the special day.
Penn State Harrisburg (4-12, 1-7 in the Capital Athletic Conference) found itself in a hole early in the first game when St. Mary’s took a 2-0 lead. The Blue & White defense held its ground and kept the Seahawks (6-10, 3-4) from scoring more runs.
Penn State Harrisburg put runners in scoring position multiple times, but St. Mary’s had the answer each time the Lions looked to score – and the game's defensive standstill ended with the Seahawks winning, 2-0.
The Lions turned the tables on the Seahawks early in the second game, taking a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Penn State Harrisburg's offense came from the entire lineup as they added another run in the third inning followed by two more runs in the bottom of the fifth.
But the Lions' lead slowly slipped away as the Seahawks rallied. A two-run homer by Max Godwin in the seventh inning and a five-run eighth gave St. Mary's a 7-6 victory.
Since starting conference play with an impressive 14-11 victory over Marymount on March 19, Penn State Harrisburg has gone on a losing streak in conference games, including a loss to Wesley on Wednesday, March 25 in Dover, Del.
Wesley (6-10, 4-5) got right to work in the bottom of the first inning, taking a 3-0 lead and setting the tone early.
The Lions got on the scoreboard in the top of the third inning when Tom Denniston grounded out to second to score Mitchell Rodkey, who led off with a single to left-center field.
The Wolverines quickly responded in the bottom of the third inning with two more runs of their own.
Penn State Harrisburg could not get the bats going to get themselves back into the game.
Wesley added a run in the fourth inning, three in the seventh and one in the eighth to seal the win.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 16:22
Written by Penn State Harrisburg
Winning streaks came to a halt when Penn State Harrisburg split a double-header with Franklin & Marshall on Thursday, March 26 in MIddletown.
The Lions won the first game, 5-1, ending the Diplomats' seven-game winning streak. Franklin & Marshall returned the favor in the second game, winning a 5-3 rain-shortened contest that ended Penn State Harrisburg's winning streak at nine games.
In the first game, the Lions (9-5, 2-2 in the Capital Athletic Conference) jumped out early against Franklin & Marshall, knocking three runs across in the bottom of the first inning thanks to a big two- run homer by Rieley Loch.
The Blue & White never looked back.
The Lions leaned on a strong pitching performance by Amanda Hartman, who allowed just two hits and one run in five innings.
In the second game, the Diplomats (10-2) fought back. After again allowing Penn State Harrisburg to score first on an Emily Parmer RBI single, F&M regrouped, scoring five runs in the top of the second inning.
The Lions tried to get back into the game, scoring a run in both of the fifth and sixth innings to pull within two runs. But with one out in the top of the seventh inning, and momentum in Penn State Harrisburg’s favor on the field, the skies opened up and the rain ended the game early.
After a split with Franklin & Marshall, the Lions were tested at a different level when second-ranked Salisbury came to Middletown on Sunday, March 29.
In the first game, both teams pitched a scoreless first inning, but it didn’t take long for the Seagulls (18-1, 8-0) to get hot at the plate. After scoring seven runs in the second, Salisbury never looked back.
Penn State Harrisburg’s Jackie Furch held her own against the highly-ranked team, going 2-for-2 with a double.
In the second game, the Lions held off the Seagulls for the first two innings. But Salisbury flexed its muscles in the third, taking a 3-0 lead.
The Lions refused to go away, scoring a run in the bottom of the third to make it 3-1.
Through the next two innings, Penn State Harrisburg held Salisbury’s offense in check, allowing only a single run in the top of the fourth to fall behind 4-1.
The Blue & White kept it close longer than most conference members could do against the Seagulls, but Salisbury's might finally surfaced in the last two innings – the Seagulls scored a total of 10 runs to win.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 16:12
Written by Adam Clay
After an 0-2 start, Penn State Harrisburg returned home from the Ripkin Experience in Myrtle Beach, S.C., with a feeling of accomplishment.
The Lions won six straight at the spring break event, including victories over MacMurray and Mount Aloysius on Tuesday, March 10, and returned to Middletown with a 6-2 record. Not bad considering it was the first time the Lions played outdoors this season.
Penn State Harrisburg cruised through the first game of the day, beating MacMurray, 6-1, then beat Mount Aloysius, 5-4.
In the second game, the Lions saw Mount Aloysius grab the early lead. The Mounties scored two runs in the top of the first inning and followed that up by shutting out the Lions' offense for the first two innings.
But in the bottom of the third inning, the Blue & White found their swing. Keriann Saich hit an RBI double that scored Kayla Seyfert and tied the game, 2-2. Seyfert scored the go-ahead run on a triple by Gabrielle Wolfe, who was thrown out at the plate trying to stretch it into an inside-the-park home run.
Down 3-2, the Mounties scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 4-3 lead.
But the Lions were up for the challenge and tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning while adding an additional run in the sixth to hold on for the thrilling win.
Erelle Sowers and Jackie Furch had stellar games, each going 2-for-3 from the plate. Wolfe pitched a complete game for the win, striking out five Mountie batters.
Sophomore pitcher Amanda Hartman held SUNY-IT to four hits in five innings and struck out six batters – and helped her cause at the plate, going 4-for-4 with three RBI in the Lions' victory in the first of two games on Monday, March 9 in Myrtle Beach.
Seyfert also went 4-for-4 from the plate, scoring four runs for Penn State Harrisburg.
The Lions jumped to a 5-0 lead after two innings and never looked back.
Penn State Harrisburg collected 19 hits.
Iowa Wesleyan 3
Penn State Harrsburg buried Iowa Wesleyan with a nine-run first inning to cruise to victory on Monday, March 9 in Myrtle Beach.
Wolfe pitched the Lions to victory, allowing three runs on six hits and striking out five batters in five innings. She also drove in three runs to help her cause.
The Lions pounded out 14 hits against Iowa Wesleyan, taking an 11-3 lead after two innings.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 17:01
Written by Jim Lewis
Hampton basketball star Malia Tate-DeFreitas, the most prolific scorer in Steelton-Highspire basketball history, was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Year on Friday, March 6.
Tate-DeFreitas, a sophomore, led the MEAC in scoring this season, averaging 22 points a game. She tallied 21 20-point games for the Pirates, including three 30-point games. Tate-DeFreitas scored a college career-high 39 points against Howard on Feb. 28, topping the 37 points she scored against South Carolina State on Jan. 26.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 15:56
Written by Jim Lewis
Pitcher Will Chaney gave up two hits and struck out eight batters to lead Penn State Harrisburg to a 4-0 victory over Penn College on Monday, March 9 in the Lions' season debut at Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Shortstop Chris Iocca and freshman third baseman Josh Brubaker hit home runs in the fifth inning to give Penn State Harrisburg a 9-6 comeback victory over Penn College in the second game of the season-opening double-header.
In the first game, the Lions (2-0) capitalized on two Penn College errors to take a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Outfielder Cody Henry drove in a run on an infield popup for Penn State Harrisburg's only earned run of the inning.
The Lions added two more runs in the third inning, which began with walks to designated hitter Brendan Miller and catcher Brian Goodling. A single by Iocca loaded the bases with no outs, and a fielder's choice by second baseman Mitchell Rodkey drove home Miller for a 3-0 lead.
Goodling scored on a double steal as Rodkey was tagged out at second base.
Penn College (0-2) threatened in only two innings, placing runners on first and second in both the second and the sixth. A fly out to right field and a popup to the catcher ended the Wildcats' threat in the second, while a fly out to right ended their threat in the sixth.
In the second game, Iocca homered after a single by Bryan Balshy to pull the Lions into a 6-6 tie with the Wildcats in the fifth. One out later, Brubaker homered to score Rodkey, who had walked, to give Penn State Harrisburg an 8-6 lead. A passed ball scored the Lions' final run.
Penn State Harrisburg was picked ti finish ninth out of the 10 teams in the Capital Athletic Conference in a preseason poll of the league's baseball coaches.
The top six teams qualify for the conference playoffs.
The Lions finished with an 8-29 record last year, their first season in the conference – a disappointment after reaching the NCAA Division III championship tournament in 2013.
Penn State Harrisburg is led by junior Bryan Balshy, a first baseman who led the team in RBIs last season with 24. On the mound, the Lions should be led by Chaney, a senior who recorded the most wins on the pitching staff, and junior Derek Slagle, who led the squad in earned-run average.
The results of the preseason poll:
1. Salisbury (77 points), 2. Christopher Newport (76), 3. York (63), 4. Frostburg St. (60), 5. Mary Washington (43), 6. Wesley (41), 7. St. Mary's (38), 8. Marymount (23), 9, Penn State Harrisburg (16), 10. Southern Virginia (13).
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 15:53