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COLLEGE SOFTBALL: Lions win six straight at spring break trip

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.

Lions 11,
SUNY-IT 1

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.

Lions 11,
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

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SHOOTING STAR: Former Steel-High standout named MEAC Player of the Year

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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.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 15:56

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COLLEGE BASEBALL: Lions sweep double-header from Penn College, 4-0, 9-6

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.
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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

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COLLEGE SOFTBALL: Lions beat Ursinus on Rupakas' 3 RBI

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Shortstop Jenna Rupakus drove in three runs and teammates Mackenzie Trafka and Emily Parmer drove in two apiece to lead Penn State Harrisburg to a 11-9 win over Ursinus in college softball on Sunday, March 8 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Ellen Goldstein and Zoe Heinke each drove in three runs for Ursinus (1-1).

Rupakus went 3-for-4 at the plate and also scored a run.

The Lions (2-2) took a 4-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run single by Trafka, the left fielder, a sacrifice fly by Parmer, the catcher, and a bases-loaded walk to Erika Love.

But Ursinus answered with a five-run second inning, led by a two-run double by Heinke.

Penn State Harrisburg stormed back with two runs in the fifth. Rupakus doubled in one run, and scored on a Kayla Seyfert single.

Rupakus hit a two-run single to right in the bottom of the sixth inning that gave the Lions an 11-7 lead.

In a second game of the day, Penn State Harrisburg beat Penn College, 9-5.

The Lions opened their season with a pair of losses on Friday, March 7 in Myrtle Beach – a 9-1 loss to Messiah and an 110- loss to Rowan.
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Coaches in the Capital Athletic Conference picked Penn State Harrisburg to finish seventh out of the eight teams competing for five conference playoff spots.

The Lions, in only their second year in the conference, received 16 points, 11 points behind fifth-place Mary Washington and nine points head of last place Southern Virginia.

Salisbury received 49 points in the voting.

Penn State Harrisburg is led by senior captain Gabrielle Wolfe, who was named to the conference's first-team all-stars last season, and Rieley Loch, last year's batting average champion in the league.

The results of the preseason poll:
1. Salisbury (49 points), 2. Christopher Newport (43), 3. Frostburg St. (34), 4. York (30), 5. Mary Washington (27), 6. Wesley (18), 7. Penn State Harrisburg (16), 8. Southern Virginia (7).

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 15:56

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Lions fall to Knights, top Frostburg

For much of the season, it’s seemed like Penn State Harrisburg has been one bounce of the ball, one fortunate break, one key run away from picking up crucial victories.

 

Instead, the Lions have ended up on the wrong end of those situations more times than they would have liked this year. The Lions’ matchup against Southern Virginia on Saturday, Feb. 8 was no different.tinydribble2 12 14Photo by John Diffenderfer - Penn State Harrisburg’s Logan Stovall (32) drives against a Southern Virginia defender in the Lions’ 74-67 loss to the Knights.

 

After falling behind by as many as 18 points, the Blue & White made it a one possession game late in regulation. Unfortunately, the Lions failed to get a decisive defensive stop when it mattered most and ultimately fell to the Knights, 74-67 in Middletown.

 

Will Doyle continued his recent string of stellar outings for Penn State Harrisburg (7-14), dropping a game-high 16 points on Southern Virginia (5-13). He also dished out a game-high five assists. Sophomore Jared Deibler, a Middletown Area High School graduate, added 12 points and a team-high six rebounds off the bench. Teammate Rayshaun Anderson-Brown was also strong, posting 11 points and five boards.

 

The Lions were strong out of the gate, jumping out to a 12-5 lead when Joey Farthing converted a layup at the 14:42 mark.

The Knights regrouped and kept things close during the game’s opening 10 minutes. Southern Virginia’s Wesley Evans connected from beyond the 3-point arc with 7:06 remaining in the first half to tie the score, 20-20.

 

From there, Southern Virginia ended the half on a 12-4 run and took a 32-24 advantage into the break.

 

After both teams struggled to get going offensively to begin the second half, Penn State Harrisburg scored 6 unanswered points to cut the deficit to 32-30 on a layup by Winton Lyle with 15:22 left to play.

 

But just as quickly as the Blue & White climbed back into the game, Southern Virginia increased its lead thanks to a 12-0 run over the next two minutes.

 

Trailing 52-34 with about 8:00 left to play, the Lions made one last push.

 

Penn State Harrisburg traded buckets with the Knights before getting stops on the defensive end that allowed the Lions to cut into Southern Virginia’s lead. The Lions put together an 18-8 run over a stretch of 4:30 to bring them within 4 points, 62-58 with 2:06 left in the game.

 

Unfortunately, that’s as close as the Lions would get.

 

Doyle and Anderson-Brown did their best to keep the Lions in it, but every time the Blue & White made a big shot, Southern Virginia had an answer.

 

The two teams shot nearly identically from the field (43.5 percent to 42.1 percent), but Southern Virginia held the edge in shooting from distance, knocking down nine 3-balls compared to just three by the Blue & White.

 

The Lions also struggled from the foul line, shooting just 58.8 percent.

 

Lions 75

Frostburg St. 65

 

Behind a career-high 22 points from freshman Logan Stovall, Penn State Harrisburg upended Capital Athletic Conference foe Frostburg State on Thursday, Feb. 6 in Frostburg, Md., ending the Lions’ six-game losing streak.

 

Three other Penn State Harrisburg players reached the double-digit scoring mark: Doyle netted 14, dished out a game-high five assists and pulled in a team-best five rebounds; Kenny Stone dropped 15 on the Bobcats; and freshman Marquese Daniels added 13 points.

 

The Lions fell behind 9-2 in the early going before putting together a 7-2 run that got them back into contention.

 

After Frostburg (2-19, 1-12 in the conference) jumped back out in front 20-13, the Blue & White again fought back, cutting the deficit to 20-17 thanks to Doyle’s trey at the 7:09 mark.

 

A Stone jump shot pulled Penn State Harrisburg (4-8 in the conference) to within 1 point, and the Lions grabbed their first lead of the game, 23-22, when Stovall converted a layup with 4:26 left in the first half.   

 

Both squads traded the advantage over the next several minutes until Stovall knocked down a shot from beyond the arc to put Penn State Harrisburg out in front 35-32 heading into halftime.

 

Doyle connected for another triple just seconds after the break to increase the Lions’ lead to 38-32, but the Bobcats battled back over the next 4:00, with a pair of Torrell Goodman free throws drawing Frostburg to within 1 point, 43-42 with 15:17 left to play.

 

Over the next few minutes, however, the Blue & White steadily began to put distance between themselves and Frostburg State.

 

Deibler converted two free throws to put Penn State Harrisburg ahead 50-44 at the 12:24 mark and Doyle flushed another 3-ball to push the Lions’ advantage to 53-44 with 11:41 remaining.

 

Free throws by Stone and Lyle extended Penn State Harrisburg’s lead to 61-51 with 7:13 left to play, and Stone’s layup at the 6:03 mark kept the Blue & White advantage in the double-digits.

 

Frostburg cut the deficit to just 5 points when Nick Smoot connected from downtown with 2:19 remaining. That’s as close as the Bobcats would get the rest of the way.

 

Frostburg was forced to foul and Daniels and Stovall converted their free throws down the stretch to keep the Bobcats at bay.

 

The game’s most telling statistic came in the form of reserve play. Penn State Harrisburg got 52 points from its bench compared to just 10 by he Bobcats’ backups.

 

The Lions also shot a stout 58.1 percent from the field compared to just 38.8 percent for Frostburg.

 

The Blue & White shot 55.6 percent from beyond the arc. Frostburg managed just 26.7 percent shooting from distance.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 14:41

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