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Lion pitcher Wolfe shines in split

 

Penn State Harrisburg pitcher Gabby Wolfe turned in one of the best performances of her collegiate career in the Lions’ doubleheader split with Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) opponent Southern Virginia on Saturday, April 12 in Middletown.

 

The Lions fell 2-0 in the opener before rebounding and besting the Knights 10-6 in game No. 2.

 

Although she failed to be credited with a win inside the circle, Wolfe’s 8.2 innings pitched and 12 strikeouts over the course of the two outings helped lead the Blue & White (7-17) to a much-needed victory.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 18:40

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Lions win first league game in 9-1 drubbing of Wesley

Penn State Harrisburg won its first softball game in its new league, beating Wesley 9-1 in the second game of a Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader on Saturday, April 5 in Dover, Del.tinyflyballpic4 9 14Photo by John Diffenderfer - Penn State Harrisburg outfielder Mackenzie Trafka, a Middletown Area High School graduate, tracks down a fly ball against 15th-ranked Christopher Newport.

 

The Lions lost the first game, 6-4.

 

In the Lions’ victory in game No. 2, Penn State Harrisburg pitcher Jackie Furch took the mound and set the tone early, holding Wesley to one run over the first three innings.

 

Furch got some offensive support in the third inning when Jasmine Yanich hit a bunt single, stole second base and scored on a single by Rieley Loch. A pair of wild pitches by the Wolverines and an RBI single by Gabby Wolfe gave the Lions a 3-1 lead.

 

The Blue & White turned to pitcher Kayla Seyfert in the fourth inning, and she navigated the team through two more innings of scoreless defense, giving up only three hits.

 

The Harrisburg offense struck again in the fifth inning. Freshman Leah Palm, a Lower Dauphin High School graduate, started the rally by popping a single over the head of Wesley’s shortstop. Keriann Saich followed that up with a double to center to put runners on second and third. Loch then blasted a single past second base to score Palm.

 

Wolfe followed that up with a double to left, which brought in Saich and Loch to extend the Lions’ lead to 5.

 

Harrisburg followed that with more runs in the top of the sixth inning. Mackenzie Trafka, a Middletown Area High School graduate, led off with a single and stole second base. After Yanich reached first on an error, Seyfert hit a single to score Trafka. Palm crushed a triple to left field to drive in two more runs.

 

With a 9-2 lead, the Lions turned to freshman pitcher Amanda Hartman to close out the win in the bottom of the sixth inning. Hartman surrendered only one hit and got a fly ball to center to close out the game.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 21:08

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Comebacks end Lions’ hopes for victories

Penn State Harrisburg jumped out to early leads against two of the top teams in the Capital Athletic Conference, but couldn’t hold on, losing three games to Frostburg St. and York in Middletown.

tinythrowpic4 9 14Photo by John Diffenderfer - Penn State Harrisburg’s Logan Hall (in white) avoids a Frostburg St. runner and turns a double play.

The Lions (4-20, 1-11 in the conference), blew 1-0 leads in both games of a doubleheader against Frostburg, falling 13-1 and 7-1 on Saturday, April 5.

 

In the 13-1 loss to Frostburg, Penn State Harrisburg’s Colton Houseal, a Lower Dauphin High School graduate, drove in the first run of the game with an RBI single that scored second baseman Logan Hall.

 

Frostburg (19-6, 9-4 in the conference) tied it with a run in the third inning on an error, then took the lead in the sixth on a two-run home run by left fielder Rob Jennings.

 

The Lions also grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 7-1 loss to Frostburg, watching as the Bobcats ralled for two runs in the seventh inning and five more in the eighth to win.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 21:19

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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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