Campus Roundup: Several area athletes playing in the postseason|
Saturday, May 11, 2013
By Jon Christoff Sports Writer
The spring season is winding down for our former local athletes with many in their respective conference playoffs. Here is a closer look at each and how they fared down the stretch:
Drew Bryan, Virginia Military Institute: The Keydets return from an 12-day layoff with a 3-game series against Winthrop beginning today.
Bryan, a former P-O infielder, has played in 47 of VMI's 49 games this season, where he has a .260 average in 150 plate appearances. Bryan has seven doubles, two triples and 19 RBIs to his credit.
Defensively, Bryan had 121 assists and 82 putouts for a .940 fielding percentage.
Luke Curtis, Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh, which is ranked No. 17, remained hot with a 6-5 win over Ohio on Wednesday night.
Curtis is 1-0 in three starts for the Panthers. The former P-O pitcher has a 4.58 ERA in 19 2/3 innings with a 17-5 ratio of strikeouts-to-walks. Curtis has allowed 10 earned runs on 24 hits.
The Panthers (37-11) host Villanova today in a doubleheader to open their final home series of the year.
Matt Curtis, Slippery Rock: The Rock's season came to a close on Thursday afternoon in a PSAC tournament elimination game, as Gannon picked up a 9-3 win.
Curtis, a former P-O standout, made his final appearance and went 0-for-4 at the plate.
The Slippery Rock senior started all 44 games in which he appeared. Curtis ended the year hitting .216 in 111 plate appearances with one double and six RBIs. Defensively, Curtis committed just two errors and had a fielding percentage of .988.
The Rock fell into the consolation bracket with a loss to Millersville earlier in the day.
Derek Danver, Clarion: Danver and the Eagles completed their season last weekend by sweeping a doubleheader at Lock Haven.
Clarion (4-40) took the first game, 4-2, and followed it up with a 6-3 win in its season finale.
The former Clearfield infielder went 1-for-3 with an RBI in the opening victory, and ended his season with a 3-for-4 effort with two runs scored and another driven in. Danver also had a stolen base in the win.
Danver ended the season with a .234 average with three doubles, a home run and seven RBIs. At second base, Danver made 54 putouts and added 56 assists en route to a .902 fielding percentage.
Sam Gardner, Pitt-Bradford: The Panthers completed their season on Wednesday by outlasting Houghton, 15-10.
Pitt-Bradford ended the year with a 16-19 record.
Gardner, a Curwensville alum, saw action in 25 games, where he had a .304 batting average in 65 at-bats. Gardner had four doubles and seven RBIs.
Aaron Lidgett, Lock Haven: The Bald Eagles dropped three out of four games to Clarion, which entered the series with one win on the season, to wrap up its campaign last weekend.
Lock Haven ended the year at 16-28.
Lidgett, who didn't see action in either doubleheader, wrapped up his freshman year with 16 relief appearances and an average of .182 in six contests at the plate.
The former West Branch player went 1-1 with an ERA of 6.27, and was 2-for-11 with an RBI in a pair of starts.
Mike Marcinko, Shippensburg: Marcinko was named to the first-team all-PSAC Eastern Division team after leading the Raiders to a 28-20 record.
In his first year on campus, Marcinko posted a .343 average with 49 hits, 31 runs and 17 RBIs. Marcinko leads the team with seven sacrifice bunts and is second with 11 stolen bases.
Shippensburg was eliminated from postseason contention after splitting a doubleheader last weekend with Mansfield in its regular-season finale.
Ben McGary, Clarion: The Eagles earned their second win of the season last Friday by splitting a doubleheader at Lock Haven before sweeping the Bald Eagles one day later.
McGary, a Curwensville graduate, did not see action in the first doubleheader, but earned the win in Game 1 last Saturday.
McGary allowed two earned runs in the complete game, as he walked four and struck out two.
He ended the season with a 2-8 record in 10 starts, an ERA of 5.80, and his 54 1/3 innings of work were a team-high. McGary allowed 35 earned runs on 68 hits with 24 walks and 28 strikeouts.
Mike Moyer, Penn State Behrend: The Lions are hosting this year's AMCC championships and got the tournament off on the right foot with a 9-3 win over Pitt-Greensburg on Thursday.
The Lions then topped Mount Aloysius, 11-2, on Friday.
So far this season, Moyer has seen action in seven games with six starts. The former Bison pitcher is 3-0 with an earned run average of 2.67. Moyer has 21 strikeouts to his credit to go along with 19 walks.
Penn State Behrend, which is 29-10, played for the AMCC Championship this morning.
Brandon Myers, Slippery Rock: Myers and his Slippery Rock teammates ended their season on Thursday afternoon with a 9-3 loss to Gannon in the PSAC tournament.
The former P-O athlete went 0-for-4 as the designated hitter for The Rock, who finished with a 31-21 mark.
Myers completed his sophomore season by hitting .308, which was good enough for fourth on the team, with eight doubles, a pair of homers and 19 RBIs.
Myers appeared in 47 games with 43 starts to his credit.
Brett Sutika, Clarion: Sutika's season came to a close, as the Eagles split a doubleheader at Lock Haven last Friday and swept the Eagles one day later at home. Sutika, a Curwensville alum, didn't play either day.
Sutika wrapped up his season with 13 starts and 21 appearances for Clarion, which finished at 4-40. Sutika hit .143 with a double and two RBIs.
Parker Watson, Lock Haven: The former P-O righty fired a 3-hit gem in the second game of a split doubleheader against Clarion last Friday.
Lock Haven (16-28) ended its season a day later with two losses to the Golden Eagles.
Watson fanned two and didn't issue a walk in eight innings in ending his freshman season with a 3-6 mark. Watson, who logged 52 2/3 innings and pitched five complete games, had a 5.13 earned run average, issued 29 walks and struck out 26.
Chad Zurat, Penn State Behrend: The Lions (29-10) opened the AMCC tournament with a 9-3 win over Pitt-Greensburg on Thursday.
Zurat, a former Clearfield athlete, is 3-1 with five saves in 12 appearances out of the Lions' bullpen this season. Zurat has tossed 21 innings, where he has fanned 29 and issued just seven free passes.
Penn State Behrend played for the AMCC Championship this morning.
Leann Bell, Bloomsburg: The Lady Huskies downed Shippensburg, 6-0, at the NCAA Division II Regional tournament at Shippensburg on Friday and will face Kutztown in the winner's bracket final today.
Bloomsburg (31-11) advanced to the semifinals of the PSAC tournament before bowing out with losses to California (Pa.) and Kutztown.
The Lady Huskies, who are making their 31st straight NCAA tournament appearance, played Kutztown at 11 this morning.
Bell, a freshman from West Branch, is hitting .161 in 62 at-bats with a double, two home runs and eight RBIs.
In Friday's game, she went 0-for-1 with an RBI and a run scored.
Morgan Coble, Shenandoah: The Lady Hornets' season came to a close in an epic 19-inning affair against No. 17 Virginia Wesleyan on April 29. The contest was the longest in ODAC history, as it took 4 hours, 45 minutes to complete.
Coble was 1-for-6 with a walk and a sacrifice bunt for Shenandoah (27-18).
The former Lady Mountie ended her season playing in every contest, as she finished the year with a .306 average to go along with nine doubles, a triple and three home runs. Coble scored 27 runs and drove in 35 more.
Holly Lansberry, Lycoming: Lansberry concluded a stellar collegiate career recently, as Lycoming split a doubleheader with Albright.
The former Curwensville pitcher was hung with the loss to end her senior campaign at 7-7, while adding her second save in her final outing.
Lansberry allowed one earned run, walked one and struck out four in being tagged with the loss. The Lady Warrior senior had a 2.44 ERA on the year in 97 1/3 innings of work. Lansberry, who was second on the team with a .292 batting average, struck out 85 and issued 24 walks.
At the plate, Lansberry added three doubles and five RBIs en route to a team-high on-base percentage of .443.
Lycoming ended the season with a record of 15-19.
Chelsea Rex, Saint Francis (Pa.): Saint Francis completed its season recently with a split doubleheader with Quinnipiac. Rex was 0-for-1 in pinch-hit appearances in both games.
The former Lady Mountie standout finished the year with a double, three homers and 16 RBIs with a .242 average.
In the pitcher's circle, Rex compiled a 6-9 record in 115 1/3 innings of work, where she allowed 71 earned runs on 134 hits. Rex struck out 72 batters and walked 45.
The Lady Flash completed the season with a 25-30 record. Their win total was the second highest in school history, behind the mark of 28 that was set in 2002.
Jalisa Westover, Mount Aloysius: Westover was named an all-AMCC first-teamer after leading the conference in fielding percentage (1.000), hits (62) and RBIs (33). The Flinton native hit .443, good enough for third in the conference.
The Lady Mounties ended the year with a 26-13 record and were eliminated from the conference tournament after reaching the quarterfinal round.
Westover, who played center field, finished her season with nine doubles, two triples and three home runs, and she struck out just twice in 140 at-bats.
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