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SWH Is Digging The Spring Sports

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Spring Sports

The softball team has tied the second-longest winning streak in program history, finishing victorious in the past seven contests. The team swept Michigan State this weekend to make it two consecutive sweeps in Big Ten play. The Lions got a clutch home run by Macy Jones to take the lead on Saturday. The opposite-field blast was the second deep ball of the inning for the ladies and would go on to be the game-winning run.

The baseball team swept Purdue on Saturday, including a walk-off double in the 12th inning by Alex Malinsky. The pair of wins improves the team's conference record to 4-2 in the early going of the season.

The men's lacrosse team got a stellar performance from goalie Will Schreiner on the way to a 6-5 victory on the road against Ohio State. It was the first conference game for the Lions.

Brainnah Tsang was able to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the floor exercise while Penn State finished fifth at the NCAA regionals. Tsang lost a tie-breaker to qualify for the NCAA's in the overall category.

Trevor Howard took home a third career Big Ten individual title on the high bar on the men's side.

Big Ten Football

Teams have begun spring football practice around the league. Michigan has already played its spring game, which it did on Friday. Here are some of the highlights of the game, including an interview with Jake Butt. J.T. Barrett gave an interview after a practice that was held during OSU's spring practice sessions. Barrett is in line to have the quarterback job all to his self in 2016 for the first time in his career.

Nebraska landed a huge wide receiver prospect when it nabbed Keyshawn Johnson, Jr. a week ago. Recruiting circles have the 6'1, 195 pound Johnson rated highly and he had offers from many of the top programs in the country. If he's anything like his father, coach Mike Riley had better give him the damn ball. Riley's west-coast recruiting connections are beginning to reap benefits for the Huskers.

The Scarlet Knight's have installed a new 'power spread' offense this year. Here's how the team looks so far. It hasn't been confirmed at this point, but it has been rumored that the new offense has retained the quarterback run/pass option play where the qb chooses both options at the same time.

Penn State Hockey Players In the Pros

There are currently seven former Lions playing in the minor league hockey system. Matt Skoff picked up his first professional win with the Reading Royals on Saturday. It was his first start after joining the team two weeks ago. Skoff described the game as being 'the best win I ever had.' While it hurts to see the four-year starter leave the program, it's nice to know that he is living his dreams in his home state.

Eric Scheid saw action for the first time with the Portland Pirates in Friday night's win versus the Providence Bruins. Sara Civian of Onward State wrote a nice article featuring Scheid during his senior year at Penn State.

PJ Musico made the unlikely leap from being the third goalie on a college hockey team that was expected to finish with a losing record to playing professional hockey. Musico came to PSU as a walk-on prior to the Lions joining division one. His journey is perhaps the strangest; from southern California to a club hockey team and then to the pros. He spoke about the transition this past fall. Musico is 12-5-2 this season in net while spending time with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits and the Quad City Mallards of the ECHL.

Eamon McAdam, a 2013 New York Islander draft pick, left Hockey Valley with a year of eligibility remaining a few weeks ago. He has joined the Islander's AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, but has yet to see the ice. Luke Juha joined the Sound Tigers as well and has yet to play in a game.

Casey Bailey has played in the AHL this season with the Toronto Marlies and also the Binghamton Senators. Through 61 games this season, Bailey has 9 goals and 24 assists. The former economics major was the first Lion to cash in his hockey talent at the professional level. After starring with Penn State last season, he joined the Toronto Maple Leafs and made roughly $100,000 to play in 6 hockey games. Players in the AHL typically make $42,000-$70,000, so that's not a bad job right out of college for this year. Bailey signed a two-year contract worth $912,500 per season that lasts until 2017. In order for him to see that type of money, he will have to make the NHL roster in the fall.

Patrick Koudys, the team captain in 2014-15, is currently playing with the Indy Fuel in the ECHL. Through 37 games Dice has one goal and three assists and has played solid on defense.

In case you missed it, here is the final installment of the Penn State Hockey Story. It's a great episode and it's twenty three minutes long, so you will have time to watch it once you clock out and take lunch. Or you could watch half at each of your fifteen minute breaks.