Knief, VanDerveer, Miller and Sorenson combine for nine hits and four RBI
Nittany Lions fall to Grand Canyon and Sacramento State
Laubach goes the distance in Game 2 to secure the victory
Bulldogs post double-digits against the Lions in a shortened five inning contest
Penn State pulls its first upset over a ranked opponent in nearly a year and is off to its best start in five years
2014 (JUNIOR YEAR)
Appeared in 17 games in the circle, starting seven ... Compiled a 2-4 record with a 9.41 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 38.2 innings of work ... Tossed a season high five innings vs. Wagner (Mar. 15) and against No. 5 Kentucky (Feb. 21) ... Equaled her career high in strikeouts with five vs. Wagner (Mar. 15) ... Picked up her first career save vs. Bradley (Feb. 8).
2013 (SOPHOMORE YEAR)
Started 11 games in the circle ... Struck out 21, including a season-high four vs. Toledo (Mar. 9) ... Pitched a season-high five innings on four different occasions ... Collected a win against Nebraska (May 4).
2012 (FRESHMAN YEAR)
Started 19 games in the circle earning a 5-9 record with a 5.52 ERA through 22 appearances ... Made collegiate debut in a start against Louisiana Tech (Feb. 11) ... Tossed six complete games ... Finished with 78.2 innings pitched ... Struck out 33, including a season-high five against LIU-Brooklyn (Mar. 2).
BEFORE PENN STATE
Led Livingston Manor Central to New York Class D title as well as Section 9 Class D championship in 2010 and 2011 coached by Kevin Clifford ... In 2011, went 14-1 with a 0.14 ERA, tossing six no-hitters including back-to-back feats in the state semifinals and championship game ... Struck out 251 batters in 103 innings, tossing seven one-hit games ... Named N.Y. Class D Player of the Year and Gatorade/ESPN Rise Softball Player of the Year ... Had 1,345 strikeouts in five high school seasons with a 0.47 ERA ... Named to All-State first team as a sophomore and junior while earning New York Co-Player of the Year as a junior and senior ... Garnered second team All-State honors in eighth grade as well as freshman year ... Named Times-Herald Player of the Year sophomore and junior years ... Member of the Tri-State Angels travel team that won the Triple Crown National Championship in 2010 coached by Angelo Matz ... Lettered five years in softball and basketball ... Four-year letterwinner in soccer ... Reached the 1,000-point plateau during sophomore season in basketball ... Guided soccer team to New York Section IX Class D title in 2007 and 2009.
Full name is Marissa Jill Diescher ... Born June 27, 1993, in Middletown, N.Y. ... Parents are Michael and Tracey Diescher ... Has one brother, Michael ... Intends to major in physical education, hopes to teach and/or coach softball after graduation.