Harrisburg, PA – Penn State Harrisburg Softball spilt a double header with Franklin & Marshall as the Lions officially dedicated Courtney Pollock Memorial Field and Softball Complex. The Lions used a big first inning to take control of the game one in route to the victory.
Penn State Harrisburg 5 vs Franklin & Marshall 1
Penn State Harrisburg 0 vs Franklin & Marshall 9- 5 Innings
Penn State Harrisburg: 10-8 Overall, 2-2 CAC
Franklin & Marshall: 13-11 Overall, 5-3 Centennial
How it Happened:
Before the game, the Lions welcomed the Courtney Pollock family to official dedicate the field. Pollock was a native of the Capital Region, and graduated from Lower Dauphin High School in 1999 where she played softball and field hockey and actively volunteered in the community. She graduated from Penn State Harrisburg in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education and went on to teach and coach in the Lower Dauphin and Central Dauphin School Districts. Pollock passed away from cancer in June 2013. Pollock was the daughter of Douglas W. Pollock, a Penn State alumnus and collegiate athlete. The Douglas W. Pollock Foundation made a $750,000 donation to support the college's athletics and the naming of the field and softball complex.
The Lions would explode out of the gate in game one. After singles by Erelle Sowers, Katie Humphrey, and Emily Parmer loaded the bases, Carlee Gochenaur drove a single to center field scoring all three base runners. The Lions would strike again in the fifth inning with Kristen Evans delivering a sacrifice fly to center field allowing Gochenaur to score.
Meanwhile on the mound, Allison Hartman controlled the Diplomats hitters holding them to just one run on eight hits. The Lions would add an insurance run when Emily Parmer crushed a solo home run to left field, putting the Lions ahead 5-1.
The Diplomats would take advantage of some Lions errors in game two of the double header pulling away earlier in route to the victory.
Inside The Stats:
Winning Pitcher: PSH- Allison Hartman
Losing Pitcher: F&M- Sabrina Ryan
Hits: Penn State Harrisburg (6) vs. Franklin & Marshall (8)
Errors: Penn State Harrisburg (0) vs. Franklin & Marshall (0)
Winning Pitcher: PSH- Emma Lerchen
Losing Pitcher: F&M- Izzy Schaefer
Hits: Penn State Harrisburg (3) vs. Franklin & Marshall (9)
Errors: Penn State Harrisburg (0) vs. Franklin & Marshall (4)
Emily Parmer- 2-3, HR, RBI
Carlee Gochenaur- 1-2, 3 RBI
Nina Bruno 1-1
After the game, Head Coach Tonya Dengler said, "Today was a beautiful day to celebrate Courtney Pollock's life and legacy. The ladies were inspired to play hard and we are very proud to come up with a win today."
The Lions will hosts Mary Washington in CAC action on Friday April 13nd at 3:30PM and 5:30 PM. Follow Penn State Harrisburg all season long on social media with the following handles and hashtags:
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