Friday's game vs. Oregon State will be Amanda Lehotak's first competition as head coach of the Lions
Twenty pinch hitting appearances with one start in the outfield ... Scored four runs, crossing the plate in back-to-back games against Seattle (2/9) and George Washington (2/16) ... Four plate appearances.
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.
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.
WHY I CHOSE PENN STATE
"Penn State has the best education, greatest campus, life-changing, team-building sports and overall, it's an amazing place to meet people and create friends."