The Smaller Sides of Penn State Sports 4.24.12

Baseball

Keeping their hot streak alive, the baseball team took two of three from Iowa this weekend, highlighted by junior pitcher Steven Hill's no-hitter on Saturday. In addition to Saturday's 2-0 victory, the Nittany Lions won 5-2 on Friday, but dropped the series finale in Iowa City, 4-2, on Sunday.

For Hill's efforts, he was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week on Monday. It was the second such award of his career.

Penn State (18-21 overall, 6-6 Big Ten) face Mount St. Mary's and Kent State at home on Tuesday and Wednesday before hosting a weekend series with Ohio State.

Softball

Offense was at a premium for the Lady Lions this weekend as they were swept in a three-game set by Wisconsin. The Lady Badgers outscored Penn State 21-1 in the three games. Cassidy Bell's solo shot in the first game accounted for Penn State's lone run in the series.

They now sit at 13-26 overall on the season (5-10 Big Ten) and play a double-header at Kent State on Wednesday before returning home for a three-game series with Minnesota this weekend.

Men's Volleyball

With their win against Saint Francis on Senior Night this past Saturday, the men's volleyball team completed another undefeated EIVA season with a perfect record of 14-0 to go along with a 20-5 overall record. The seventh-ranked Nittany Lions now head into the EIVA Tournament which will be held at Rec Hall this coming weekend. Top-seeded Penn State will take on fourth-seeded Princeton in one semifinal while Harvard and George Mason will face off in the other semifinal to determine who will meeting in Saturday night's final.

In addition, the EIVA season awards were announced on Monday. Joe Sunder of Penn State was named Player of the Year for the conference. A full list of those honored can be found here.

Track and Field

The men and women traveled to three different meets this past weekend at Bucknell, Auburn and Walnut, California. The team had many individual victories at Bucknell, most notably in the field competitions. You can read about all of them here.

Men's Tennis

The men's tennis team (11-13 overall, 1-10 Big Ten) concluded their regular season with a 5-2 loss to Michigan State on Sunday. It was another good day for the #31-ranked doubles team of Jason Lee and Russell Bader who won their doubles match, 8-1.

They now move onto the Big Ten tournament as the 11-seed where they will take on sixth-seeded Northwestern on Saturday.

Women's Tennis

On the women's side, the regular ended on a good note as the #50 Lady Lions (12-10 overall, 4-7 Big Ten) snapped a three-match losing streak by defeating Michigan State 4-3. They earned the eighth seed in the Big Ten Tournament and will take on the ninth seed (and tournament hosts) Ohio State this coming Saturday.

Men's Lacrosse

The men's lacrosse team (8-5 overall, 4-1 CAA) defeated Delaware 13-9 on Saturday to wrap up the #2 seed in the upcoming CAA Tournament. Shane Sturgis had a career night with six points (four goals, two assists) and Tom Lacrosse (ha, what a name for this sport) added a hat trick of his own. Penn State will play Hofstra next weekend in the season finale.

Women's Lacrosse

The women joined the men in the win column over the weekend with a 12-9 victory over Johns Hopkins. The win improved them to 11-4 on the season with a 3-2 conference mark. The victory was number 100 in the career of coach Missy Doherty, who accumulated most of those victories at Towson before coming to Penn State last year.

The ladies end their regular season this coming weekend in a home bout against Princeton on Senior Day.

Women's Gymnastics AKA The Sharaya Musser Show

Musser traveled to the NCAA Championships all on her lonesome and brought back four all-American honors to bring her career total to six. She ended up in eighth place in the all-around to secure overall all-American status. Being only a junior, Musser will return next year to add to her all-American total and cement her legacy among Penn State gymnasts.

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