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 Tom Klemick
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.
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.
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
Written by For Publisher
By Tom Klemick
It’s now common knowledge that Penn State Harrisburg will be leaving the North Eastern Athletic Conference following the 2012-13 season to join the Capital Athletic Conference next fall.
The Lions got a taste of things to come when they
Last Updated on Friday, 07 December 2012 21:23