Campus Roundup: Spring season in full swing|
Friday, April 01, 2011
By Jon Christoff Sports Writer
Former local athletes are in the middle of their spring sports seasons with the postseason looming on the horizon for some. Here's a look at how the former Progressland standouts are faring:
A.J. Czap, Shippensburg: Czap and the Raiders have dropped four straight on the heels of an 11-3 stretch. Czap, the Ship's starting centerfielder, has started in all 27 contests for the 11-16 Raiders, and has a .295 average. The former Mountie outfielder has accumulated 26 hits, five doubles and 13 RBIs this season to go along with four stolen bases.
The Ship is back in action this afternoon when it hosts West Chester for a doubleheader.
Sam Gardner, Pitt-Bradford: Gardner has seen action in a pair of games for the Panthers, where he has gone 0-for-2 with a walk.
Pitt-Bradford hosts Pitt-Greensburg on Saturday.
Adam Jury, Slippery Rock: Jury broke open a 1-all tie with West Liberty University on Sunday to help lift The Rock to a four-game sweep and its seventh win in a row.
The former Clearfield standout belted a 2-run double to account for the difference, and followed it up with a 1-for-3 effort in the second game.
Jury has started in all 22 contests for Slippery Rock (14-8), where he has a .277 average. Jury is second on the team with 16 RBIs, 23 hits and 27 total bases.
The Rock returns to the field this afternoon when it hosts Clarion.
Kyle Kline, Penn State Behrend: The Penn State Behrend senior went 1-for-3 in a 15-2 romp over Hibert College in the second game of a doubleheader sweep. Kline scored twice and drove in a pair.
Kline has seen action in seven games this season, where he has posted a .294 average in 17 plate appearances. Kline has a double and four RBIs to his credit.
Grady Luzier, Penn State Altoona: Luzier had a pair of hits and three RBIs in the Lions' doubleheader sweep of Medaille over the weekend.
The Penn State Altoona senior leads the team with a .426 average, 23 hits and 14 RBIs. Luzier, a West Branch graduate, has three doubles, a triple and two homers on the season.
The Lions (13-4) travel to Hilbert College on Saturday.
Matt McCamley, Lock Haven: Lock Haven and California University (Pa.) swept doubleheaders from one another last week, and McCamley was 3-for-6 in the contests the Eagles (13-9) lost.
McCamley, a Philipsburg-Osceola graduate, has started in all of Lock Haven's contests, and has an average of .289 in 76 plate appearances. McCamley has 22 hits with five doubles and a home run, and has driven in 14 runs.
Lock Haven hosts Gannon this afternoon.
Ben McGary, Pitt-Bradford: McGary has appeared in five games and has a start under his belt for the Panthers, who saw their doubleheader at Juniata postponed on Thursday.
The former Golden Tide baseball player has a team-low 2.00 ERA after working nine innings. McGary, who has limited opponents to a .156 average, has eight strikeouts.
McGary also has 15 starts in the outfield, where he has a .238 average with a double, a triple and nine RBIs.
Pitt-Bradford (11-8) hosts Pitt-Greensburg for a doubleheader on Saturday.
Michael Moyer, Penn State Behrend: Moyer carried a perfect game into the fifth inning of Penn State Behrend's 2-1 win over Hibert College on Wednesday.
The former Clearfield pitcher scattered two hits and worked into the ninth inning before giving way to former high school teammate Chad Zurat.
Moyer fanned three and walked three in 8 1-3 innings of work.
The Lion sophomore has a 2-0 record with a 0.68 earned run average. Moyer has worked a team-high 26 1-3 innings, and yielded just 13 hits and two earned runs.
Brandon Myers, Slippery Rock: The former P-O standout is 3-for-4 in limited action off the bench for The Rock, which has won seven straight.
Myers has a home run and four RBIs in three contests.
Slippery Rock entertains Clarion today.
Drew Westover, Pitt-Johnstown: Westover was 4-for-10 with four runs scored in a doubleheader sweep of Ohio Valley University on Tuesday.
The Flinton native is fourth on the team with a .329 average, and is tied for the team lead in doubles (six) and home runs (four). The Pitt-Johnstown right fielder is the only regular without an error this season.
The Mountain Cats (9-11) travel to West Liberty University (WV) this weekend.
Chad Zurat, Penn State Behrend: Zurat picked up his second win of the season for the Lions after entering the game in relief of fellow Clearfield alum Moyer in the first game of a doubleheader on Wednesday.
Zurat, who owns a 2-0 record, worked the final two outs of the extra-inning affair, which Penn State Behrend won, 2-1. The Lions swept Hibert to move to 11-3 on the season.
The former Bisons standout has worked five innings and has a save to his credit. Zurat has yet to yield an earned run, and has seven strikeouts.
The Lions host Mount Aloysius for a doubleheader on Saturday.
Morgan Coble, Shenandoah (Va.): Coble and her Shenandoah teammates split a doubleheader with Ferrum on Tuesday afternoon, where the former Lady Mountie had one hit in five appearances as her team's designated player.
Coble has seen action in 23 of the Lady Hornets' 24 contests this year, and sports the team's fifth-best batting average (.281). Coble is third with 12 RBIs and has smacked a home run.
Shenandoah (14-10) hosts Meredith for a pair of games on Saturday.
Holly Lansberry, Lycoming: Opponents haven't been able to slow down Lansberry and her Lady Warrior cohorts, but Mother Nature did her part in postponing Thursday's doubleheader at Elizabethtown.
Lansberry has been on cruise control this season, as she's compiled a 5-1 mark in seven starts for Lycoming (5-1).
The former Lady Tide hurler has a 3.21 ERA in a team-high 42 innings of work. Lansberry has 37 strikeouts to her credit.
At the plate, the Lady Warrior sophomore has a .400 average, good enough for second on the team. In 30 plate appearances, Lansberry has a triple and seven RBIs.
Lycoming returns to the diamond Saturday when it hosts Alvernia.
Brittany Pataky, Lock Haven: The Lady Eagles upped their mark to 18-7 with a doubleheader sweep of Mansfield on Wednesday.
Pataky was 2-for-4 in the second game of the doubleheader, where she drove in a pair and tripled. The former Lady Bison first baseman has started in all 25 games for Lock Haven, and has a team-high .438 average.
Pataky has six doubles, a triple and a home run, and is second on the squad with 22 RBIs.
The Lady Eagles host Indiana (Pa.) this afternoon.
Track and Field
John Bowman, Penn State Behrend: The Lions competed at the Bill Van Horne Invitational on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit (WVa.), where Bowman finished eighth in the javelin, 16th in the hammer throw and 29th in the discus.
The former Clearfield athlete tossed the jav 44.94 meters, while his hammer and discus flew 35.26 and 32.67, respectively.
The Lions are back in action today at Carnegie Mellon.
Michael Johnson, Penn State Behrend: Johnson finished tied for ninth at 1.75 meters in the high jump during the Bill Van Horne Invitational at Wheeling Jesuit University over the weekend.
The former Bison jumper ended the afternoon in a seven-way tie, in addition to an 18th-place finish in the 400 dash (59.92). Johnson also completed a leg of the 1600 relay team, which was 12th in 3:37.58.
Penn State Behrend is back on the track this afternoon at Carnegie Mellon.
Brad Pataky, Penn State: The Nittany Lions recently claimed their first national title since 1953, and Pataky was a key component to their success.
The Clearfield graduate qualified for the NCAA tournament, where he finished his career after going 1-2. Pataky, a four-time qualifier, ended his career with an 85-36 record.
Scott Rosenthal, Penn State: Rosenthal won the rings title to help the No. 5 Nittany Lions post their highest score of the season, which in turn led to wins over No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 4 Illinois on March 19.
The former Clearfield student posted a 15.750 to win his ninth still rings event of the year, as Penn State finished the meet with a 356.750 total.
Rosenthal and Co. are at Illinois today and Saturday for the Big Ten Championships.
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