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Softball home Saturday; ranked 19th in national coaches poll

4/9/2012 —


2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 14 vs Penn State Hazleton
Doubleheader, Wolf Pack Park, Lower Burrell

Sweep Doubleheader at Greater Allegheny
8-2, 9-0

The Penn State New Kensington softball team returns home at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, with a conference doubleheader against Penn State Hazleton at Wolf Pack Park in Lower Burrell, Pa.

The New Kensington Lady Lions are coming off a conference doubleheader sweep April 11 at Penn State Greater Allegheny, 8-2 and 9-0. Sophomore pitcher Jenna Swank picked up the two wins, throwing a one-hitter in the nightcap, to raise her record to 4-6 on the year. The team’s bats came alive as Kerri Barnes hit her first home run of the season and added three RBI. Jess George and Katie Colbert had two doubles each and Brooke Churma added two singles.

The victories improved New Kensington’s Penn State University Athletic Conference record to 5-1 and moved the Lady Lions into a first-place tie with Penn State Mont Alto and Penn State Beaver. The team, 7-8 overall, is ranked 19th in this week's USCAA poll. Hazleton, 5-2, is in third place in the PSUAC, a half-game behind New Kensington.

In PSUAC play, Marsili’s squad swept a doubleheader from Penn State Worthington Scranton, 11-1, 16-0, and split with Beaver, losing 9-0 and winning 10-4. Individually, Swank leads the team with a .375 batting average followed by Oravec at .333, and sophomore shortstop Bridget Fisher at .308. Oravec tops the squad in home runs, 2, and RBI, 7.

For a season prospectus, visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/Information/News/44435.htm#NEWS44435 online.

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