Nittany Lions visit Panthers for last non-conference game of the season
2015 (SOPHOMORE YEAR) Appeared in 34 games, including six starts, with three at second base, two in right field and one at DP... Batted .188 (3-for-16) three hits, 10 runs, one double and two RBI... 1-for-3 with an RBI double at Mississippi State (Feb. 21)… Hit and a run at Mississippi State (Feb. 22)… 1-for-3 with an RBI vs. Saint Francis (Apr. 22)… Pinch ran and scored runs vs. Grand Canyon (Mar. 12), Loyola Marymount (Mar. 14), Michigan State (Mar. 27), Wisconsin (Apr. 3, 4), Ohio State (Apr. 15), Maryland (Apr. 17) and Michigan (May 2).
2014 (FRESHMAN YEAR) Made 20 pinch hitting appearances with one start in the outfield ... Scored four runs on the season ... Crossed the plate in back-to-back games against Seattle (Feb. 9) and George Washington (Feb. 16).
BEFORE PENN STATE Four-year member of Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devils softball team under the direction of head coach Jamie Richardson ... Helped team to District 3 Mid-Penn Conference Tournament championship and a Colonial Division championship in 2009 ... Repeated as winners of both in 2010 ... Advanced to the opening round of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Championships every season (2009-13) ... Earned second team All-State honors as a senior ... Named to Colonial Division all-star lists by the Chambersburg Public Opinion and Harrisburg Patriot News as a junior and senior ... Earned Chambersburg Public Opinion Softball Player of the Year accolades in 2013 ... Played travel ball with Lady Orioles Gold of Glen Burnie, Md. ... Tabbed as an adidas Futures All-Star in 2010 ... Also lettered in cross country for two years ... Captain of undefeated 2010 cross country squad ... Earned Distinguished Honor Roll from 2009-11.
PERSONAL Full name is Mary Kathleen Ward ... Born on March 30, 1995, in Hagerstown, Md. ... Parents are Lisa and Dennis Ward ... Has two younger siblings, Matthew and Elizabeth ... Plans to major in information science and technology with a minor in developmental software.