The Shippensburg University baseball team clinched a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference playoff berth with a weekend sweep of Mansfield. BRENNA WHITE/SHIPPENSBURG UNIVERSITY

Shippensburg baseball team clinches PSAC playoff berth

SHIPPENSBURG – The Shippensburg University baseball team clinched a playoff spot with a Saturday series sweep of Mansfield, defeating the Mountaineers by scores of 8-1 and 15-4 in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division action at Fairchild Field.

Shippensburg (25-20, 15-6 PSAC East) totaled 26 hits in the doubleheader, with 14 of those hits coming in Game 2. The Raiders extended their winning streak to 10 games with the Game 2 win, scoring 13 unanswered runs after trailing 4-2.

All 10 Raider starters had at least one hit, including multiple hits from nine of the 10 starters. Senior Justin Darden (Mountain Top/Crestwood) had three hits, a sacrifice fly, and reached base five times. Senior Lake Lloyd (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) had four hits, including a double, and seven RBIs. Redshirt-sophomore Justin Byler (Lititz/Warwick (Delaware/Louisburg)) also had four hits, including a double, a triple, and six RBIs.

Graduate JuJu Cason (East Arcadia, N.C./North Brunswick (Belmont Abbey)), senior Ben Werkheiser (Doylestown/Germantown Academy (Delaware)), and sophomore Joe Barbera (Harrisburg/Bishop McDevitt) each had three hits, including an RBI each from Cason and Werkheiser. Sophomore Andrew Chronister (Dover/Dover Area) had two RBIs, including a triple, while graduate Jordan Yoder (Ronks/Conestoga Valley (Cecil College/Liberty)) and senior Andres Garcia (Rahway, N.J./ Union County Vo-Tech) had an RBI each.

SU enters the final weekend of the season tied for first place in the PSAC Eastern Division standings with Millersville and West Chester. Seeding is still to be determined.

Saturday marked the fourth series sweep of the season for Shippensburg, with the Raiders having posted a 12-0 record this season against Shepherd, Mansfield, Kutztown and Lock Haven.

The Raiders will travel to West Chester Thursday for a nine-inning game at 2 p.m. before concluding their regular season with a doubleheader at Fairchild Field on Friday at 12 p.m.

Shippensburg U. softball team seeded second in PSAC playoffs

CORNING, N.Y. — The Shippensburg University softball team concluded the regular season with a sweep over Mansfield in a crucial Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division doubleheader Saturday with a score of 8-2 in the opener and 12-1 (five innings) in Game 2.

Shippensburg (30-16, 11-5 PSAC East) totaled 21 hits while keeping Mansfield (5-22, 1-14) to only 11 hits in the doubleheader. All nine Raider starters had at least one hit in the doubleheader, including sophomore Morgan Lindsay (Hereford/Upper Perkiomen (Colgate)) hitting a grand slam home run in Game 2.

Freshman Emma Mackulin (West Mifflin/West Mifflin Area) went 5-for-7 with two RBIs in the doubleheader. Sophomore Alyssa Nehlen (Pulaski/West Middlesex) went 4-for-7, including a double, and five RBIs. Lindsay had three hits with five RBIs and drew two walks, while fellow sophomore Taylor Myers (Fayetteville/Chambersburg Area) had three hits, one RBI and drew a walk.

Junior Hannah Marsteller (Fredericksburg, Va./Riverbend) had two hits, three RBIs and a hit by pitch. Freshman Katelyn Minney (Lititz/Warwick) had one RBI, reached base five times, and stole three bases. Senior Morgan DeFeo (West Grove/Avon Grove) and freshman Morgan Brumbaugh (McVeytown/Mount Union Area) each had an RBI and a walk.

Shippensburg ends the regular season seeded No. 2 in the PSAC Eastern Division standings, which secures them a playoff matchup against Western Division No. 3 seed Mercyhurst on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. in Quakertown, Pa.

Shippensburg men’s track team dominates Paul Kaiser Classic

SHIPPENSBURG — The Shippensburg University men’s outdoor track & field team won an impressive 12 events at home Saturday, setting a couple of meet records in the process, at the 17th Annual Paul Kaiser Classic. 

Stephon Brown (Harrisburg/Central Dauphin East) had another banner day, establishing new personal bests in winning both the 100 and 200 meters. Brown ran 10.50 seconds in the finals of the 100 meters, enhancing his NCAA provisional qualifier and setting a new meet record in the process. He came back later and delivered a sterling 200-meter time of 21.34 seconds for his second personal record and win of the day. Eric Kirk (Coatesville/Coatesville Area) ran second to Brown in both races, posting respective times of 10.78 seconds and 21.88 seconds.

Aaron Arp Jr. (Harrisburg/Central Dauphin East) had his best performance of the season Saturday, winning the 400 meters in a NCAA-provisional qualifying time of 47.40 seconds that also set a meet record and situates him atop the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) leaderboard for the event. Mason Boyd (Macungie/Emmaus) ran a PR of 49.65 seconds, finishing fourth.

Drew Dailey (Phoen, Md./Dulaney) won his mid-distance race, claiming victory in the 1,500 meters with a time of 3:52.85. Joey Cintavey (Newark, Del./The Tatnall School) achieved a PR by running 4:00.45.

Ian Sherlock (Hopewell/Northern Bedford County) won the 3K in 8:37.77, while Hayden Hunt (Shippensburg/Shippensburg Area) and Aiden Gonder (Mechanicsburg/Red Land) picked up conference qualifiers in the 5K and Chayce Macknair (Lewistown/Mifflin County) picked up a conference qualifier in the 10K.

Nate Reed (Chambersburg/Chambersburg Area) won the long jump, landing a season-best mark of seven meters (22 feet, 11 ¾ inches) to claim the victory. Shamar Jenkins (Souderton/Souderton) won the triple jump on a top mark of 43 feet, 11 ¼ inches.

Jordan Winslow (Belleville, N.J./Milton Hershey (Pa.)) claimed the high jump by clearing 6 feet, 6 ¾ inches, while Kenny Rhyne (New Freedom/Susquehannock) took second by matching the same clearance – a performance that equals his PR.

SU won all four of the throws. Alec Rideout (Canonsburg/Canon-McMillan) paced the shot putters, winning in 50 feet, 3 ¼ inches, while Nate Crowl (Elysburg/Southern Columbia) took gold in the javelin on a top throw of 180 feet, 9 inches.

Pat Maloney (Collegeville/Methacton) won the discus on a throw of 159 feet, 9 inches, and Josh Herbster (Mechanicsburg/Cumberland Valley) won the hammer on a throw of 186 feet, 3 inches.

Shippensburg will wrap up its regular season next weekend with competition at Penn State’s Jim Thorpe Open.

Shippensburg University women’s track team shines in relay races

SHIPPENSBURG — The Shippensburg University women’s outdoor track & field team won both relays in convincing fashion Saturday as part of five event victories to highlight a strong day at home at the 17th Annual Paul Kaiser Classic. 

The 4×100-meter relay team of Leah Graybill (Lititz/Warwick), Kayla Dalhouse (Middletown, Md./Middletown), Sara McKean (Shinglehouse/Oswayo Valley),  and Adriana Baxter (Philadelphia/Parkway Northwest), running in memory of the late Brooke Emery, broke the meet record in winning the event in 47.17 seconds. The time situated the Raiders atop the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) leaderboard in the event.

Concluding the meet, the 4×400-meter relay team of Graybill, Lieke Black (Ambler/Wissahickon), Dalhouse and Caroline Mastria (Sykesville, Md./Century) won in convincing fashion with a time of 3:54.48 that also situated the Raiders atop the conference leaderboard in the event.

McKean won the long jump, posting a top mark of 18 feet, 6 inches. Graybill won the open 400 meters in 56.99 seconds, while Mastria ran a new best of 25.88 seconds in the 200 meters to pace the Raiders in the event. Baxter crushed her personal best in the 100 meters with her prelim time of 12.43 seconds and ran third in the finals, crossing the finish line in 12.61 seconds.

Shippensburg lacrosse team drops finale to Millersville

MILLERSVILLE — The Shippensburg University lacrosse team came up short in its 2022 season finale Saturday, falling to Millersville by a 16-12 score in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division matchup.

Shippensburg (4-13, 2-10 PSAC East) was within two goals of Millersville (12-5, 8-4) with 8:27 in the fourth quarter, after trailing 14-11 at the end of the third quarter. An early goal from graduate Alana Cardaci (Eagleville/Methacton) was the only goal that the Raiders scored in the fourth quarter, as the Marauders scored two more goals.

Senior Hannah Seifried (Springfield/Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr) led the Raiders with five goals, and ended her career with 112 goals, which ties her for 10th in school history with Lindsey Kennedy. Seifried also led the Raiders with six draw controls, ending her career with 188 draw controls, second in school history. She added five groundballs, and two caused turnovers.

Cardaci ended the day with a hat trick, and a career of 152 goals, fifth-most in SU history. She added four draw controls, an assist, two groundballs, and one caused turnover.

Shepherd baseball team splits with Tiffin

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va.– Shepherd (16-19-1) split with Tiffin (26-16) in non-conference doubleheader baseball action at Fairfax Field on Saturday. The Dragons gained a 3-0 win in game one, while the Rams took a 1-0 decision in the nightcap.

Tiffin took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning in game one as Jake Shier singled, stole second, and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Tommy Thamann.

The Dragons added a run in the fifth as Griffin Stevens singled and later scored on a single by Shier.

Tiffin added an insurance run in the seventh as Marino Pugnetti drew a walk and later scored on a single by Tim Orr.

Graduate student outfielder Daniel Keer (Lehighton, Pa./Marian Catholic) went 2-for-3 to lead the Rams.

Michael Boswell (7.0 IP, 3 H 0 R, 7 K, 3 BB) (8-3) gained the win for the Dragons. Sophomore pitcher Chris Chaney (Falling Waters, W.Va./Saint James School/Maryland) (4.0 IP 4 H 1 ER, 3 K, 3 BB) (2-7) took the loss.

Junior third baseman Ryan Haddaway (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) led off the third inning with a single and later scored on a single by Keer for the game’s only run to give the Rams the split.

Junior first baseman Ross Mulhall (Morgantown, W.Va./University/Gardner-Webb)went 2-for-3 to lead the Rams.

Graduate student pitcher Ryan Bywaters (Smithsburg, Md./Smithsburg/Radford) (7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 12 K, 1 BB) (2-0) gained the complete game win. Tyler Wehrle (6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 14 K, 3 BB) (5-1) took the loss.

Shepherd softball team splits a doubleheader with Millersville

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. – Shepherd University (16-18, 9-7 PSAC East) split a pair of games with Millersville (20-24, 8-8 PSAC East) in PSAC East softball doubleheader action on Senior Day at Sara Cree Field on Saturday.

The Rams gained a 5-1 win in game one, while the Marauders earned a 9-6 win in the nightcap.

Shepherd took a 3-0 lead in the first inning in game one behind an RBI single by junior catcher Alex Mantz (Edinburg, Va./Central) and a two-run single by senior first baseman Tori Seymour (Winchester, Va./Sherando).

The Rams added a run in the second on an RBI single by graduate student infielder Leann Brown (Hume, Va./Fauquier).

The Rams took a 5-0 lead in the sixth on an RBI double by senior third baseman Nicole Purtell (Centreville, Va./Centreville).

The Marauders got a run in the seventh as Alexis Harkins doubled and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Aleese Angelo.

Purtell went 3-for-3 and Brown added a pair of hits for the Rams.

Junior pitcher Katie Laing (Jefferson, Md./Brunswick) (7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 K, 4 BB) (8-5) gained the win. Alex Schaefer (6.0 IP, 8 H,5 R, 3 ER, 5 K, 1 BB) (9-9) took the loss for Millersville.

Millersville used a 13-hit attack with three home runs to gain the win in the nightcap.

Angelo went 3-for-5 with three RBI, and Alyssa Stover added a 2-for-4 outing with three RBI for the Marauders. Alexia Harkins, Angelo, and Stover each hit home runs.

Seymour went 2-for-3 and drove in a pair of runs to lead Shepherd.

Morgan Crutcher (6.0 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 K, 1 BB) (9-10) gained the win for Millersville. Schaefer (1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 K, 0 BB) earned the save. Sophomore pitcher Kourtney McNatt (Middletown, Del./Appoquinimink/WV Tech) (1.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 K, 2 BB) (3-5) took the loss.

The Rams return to action Wednesday at Quakertown Pa, for the PSAC Tournament.

Shepherd lacrosse team downs Kutztown

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. – Shepherd University (5-11, 3-9 PSAC East)  scored a season-high 20 goals en route to a 20-17 win over Kutztown (4-13, 1-11 PSAC East) in PSAC East women’s lacrosse action on Senior Day Saturday.

Sophomore midfielder Kaiya Edwards (Brogue, Pa./Red Lion) had five goals and an assist, while senior attacker Katherine Campbell (Montgomery Village, Md./Watkins Mill) had three goals and a game-high six assists to pace the Rams. Sophomore midfielder Paige Stoner (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) added four goals, a team-high five ground balls, and a match-high 13 draw controls.

Senior midfielder/defender Paige Alexander (Ashburn, Va./Briar Woods) added two goals and an assist, while graduate student attacker Sidney Kelly (Hagerstown, Md./South Hagerstown) and freshman midfielder Katie Paredes (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) each tallied a pair of goals.      

Senior midfielder Maddison Young (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle) and senior midfielder Kira Barth (Sykesville, Md./Century) each scored a goal. Sophomore attacker Sam Lassahn (Baltimore, Md./Concordia Prep) had two assists and 10 draw controls, while senior attacker Haleigh Piccolo (Mt. Airy, Md./South Carroll) posted an assist.

Olivia Eilbacher had five goals to lead the Golden Bears. Emma Meakim, Sam Graf, and Lailah ElBouazzaoui each added three tallies.           

The game was tied at halftime, 8-8.

Shepherd outscored Kutztown 9-4 in the fourth quarter pull away for the win.

Senior goalkeeper Hailey Bennett (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) recorded nine saves for the Rams. Jenna Blesson (10) and Fiona Henderson (2) combined for 12 saves for the Golden Bears.

Shepherd had a 45-33 edge in shots with a 32-26 advantage in shots on goal. Shepherd was 15-of-20 in clears while Kutztown was 20-of-26. The Rams had a 31-10 edge in draw controls, while Kutztown had a 23-21 advantage in ground balls.

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