WILLIAMSPORT — Senior Holly Lansberry (Curwensville) etched her name into the Lycoming history book by pitching a five-inning no-hitter against Penn College at the Shangraw Athletic Complex March 26.
The right-hander struck out eight and walked three in the 12-0 non-conference win that was the Warrior program’s 10th no-hitter, with only one Penn College runner reaching second base.
At the same time, Lansberry moved into sole possession of fourth place on Lycoming’s all-time lists for wins (28) and shutouts (6).
She aided her own cause as the lead-off batter with two singles and a walk, scoring once.
Lansberry added a hit in the 22-2 nightcap victory that marked the most runs by a Warrior team in seven years.
She extended her hitting streak to four games and raised her average to .270 as Lycoming (8-6, 1-3) split a Commonwealth Conference twinbill with perennial title contender Messiah (13-7, 6-2), winning 2-0 after losing 10-6.
In the opener, Lansberry made her 57th career start, tied for second all-time for the Warriors, but lasted only two innings. Messiah turned a walk and eight hits into six runs.
Lansberry is 3-2 with a 2.84 earned run average in 32 innings over nine appearances. The Warrior ace has registered 38 strikeouts and given up 35 hits, 12 walks and 35 runs, 21 earned.
At the plate, she has collected 10 hits, drawn eight walks and driven in four runs.
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SLIPPERY ROCK — After suffering three consecutive losses in which his Clarion teammates mustered only four runs, junior left-hander Ben McGary (Curwensville) posted his first collegiate victory, and the Golden Eagles’ first win of the season, with a sparkling two-hit performance against Slippery Rock at Critchfield Park Friday afternoon.
McGary, who struck out two and walked one, lost a shutout in the 2-1 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Division squeaker on a triple and sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.
Sophomore second baseman Derek Danver (Clearfield) doubled home Clarion’s first run in the fourth and singled and scored the winning run on Joey Lopez’ walk-off single in the seventh.
Danver also had two hits in the first game, won 20-5 by The Rock.
Clarion (1-17, 1-5), which has not played a home game because of field conditions, managed only 16 hits while being swept 6-1, 15-2 by Gannon in Erie March 26 and 5-1, 5-0 by Slippery Rock Saturday.
McGary (1-4) leads the Golden Eagles in complete games (3), innings pitched (27) and strikeouts (14) and is second in earned run average (4.33). He has allowed 22 hits, 14 walks and 16 runs, 13 earned.
Danver is hitting .250 after 15 starts in 16 games. He has 10 hits, including two doubles and Clarion’s lone home run, and four runs batted in. He has been hit a team-high four times and drawn four walks.