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Lions’ Shank wins Gettysburg title

Penn State Harrisburg freshman Tyler Shank shot a 4-over-par 76 to win the individual title at the Gettysburg Spring Invitational and led the Lions to a fifth-place finish among some solid collegiate golf teams on Saturday, March 22 at Bridges Golf Club, Abbottstown.


Shank is already leading by example on the Lions’ young squad which consists of only two upperclassmen.


The tournament was so close it took a tiebreaker to be named champion out of the 62 participants.  


Schools like Dickinson, Elizabethtown, York, and Gettysburg were some of the strong local competition attending the tournament.


Penn State Harrisburg also got solid performances from Mark Paradise (22nd place), Tyler Serres (26th place) and Matthew Hoare (27th place).


McDaniel shot a 310 for the team win, followed by Dickinson, York, Gettysburg and Penn State Harrisburg. Twelve teams competed.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 21:46

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A LANDMARK VICTORY: Lions beat Marymount, 4-1, for first conference win

Penn State Harrisburg used a gem from pitcher Will Chaney and three RBIs from Bryan Balshy to earn a 4-1 win over Marymount – its first victory in its new league, the Capital Athletic Conference – on Thursday, March 27 in Middletown.


On the mound, Chaney picked up his second win of the season in impressive fashion, throwing a complete nine inning game and allowing just one earned run and no walks in addition to striking out four Marymount batters.


Balshy went 1-3 at the plate for the Lions with a game-high three RBIs thanks to a momentum-shifting triple in the bottom of the fifth inning that cleared the bases and gave Penn State Harrisburg (4-15, 1-6 in the conference) a lead it wouldn’t surrender.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 21:45

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Lion rallies fall short against Eastern

Penn State Harrisburg put together final inning rallies against Eastern in two games of a doubleheader on Thursday, March 20 in Middletown. Both times, however, the late game pushes fell just short as the Lions dropped both outings to the Eagles; a 5-4 decision in the opener and an 8-5 defeat in the nightcap.

Eastern jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first game thanks to two unearned runs in the top of the first inning. After Penn State Harrisburg starting pitcher Gabrielle Wolfe sat down the Eagles 1-2-3 in the top of the second, the visitors added another run to their total in the top of the third. They added a fourth run, the third unearned run of the contest, in the top of the fourth stanza.

The Lions (5-7) picked up their first hit and their first run in the bottom of the fourth when sophomore Jackie Furch reached base thanks to interference by the Eastern catcher and freshman Leah Palm, a Lower Dauphin graduate, drove her in when she laced a double to left center field.

Wolfe again sat down the Eagles in order in both the top of the fifth and sixth innings before Eastern added a fifth and final run due to a Penn State Harrisburg error in the top of the seventh.

The Lions’ Mackenzie Trafka, a Middletown graduate, sparked the Blue & White in the bottom of the seventh when she led off the stanza with a double to right field. Keriann Saich moved her to third base with a sacrifice fly and Jasmine Yanich laid down a perfect bunt that resulted in a base hit and scored Trafka. Wolfe followed it up with a double to deep center field that plated Yanich from first base before sophomore Rieley Loch doubled to drive in Wolfe and pull the Lions to within one run.

The Lions’ attempted comeback ended with a groundout to the pitcher.

Yanich was 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored while Wolfe, Loch and Palm all drove in runs as well.

Wolfe threw a complete seven inning game and allowed seven hits and just one earned run in addition to striking out four batters.

The second game saw Eastern strike first once again when another unearned run gave the visitors a 1-0 advantage in the top of the third inning.

This time, however, the Lions answered right back in the bottom of the stanza. Yanich singled to third base before using her blazing speed to steal second. Wolfe singled to right field and moved Yanich along to third and a groundout by freshman Kayla Seyfert drove in the speedster and tied the score. Loch followed it up with a single up the middle that plated Wolfe to give the Blue & White its first lead of the day, 2-1.

Errors and unearned runs reared their ugly heads in the top of the sixth inning, however, when Eastern reclaimed the advantage thanks to two Penn State Harrisburg miscues. The Eagles scored six runs in the frame, five of which were unearned, and jumped back out to a 7-2 lead.

Eastern added an insurance run in the seventh, once again unearned, and took a 8-2 advantage into the bottom of the stanza.

Penn State Harrisburg refused to go quietly. Palm reached base thanks to an Eastern error and Trafka laced another double to left field. Yanich singled to shortstop and plated Palm on the play before swiping her second bag of the game moments later.

Wolfe singled up the middle to score Yanich and advanced to second base before being tagged out trying to take third base, cutting the Lions’ deficit to 8-5.

For the second straight time, however, the Blue & White’s last inning comeback proved just too little too late.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 19:36

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Captains deny Lions first conference win

The Penn State Harrisburg men’s baseball team took a 2-0 lead in their first game of a double-header against Christopher Newport, and it felt like the day was meant for a Lion win.
But the Captains rallied to win the first game, 4-3, then took the second game, 5-0 to sweep the doubleheader on Saturday, March 22 in Middletown.

The Blue & White (3-15, 0-6 in the Capital Athletic Conference) started things off right as Logan Hall used a bunt to lead things off with a single and advanced to second on a throwing error. Tom Denniston reached on a similar throwing error to first base which also scored Hall. Colton Houseal moved the runners and set up Eric Hoover, who got an RBI when he grounded out to second scoring Denniston and giving the Lions an early 2-0 lead.  

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 19:35

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Lions kicked by Mules, 10-7

It looked as though Muhlenberg was on the verge of blowing out Penn State Harrisburg during much of their baseball game on Sunday, March 16 in Palmyra.


Then, in the seventh inning, the Blue & White showed the type of heart expected from a reigning conference champion.tinythrow3 19 14Photo by John Diffenderfer - Penn State Harrisburg shortstop Jim Murphy, right, turns a double play at second base during a doubleheader against Southern Virginia.


While the Lions ultimately fell to the Mules, 10-7 at Palmyra’s In the Net Sports Complex, their display provided a jolt that was absent during the first quarter of Penn State Harrisburg’s 2014 campaign.


Trailing 7-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Lions (3-11) refused to be left for dead.


John Cataldo worked a walk to lead off the stanza and a bunt by Bryan Balshy was mishandled by Muhlenberg’s pitcher, allowing Cataldo to advance to second base. Jim Murphy’s groundout advanced both men and a sacrifice fly by freshman Tyler Smink scored Cataldo to cut the deficit to 7-2.


Freshman pitcher Nate Packer worked through the top of the seventh and struck out two Muhlenberg batters, putting the sticks back in the hands of his hitters.


Patience paid off for Penn State Harrisburg’s Travis Crammer and freshman Tom Denniston as both men worked back-to-back walks to begin the bottom of the inning. Jim Quinn made the Mules pay for the free bases when he laced his second home run of the season over the left field fence. His three-run shot drew the Lions to within two runs at 7-5.


Balshy saved his best at-bat of the season for his hometown faithful when he cranked his first home run of the year, a solo shot, over the left field wall to cut the deficit to 7-6. Just like that, the Blue & White were back in the thick of things.


In the top of the eighth, however, Muhlenberg took advantage of two Penn State Harrisburg walks, two hit batsmen, a wild pitch and an error and put up three more runs to push the team’s advantage to 10-6.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 22:36

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