The Smaller Side of Penn State Sports: 4.9.12

W. Gymnastics

Sharaya Musser has to be the best spring athlete at Penn State, right? She finished third in the all-around competition, was named Northeast Region Gymnast of the Year, and earned a spot in the NCAA Championships for the third straight year. You may have also see her work in this Big Ten Network PSA.


Struggling in conference play, but they won their fifth straight game against non-conference opponents after sweeping Canisius. Sean Deegan was Saturday's hero with a home run and walk-off single. The sweep improved PSU to (12-18) overall. They play Pitt on Wednesday before a three-game series against Michigan.

Men's Tennis

Lost at Minnesota 5-2, which knocked Penn State down to (11-8, 1-5 Big Ten) for the season. Penn State then lost at previously winless Wisconsin, 5-2.

Track & Field

Penn State's men's and women's teams recently completed in LSU's Battle On The Bayou. The men finished fifth overall, and the women placed sixth. Of note, PSU set a new school-record in the 4x400 relay, with a time of 3:06:50 (good for third place at the meet -- that's how competitive the event was). Individual winners included Tanaya Lloyd in the women's triple jump, Laura Loht in the women's javelin, and Joe Kovacs in the men's shot put.

Softball (@PSULionSoftball)

Penn State closed out a three-game sweep of Michigan State yesterday, with sophomore Kasie Hatfield leading the way:

Hatfield led the Penn State (11-22, 3-6 Big Ten) offense with a 2-for-4 outing to cap a 7-for-11 weekend with three runs scored, two doubles, a homer and five RBI. She came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with Lauren Yao (Los Angeles, Calif.) on base after a lead-off single. Hatfield crushed the first pitch from Carly Nielsen over the left-centerfield wall for her first homer of the year as the Lions improved to 4-1 at home.

PSU has now won four straight games following a 13-game losing streak. They play a home double-header against Temple on Wednesday before a home weekend series against Indiana.

Men's Volleyball (@PSUVolleyball)

Needed to come back from a 2-0 deficit against Harvard (20-25, 21-25, 25-13, 25-21, 15-10), but clinched their 28th EIVA title and will host the EIVA tournament's semi-final and final rounds on April 26 and 28. In the meantime, they'll travel to BYU for a pair of games before returning home to play St. Francis.

Men's Lacrosse

Ranked #16-ish and improved to 6-5 overall (2-1 CAA) with a comeback win over Drexel. Sophomore Gavin Ahern scored the winning goal with less than three minutes remaining. Penn State plays at #19 Towson next weekend.

Women's Lacrosse

Fell to (8-4, 1-2) after a home loss to undefeated and top-ranked Northwestern, 14-7. PSU's leading scorer, Mackenzie Cyr, saw only limited action in the game after missing their previous game against #4 Florida. PSU plays at Lehigh this week.

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