COLLEGE SPORTS ROUNDUP: PSU, Shepherd, Ship

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Pitcher Trystan Housman picked up his third win of the season for Penn State Mont Alto over the weekend in an 8-4 win over Penn State New Kensington. PENN STATE MONT ALTO/PROVIDED PHOTO

Penn State Mont Alto baseball downs Penn State New Kensington

NEW KENSINGTON — Penn State Mont Alto baseball traveled to Penn State New Kensington on Saturday afternoon and came away with an 8-4 win.

Trystan Housman (Harrisburg/Bishop McDevitt) got the start and earned the victory. He pitched five innings, striking out five batters and allowing two earned runs. For Housman, Saturday’s win was his third on the season.

Jared Pine (Mercersburg/James Buchanan) paced the Mont Alto offense with a 3 for 5 afternoon, recording two doubles, a triple and two RBIs. Chance McClure (Chambersburg/Chambersburg Area) and Gavin Kissel (Chambersburg/Chambersburg Area) each drove in two runs. The bullpen was strong in relief of Housman, pitching four shutout innings and scattering only four hits.

McClure got the scoring started in the first inning on a single to left center field, he plated Brady Bigler (St. Thomas/James Buchanan) and Pine on the play to give Penn State Mont Alto a 2-0 lead. Max Oliveri scored a run on a walk in the bottom half of the inning to get Penn State New Kensington on the scoreboard

Kissel doubled to right center field in the following inning to push the Mont Alto lead back up to two runs. In the bottom of the second inning, Oliveri recorded a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to 3-2.

Penn State Mont Alto added to the scoring in the fourth and fifth innings, scoring five runs. Bigler scored Kissel on a RBI single in the fourth inning. Jarrett Goodyear (Newville/Big Spring) doubled in Tyler Moreland in the top of the 5th to give the visitors a 6-2 advantage. Pine tripled to continue the inning, scoring  Kissel and Goodyear, pushing the lead to 8-2 after five innings of play.

The win lifted Mont Alto to a 13-7 overall record for the season.

No. 7 West Chester downs Shippensburg lacrosse team

SHIPPENSBURG — The Shippensburg University lacrosse team came up short against No. 7 West Chester Saturday at Robb Sports Complex, losing 21-9 to the Golden Rams in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division match.

Shippensburg (2-10, 0-7 PSAC East) scored two goals early in the second quarter and was within 8-4 of West Chester (9-1, 6-1) when the Golden Rams called a timeout. WCU responded with three straight goals and took a 12-6 lead into halftime before outscoring the Raiders 7-0 in the third quarter.

Senior Hannah Seifried (Springfield/Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr) recorded her eighth hat trick of the season and the 19th of her career. Seifried also had eight of SU’s 16 draw controls, finishing one short of her season high.

Shippensburg will host Shepherd at 4 p.m. Wednesday for a PSAC East divisional clash.

Shippensburg U. tennis team snaps home losing string

SHIPPENSBURG – The Shippensburg University women’s tennis team recorded its first home win in three years on Saturday with a conference crossover win over Clarion, 7-0, at Robb Sports Complex.

Shippensburg (2-9) won all four of the contested singled matches and claimed the doubles point as well. Clarion (1-11) had only four players and had to forfeit No. 5 and No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles, which gave the Raiders a 2-0 lead before doubles and singles matches started.

It was Shippensburg’s first home victory since March 16, 2019 against Holy Family.

The Raiders will travel to Shepherd Wednesday for a 3 p.m. matchup with the Rams.

Shippensburg softball team sweeps East Stroudsburg

EAST STROUDSBURG — The Shippensburg University softball team used excellent pitching and timely hitting Friday to hand East Stroudsburg its first home losses of the season, sweeping a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division doubleheader by scores of 4-1 and 2-1 (nine innings).

Shippensburg (17-11, 3-1 PSAC East) reversed its recent struggles at East Stroudsburg (24-4, 1-3), as the Raiders entered the day having lost seven straight games at ESU dating back to 2017. The sweep was the first time SU has recorded a road sweep at East Stroudsburg since 2016.

The Raiders totaled 18 hits in the doubleheader, including five that went for extra bases. SU got a solo home run in Game 1 from sophomore Morgan Lindsay (Hereford/Upper Perkiomen (Colgate)) and two doubles in Game 2 from freshman Katelyn Minney (Lititz/Warwick).

Sophomore Taylor Myers (Fayetteville/Chambersburg Area) and Minney each had four hits on the day. Sophomore Alyssa Nehlen (Pulaski/West Middlesex) had two hits and an RBI. Lindsay had two hits, including the solo home run, and two RBIs. Junior Hannah Marsteller (Fredericksburg, Va./Riverbend) had two RBIs.

The story of the day was Shippensburg’s pitching, which limited East Stroudsburg to just one run in each game. Friday marked the first time that Shippensburg had allowed two runs or less in a PSAC divisional doubleheader in eight years.

Freshman Alicia Ball (Woodstock, Va./Central) and redshirt sophomore Maddie Uschock (Irwin/Hempfield Area (Dominican (N.Y.)) combined to record all but one out from the circle. The duo allowed just six hits, all singles, and struck out 14 batters between them.

Millersville ends Shippensburg University baseball team win streak

MILLERSVILLE — The Shippensburg University baseball team lost both games of a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division doubleheader to No. 16 Millersville on Saturday, falling by scores of 9-0 and 9-3 to the Marauders.

Shippensburg (15-19, 9-6 PSAC East) had its eight-game winning streak snapped by Millersville (24-8, 10-2), as the Marauders got strong starts from Jeff Taylor and Connor Cook. MU used quick starts in each game to take leads it would not relinquish.

Shippensburg had taken the first game of the series Friday at Shippensburg when Joe Barbera (Harrisburg/Bishop McDevitt) hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Raiders a 3-2 win.

SU is scheduled to next play at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Pitt-Johnstown.

Bloomsburg outlast Shepherd women’s lacrosse team

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. – Kelsey Kilgallon had five goals and an assist to lead Bloomsburg (8-4, 4-3 PSAC East) to a 14-10 win over Shepherd University (4-7, 2-5, PSAC East) in PSAC East women’s lacrosse action.

Sophomore midfielder Kaiya Edwards (Brogue/Red Lion) led the Rams with four goals and an assist. Senior attacker Katherine Campbell (Montgomery Village, Md./Watkins Mill) had two goals and tied sophomore attacker Sam Lassahn (Baltimore, Md./Concordia Prep) with a game-high three assists, while graduate student attacker Sidney Kelly (Hagerstown, Md./South Hagerstown) added a pair of goals.

Sophomore midfielder Paige Stoner  (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) and senior midfielder Maddison Young (Carlisle/Carlisle) each netted a goal, while senior midfielder/defender Paige Alexander (Ashburn, Va./Briar Woods) added an assist. Stoner added a match-high six draw controls. 

Abby Kalish, Haley Williams, and Annie Rollins each added a pair of goals for the Huskies.

Bloomsburg had a 9-3 lead at halftime

The Rams return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Shippensburg for a 4 p.m. contest.

Shepherd softball team drops a doubleheader at East Stroudsburg

EAST STROUDSBURG – Shepherd University (10-14, 3-3 PSAC East) dropped a doubleheader to East Stroudsburg (26-4, 3-3 PSAC East) in PSAC East softball action at East Stroudsburg on Saturday. East Stroudsburg recorded a 5-2 win in game one and added a 5-1 win in the nightcap. 

After plating single runs in the first and third innings in game one, East Stroudsburg plated three runs in the fourth behind RBI singles from Denva Shaw-Tait and Lexi Wright and an RBI triple from Brooke McKeown. 

Shepherd scored a pair of runs in the sixth as graduate student shortstop Ashley Burger (Hedgesville, W.Va./Spring Mills) doubled and scored on a triple off the bat of senior third baseman Nicole Purtell (Centreville, Va./Centreville). Purtell scored when sophomore outfielder Chloee Burton (Maurertown, Va./Central) reached on a fielder’s choice.   

Katie Zaun (7.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 6 K, 1 BB) (8-3) gained the win. Sophomore pitcher Hannah Ruffner (Charles Town, W.Va./Washington) (5.0 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 1 K, 1 BB) (2-7) took the loss..  

East Stroudsburg took advantage of four hits and four errors to a 4-0 lead in the first inning in nightcap. 

Shepherd scored a run in the fourth as junior outfielder Hannah Beeler.(Greencastle/Greencastle-Antrim) singled and later scored on a double by Burger.

The Rams return to action on Friday when they host Lock Haven for a 1 p.m. doubleheader. A Wednesday doubleheader against Frostburg State has been cancelled due to scheduling conflicts.