PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Altoona Softball Player Charged With Assault After Hitting Teammate With Pitch

Sometimes softball and baseball players hit batters with a pitch, and whether intentionally or unintentionally, all they are giving up is an automatic single for the batter. Penn State Altoona softball player Katelynn Burge got a little more than a runner on first base after hitting her teammate with a pitch during batting practice in April: she is facing a misdemeanor charge of simple assault and harassment, according to the Altoona Mirror.

The wild pitch allegedly was a retaliation of sorts from Burge. According to university police at Altoona, the batter was suspected of ratting out the team’s coach for violating the school’s alcohol policy. After showing up for practice in South Carolina, other girls told the victim “everyone knows” it was her who revealed the information about the coach.

Despite being warned to consider leaving practice from a friend on the team, the victim stepped into the batters’ box for batting practice. Burge, a nine-win pitcher for the 2015 season and rising junior, proceeded to throw a pitch that connected with the victim’s left shoulder. Though Burge told police the ball slipped out of her hand, the pitcher allegedly told the interim head coach she intended to hit her teammate with the pitch.

Not really helping her “accident” plea, Burge also added, “that was for [the coach that was reported]” after (literally) connecting with the batter. To the batter’s credit, she shook off the hit without injury and continued batting practice, without storming the mound or freaking out.

About the Author

Lexi Shimkonis

Lexi is an editor-turned-staff writer who can often be found at either Irving's or the Phyrst (with the chances she'll have her backpack being the same). Lexi is a senior hailing from Spring City, PA (kind of) and studying Civil Engineering. Please email questions and/or pleas for an Instagram caption to [email protected], or for a more intimate bond, follow her on Twitter @lexshimko.


More by Lexi

A Special, Precious, & Eventful Experience: Lexi Shimkonis’ Senior Column

“And here in this lovely, intriguing spot called Penn State, each of us staked our own special, precious, and eventful life.” — Ross Lehman

Homecoming To Replace King And Queen With Gender-Neutral Court

[Video] An Interview With Line Dance Leader Gina DeFrancesco


Center Ludvig Larsson Transfers To Penn State Hockey From Merrimack

The Swedish faceoff specialist graduated after three seasons at Merrimack, but will be immediately eligible to play for Guy Gadowsky in 2018-19.

Harris, Rivers Win Big Ten Titles On Final Day Of Competition

Penn State Women’s Soccer Releases 2018 Schedule

Penn State Women’s Lacrosse Loses To Penn 15-14 In Double OT

Penn State’s Kaleigh Riehl Headed To U.S. U-23 Camp

Student Life

Where Do Penn Staters Move After Graduation?

Not only is literally everyone at Penn State from “right outside of Philly,” ALMOST everyone also works “right outside of Philly.”

Penn Stater In The Running To Become Chief Taco Officer

Finding Your Penn State Beyond Penn State: Carolyn Popescu’s Senior Column

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

No Surprise Here: Saquon Barkley Can Throw, Too

Thirty yards out? No problem for Saquon Barkley.

Penn State Approved For Medical Marijuana Clinical Research

“The research component of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program sets it apart from the rest of the nation.”

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Penn Stater In The Running To Become Chief Taco Officer

Josiah Hritsko is one of three finalists to become Moe’s Southwest Grill’s “Chief Taco Officer.”

Send this to a friend