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Penn State Softball’s Pitching Proved Key To Opening Weekend Triumph

After an undefeated opening weekend in Jacksonville, Florida, Penn State softball has plenty to be proud of.

At the forefront of its accomplishments, the action from inside the circle certainly led the charge.

Between pitchers Bailey Parshall, Paige Maynard, and Kylee Lingenfelter, the Nittany Lions only allowed one run in five games played. Combined, the three pitchers gave up no earned runs and had 43 strikeouts in just 33 innings pitched.

Most notably, Maynard, a freshman, tossed a no-hitter in her first collegiate start, notching four strikeouts in the process.

“I’m incredibly proud of Paige to go out there in [her] first appearance as a freshman, and to throw a no-hitter is truly incredible.” head coach Clarisa Crowell said. “There are not many people that have done that in the history of the sport, and I don’t think anybody here at Penn State has ever done that in the history of our program.”

Lingenfelter also put on a clinic, allowing no runs and only three hits against Memphis while striking out 12 hitters.

“I mean, Kylee threw the best I have ever seen her throw,” Crowell said. “It wasn’t necessarily the strikeouts and the results, it was simply going back and watching the film, and her ball really located well.”

As for the rest of the pitching saff, Crowell is assured they’ll prove crucial moving forward with the rotation.

“We’ve got six pitchers on staff, and the best part of it is that they complement each other really well,” Crowell said.

Aside from the pitching, the offense was hot. The team had a combined .280 batting average throughout the weekend.

At the plate, Liana Jones led the pack with a .438 batting average and seven hits, with Lexie Black and Maggie Finnegan right behind her with .400 and .385 batting averages, respectively.

The Nittany Lions also outscored opponents 28-1 throughout the five games.

“Yes, the pitching was very good this past weekend, but we’re not winning games unless we’re scoring runs,” Crowell said.

While Crowell is proud of each of the individual performances from the opening tournament, it’s the entire group’s effort that drives the team forward.

“Collectively as a group, it’s about selfless softball,” Crowell said.

Penn State will head to Charlotte, North Carolina, to play in the Queen City Classic against Charlotte, Kent State, Georgia Tech, and Boston University. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. on Friday, February 24, against Charlotte.

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Mara McKeon

Mara is a senior staff writer majoring in English and public relations. She loves all things sports and anything that has peanut butter. You can usually find her obsessing over country music or Penn State wrestling and counting down the days until she gets to see Luke Combs in Beaver Stadium. Feel free to reach her on Twitter @MckeonMara, and for more formal affairs, her email is [email protected].

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