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COLLEGE SOFTBALL: Alvernia sweeps Lions in double-header

Penn State Harrisburg struggled to get back to its winning ways, suffering a double-header sweep at the hands of Alvernia on Wednesday, April 15 in Reading.

The Crusaders won the first game, 5-2 and the second, 12-4.

The Blue & White came out strong in the first game. Jackie Furch  singled to right field, bringing home Gabrielle Wolfe to give the Lions a quick 1-0 lead.

Alvernia (14-13) answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the second inning to keep things close.

Furch again was clutch in the top of the third inning, knocking a double to left that scored Rieley Loch to give the Lions a 2-1 lead.

But the Crusaders responded by tying the game in the bottom of the third inning then added three runs in the the sixth to win.

Determined to get revenge in the second game, the Blue & White got right to work in the top of the first inning, scoring four runs. Amanda Hartman, Kristen Evans, Jenna Rupakus and Mackenzie Trafka, a Middletown graduate, had RBIs to give the Lions an early lead.

But Alvernia answered with eight runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead, then added a run in the fourth and three in the fifth to win.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 16:47

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COLLEGE BASEBALL: Lions beat Dickinson for fifth straight win

Penn State Harrisburg kept its winning momentum going, beating mid-state rival Dickinson, 14-6 on Sunday, April 19 in Middletown to extend its winning streak to five games.

After Dickinson scored a run in the first inning, the Blue & White answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame to take a 2-1 lead.

The Red Devils scored single runs in the second and third innings, then added two in the fourth and one in the fifth to take a 6-3 lead heading into the sixth.

But the Lions (10-20) scored two runs in the sixth inning to pull within 6-5, then buried Dickinson with a seven-run seventh to take a 12-6 lead. A two-run single by Brian Goodling led the blitz.

Relief pitcher Derek Slagle picked up the win for Penn State Harrisburg, throwing four scoreless innings and striking out seven batters.

Kyle Buchman went 3-for-3 for the Lions, driving in three runs.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 16:46

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BASEBALL: Ocker's no-hitter lifts Raiders over Palmyra, 2-0

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The Middletown baseball team played just one game last week but made the most of it in a 2-0 road victory over Palmyra, a rival in the Mid-Penn Conference's Keystone Division, on Friday, April 10.

Keyed by senior Nathan Ocker’s no-hitter and the production of a pair of timely runs, the Blue Raiders (2-3, 1-3 in the division) picked up their second win of the season after waiting on the weather to cooperate.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 16:58

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COLLEGE SOFTBALL: Lions drop crucial double-header to Mary Washington

Pursuing a playoff spot, Penn State Harrisburg lost a key double-header to Capital Athletic Conference rival Mary Washington, 8-0, 8-1 on Saturday, April 11 in Fredericksburg, Va.

Fighting for the final playoff spot in the conference, the Lions (12-12, 5-9 in the conference) came into the first game against the Eagles (19-11, 7-5) knowing it could very well prove to be a must-win game.

Both teams went scoreless for the first two innings of the first game before Mary Washington scored two runs in the bottom of the third to take a 2-0 lead.

The Lions didn’t have an answer on offense, failing to score in the first four innings. Defensively, the Blue & White could not stop Mary Washington’s high-powered offense from scoring two more runs in the fourth inning and three runs in the fifth to take a 7-0 lead after five.

After a single by Mackenzie Trafka, a Middletown Area High School graduate, Penn State Harrisburg  looked to rally in the sixth inning but again failed to score. In the bottom of the sixth, the Eagles scored again to take the win.

Hoping to turn their luck around in the second game, the Lions again came up short, while the Eagles' offense got hot, scoring six runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 7-0 lead.

The Lions just couldn’t get anything to go their way. With two outs in the top of the fifth inning, Amanda Hartman gave the Lions something to cheer about when she doubled to center field. Hartman scored on a single by Jenna Rupakus to cut the Eagles' lead to 8-1.

Hartman went 2-for-3 at the plate for the Lions.

Christopher Newport 6-6,
Lions 0-2

The Lions lost their second double-header in two days, falling to 15th-ranked Christopher Newport, 6-0 and 6-2 on Sunday, April 12 in Newport News, Va.

The Captains (24-7, 13-1) got off to a hot start, scoring four runs in the second inning. But the Lions responded by digging in, playing tough defense and not allowing any runs for the next three innings.

Eventually Christopher Newport put up two more runs in the top of the sixth innings. Penn State Harrisburg played hard but the slow start seemed to linger throughout the game as they collected only two hits for the entire game.

Penn State Harrisburg bounced back in the second game, coming out swinging. Gabrielle Wolfe started things off with a single to left field to give the Lions a much-needed momentum boost. Rieley Loch followed with a homerun to give Penn State Harrisburg a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

The Captains answered quickly by scoring four runs in the bottom of the first to take a 4-2 lead.

The Lions nearly took a two-run lead in the third inning when a potential towering grand slam by the Blue & White's Erelle Sowers was caught at the wall by the Captains' center fielder.

The Captains then added another two runs in the bottom third inning to take the 6-2 lead.

“Even though they lost both today, they turned a corner mentally,'' Penn State Harrisburg Coach Tonya Dengler said about her team. "We are seeing our old team back, which is what was missing the past five games.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 16:34

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COLLEGE BASEBALL: Lions beat playoff-bound Wesley, 4-3

Eliminated from the playoff race in the Capital Athletic Conference, Penn State Harrisburg beat playoff-bound Wesley, 4-3 on Sunday, April 12 in Middletown.

The Lions (6-20, 3-15 in the conference) were eliminated when they lost a double-header to Southern Virginia a day earlier, but would not let that stop them from playing their hardest.

Wesley (10-16, 8-10) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but the Lions answer back in the bottom of the second, scoring a run on an RBI single by Cody Henry to tie the game.

After two scoreless innings, the Blue & White stepped up, scoring three runs in the bottom of the fifth innings, taking advantage of two costly Wolverine errors and some aggressive base running.

Wesley answered in the sixth inning, scoring two runs to close the gap.

From there, the pitching performance from Penn State Harrisburg's Chaney brothers took over – 7.1 innings from starter Will Chaney and 1 2/3 innings of one-hit relief from brother Tom Chaney.

Southern Virginia 20-23,
Lions 4-12
Penn State Harrisburg dropped from the conference playoff race by losing two games to Southern Virginia on Saturday, April 11 in Middletown.

In the first game, the Lions jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first inning – and that was only one of two leads Penn State Harrisburg enjoyed throughout the double-header.

Southern Virginia (8-17, 6-12) scored four runs in the second inning to wipe out the Blue & White's short-lived lead. The Knights added 16 more runs to take the first game.

After the 20-4 loss, the Lions hoped to make up for the performance in the second game, and took their second lead of the day by scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. Tom Denniston's RBI single scored teammates Kevin Kremer and Troy Taber in the Lions' promising start.

But the Knights answered with eight runs in the bottom of the first inning, then cruised the rest of the way.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 16:20

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