Lions Host Northwestern in Blue-White Weekend Series
April 18, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State welcomes Northwestern for a three-game set at Beard Field and Nittany Lion Softball Park. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. Friday and the squads meet again at 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
Fans can also follow along with live updates on Twitter from @PennStateSB.
INCREASED SECURITY AROUND CAMPUS
Except for authorized personnel, no one entering Nittany Lion Softball Park and all athletic facilities will be permitted to bring in any bags, backpacks, umbrellas, strollers, purses or diaper bags. Anyone with a medical need to carry a bag should place their medical supplies in a clear, one gallon, zip-close style plastic bag. Parents with a need to carry diapers and wipes also may place their supplies in a clear, one-gallon zip-close style plastic bag so the contents are visible.
In collaboration with local police, the FBI, and Pennsylvania State Police, Penn State officers and personnel will have a heavier staffing presence and higher visibility at all events.
"If those who are coming to any event on campus see something that looks unusual or out of place, they should immediately call 911 or University Police at 814-863-1111," said Steve Shelow, assistant vice president for police and public safety at Penn State. "We are asking people to remain vigilant and alert."
If arriving before noon, fans will be parked with football traffic in available lots around Beaver Stadium and the surrounding areas. Softball fans will be parked at NLSP until the surface lots are full and will then be directed toward the grass lots south of the park.
Fans will receive free foam fingers at the gate as long as supplies last Saturday. Autograph sessions with the team will follow both Saturday and Sunday contests.
ON THE HORIZON
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Four Wildcats have accumulated batting averages higher than .400, led by Amy Letourneau (.448) and Marisa Bast (.441). Anna Edwards (.438) and Mari Majam (.417) also join that group. Letourneau, Edwards and Bast have combined to hit 12 home runs in the 11-game span. On the season, Andrea DiPrimi leads the squad with a .367 average at the dish.
Letourneau (14-9) carries a 2.16 ERA through 149.0 IP, including 19 complete-game performances with three shutouts. Meghan Lamberth (8-4) follows with a 4.28 ERA in 72.0 innings of work and four shutouts.
A HISTORY OF THE SERIES
THE BELL'S CHIME
With a home run in the first inning against Ohio State April 13, Bell broke the Penn State single-season record with her 17th of the season, passing Jennifer Tripken's mark of 16 from 2002. Bell hit her 18th of the season Wednesday against Purdue to break her tie with Shannon Salsburg (1995-98) at the top of the career leaderboard, posting the 35th of her career.
Noting her offensive capabilities, opposing teams have opted to intentionally walk Bell 13 times this season.
TO BE THE BEST
Ten finalists will make the May 8 list before the group is narrowed to the three May 22. The winner of the award will be announced in the lead-up to the 2013 NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City May 28.
The 2013 season has been efficient for the senior, as Bell currently holds the top spot with a .459 batting average, holds the title with 18 home runs, ranks third in total bases (116), fourth in runs (43) and RBI (39).
Kailyn Johnson is tied for fifth all-time in walks (83), sits in 12th in doubles (28) and is within striking distance of hits (143), home runs (15), total bases (216) and RBI (105).
On the season, Bell leads with 18, followed by Jones (5), Johnson (4), Habitz (3), Furuya (2), Yao (2) while Abeyta and Presto have one apiece.
Defensively, Jones has thrown 129.1 of the team's 235.1 (55%) innings from the circle. She has accounted for all but one win this season while tossing 10 complete games with a team-best 82 strikeouts.
QUITE THE SLATE!