UNIVERSITY PARK - The Penn State baseball team came up just short in two low scoring affairs during Friday's doubleheader against Michigan State (28-24, 10-13 Big Ten). The Nittany Lions lost game one by a final of 4-2 and the second game by a score of 4-1.
Penn State pulled off an unthinkable feat in the first game of the twinbill, as the Nittany Lions turned not one but two triple plays in the contest. The first came in the top of the fourth inning. Michigan State had runners on first and second and Blaise Salter up to bat. The Spartans runners broke with the pitch and Salter hit a line drive at Jim Haley at shortstop. Haley caught the ball, stepped on second base and fired to J.J. White at first to complete the Blue and White's first triple play of the season.
Four innings later, the Spartans and Nittany Lions found themselves in the exact same position except with Jimmy Pickens at the dish. The Spartans once again sent the runners in motion on the pitch and Pickens ripped a shot at Taylor Skerpon at second, who tossed the ball to Haley at second for the second out who fired to White at first to complete the game's second triple play.
Penn State joined elite company with the two triple plays. The Nittany Lions became just the second team in NCAA Division I baseball history to turn two triple plays in a game, joining Gonzaga, who pulled off the achievement against Washington State on April 4, 2006. To put the feat in perspective, two triple plays from one team has occurred once in the history of the MLB, with the Minnesota Twins accomplishing it against the Boston Red Sox on July 17, 1990.
Four Lions on WNBA?rosters
UNIVERSITY PARK - Four former Penn State Lady Lions, Tanisha Wright, Alex Bentley, Nikki Greene and Maggie Lucas, are on opening day WNBA rosters as the season opened Friday.
Wright will continue as a member of the Seattle Storm, while Bentley moved to the Connecticut Sun after spending last season with the Atlanta Dream. Greene earned a spot on the Los Angeles Sparks as a free agent, and Lucas will begin her WNBA career with the Indiana Fever after being drafted by the Phoenix Mercury with the 21st overall pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft.
n Former Penn State women's volleyball Nittany Lions Katie Slay and Maddie Martin have been selected to the U.S. Women's National Team for the upcoming NORCECA World Championship Qualification Tournament at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, as announced by the organization recently.
n Penn State men's volleyball First Team AVCA All-American Aaron Russell has been selected to the U.S. Men's National Team for the 2014 NORCECA Men's World Championship Qualification Tournament.
n Freshman pitcher/first baseman Alexis Bower became the first St. Francis softball player to ever be named NFCA All-Region as she was selected to the Great Lakes Region Third Team. Bower made the team as a utility player/pitcher. The Great Lakes Region consists of teams from six different conferences including the Big East, Big Ten and NEC.