Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC)
United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA)
Lady Lions softball excited on eve of season opener
By Bert DeSalvo, staff writer
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Myrtle Beach, SC - The Penn State Beaver Lady Lions softball team will take the field tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. against Milligan University (TN) in the 2011 Fast Pitch Dreams Spring Classic at Huckabee Field.
The Lady Lions come off a 27-20 overall record, including a 15-1 PSUAC mark. They earned the # 1 seed in the PSUCA Conference Tournament as regular season champions and qualified for their fourth consecutive USCAA Tournament appearance.
Head Coach Andy Kirschner is in his tenth season (154-143) at the helm along with assistants Tony Campbell and Al DeSalvo, Jr.
Despite the key losses of seniors Amanda Moore (PA CyberSchool/Aliquippa, PA), Alonna Verrico (Rochester High School/Rochester, PA), and Sam Neely (Northgate High School/Pittsburgh, PA), the Lady Lions are poised to return to the top of the PSUAC and challenge for a USCAA National Tournament.
Returning for the Lady Lions will be PSUAC Player of the Year and USCAA All-American junior Ashley Watkins (Seneca Valley High School/Cranberry, PA). Watkins' powerful bat and defensive presence in the outfield and behind the plate will anchor the Beaver lineup. Junior Lindsey Scialdone (Ellwood City High School/Ellwood City, PA) adds stability at the first base position and a run-producing left-handed bat in the order.
On the mound, senior captain Kayla Chambers (South Side Beaver High School/Hookstown, PA) will be the ace for Beaver, taking the lions' share of the innings. Sophomores Alyssa Carver (New Brighton High School/New Brighton, PA) and Kori Freyermuth (Perry Traditional Academy/Pittsburgh, PA) will also see substantial time as they fill out Beaver's pitching staff. Carver will be asked to make things happen on the base paths for the Lady Lions.
In addition, Freyermuth has the power and clutch factor to drive in runs for the team. Junior Jamie Karpinski (Quigley Catholic High School/Beaver, PA) and sophomore Jocelyn Wensel (St. Mary's High School/Force, PA) will share time behind the plate. Both will be looked upon to drive in runs in key spots throughout the year.
Sophomore outfielder Danielle Ringel (Sto-Rox High School/Kennedy Township, PA) rounds out the list of returners for Beaver and will be counted on to shore up Beaver’s defense.
Kirschner has brought in local talent and freshman infielder Lauren Pier (New Brighton High School/New Brighton, PA) to steady the infield at second base. Her combination of speed and power will prove valuable in the lineup and will give Beaver another added threat. Freshman Myranda Raymond (Brashear High School/Pittsburgh, PA) will also have an immediate impact with the Lady Lions as her power and ability to play multiple defensive positions will make her a welcome addition.
In addition, newcomer senior, Jessica Bartges (East Allegheny High School/North Versaillies, PA), will look to step and provide championship experience and a solid bat to the squad.
Moreover, with so much new talent on the roster, Beaver is poised to make another championship run.
Kirschner commented that that the team's motto is "One More." "We've stressed to the women that they need to go the extra mile in everything they do this season in order for us to be where we want to be in early May," Kirschner said. "Senior leadership and a mix of talented juniors, sophomores, and freshmen will be the key to making that goal a reality. I believe that the sky is the limit with this group."
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