Brackpool homers, but big inning drives Wolverines
Knief breaks season hit record; Penn State faces top-seed Michigan on Friday
Penn State meets Maryland at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday
Brackpool homers; Penn State begins Big Ten Tournament on Thursday
Nittany Lions get seven hits, including three by Erin Pond; Series finale on Sunday at 1 p.m.
2014 (FRESHMAN YEAR)
Made 24 starts and six additional appearances for 148.0 innings pitched ... Led the Nittany Lions with a 3.64 ERA, 77 strikeouts, 15 complete games and nine wins ... Kicked off 2014 with a three-game win streak (Feb. 8-16) ... Allowed one run in each game en route to 5-3, 6-1 and 9-1 wins ... Fanned a season-best six batters three times: in complete game efforts at Florida Atlantic (Feb. 21), at Michigan State (Apr. 4) and against Bucknell (Apr. 16) ... Earned a save at Indiana (Apr. 12) ... Threw five innings of shutout ball at Michigan State (Apr. 6), scattering three hits.
BEFORE PENN STATE
Three-year letterwinner for the Northampton Konkrete Kids ... Helped lead her team to the District 11 Championship in 2013 ... Posted an ERA of 0.36 in 171 innings pitched in 2013 ... Struckout a school-record 262 and notched a school-record 14 shutouts ... Owns the single-season wins record at 23-3 ... Named All-Area All-Star as a junior and senior ... Earned Pennsylvania All-State Pitcher honors after her senior season ... Received Lehigh Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year accolades in 2013 ... A 2013 Gatorade Player of the Year nominee ... Played travel ball with the Sellersville Belles 18U Gold ... Helped the Belles qualify for the 2013 ASA Gold National Championships.
Full name is Marlaina Laubach ... Born on Oct. 20, 1995, in Allentown, Pa. ... Parents are Christopher and Colleen Laubach ... Has one brother, Brady ... Majoring in psychology and minoring in French ... Wants to be a prosecuting attorney after graduation.