District college notebook: Jacobs tosses 1st perfect game in Penn State Behrend history
By Jeff Vella
Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013, 11:52 p.m.
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• Senior Ryan Jacobs (South Allegheny) threw the first perfect game in program history during the Lions' 1-0 victory over Mount Aloysius on Sunday. He struck out six and threw fewer than 70 pitches.
• Senior shortstop Brad Burkardt (Latrobe) became the school's all-time leader in hits on an infield single against Penn State Altoona on Friday. Burkardt's 184th career hit eclipsed the total of former NAIA All-American Danny Consuegra, who played from 2003-06.
• Freshman tennis player Dave Cenkner (Mt. Pleasant) went 6-0 in three matches last week, helping the Bearcats finish 7-0 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference and clinch their first regular-season title.
• Senior catcher Holly Stevens became the program's all-time leader in RBI during a doubleheader split with Seton Hall on Saturday. Stevens, who already is the Panthers' career leader in homers, recorded her 121st RBI. She passed Samantha Card, who played from 2006-09. Stevens is hitting .276 with seven homers and 26 RBI this season.
• Senior Sean Sweithelm won medalist honors at the 50th annual Cecil C. Spadafora Golf Invitational to lead the host Crimson Hawks to a second-place finish in the 15-team event Monday. He finished with an even-par 142 in the two-round tournament. California (Pa.) had the top team score.
• Senior Max Vickerman (Seneca Valley) threw a six-hitter in an 11-0 victory over Geneva on Monday. It was Vickerman's first career shutout and the first for the Wolverines since May 22, 2011.
• Gannon (17-11, 9-3) and California (Pa.) (25-10, 9-3) meet this weekend with first place on the line in the PSAC West. The Vulcans host a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday, followed by two games at 1 p.m. Sunday in Erie.
NCAA gymnastics championships
• Top-ranked Penn State hosts the men's event Friday-Sunday at Rec Hall. Qualifying is Friday, with the team and all-around finals at 7 p.m. Saturday and the individual finals at 2 p.m. Sunday. Penn State senior Sharaya Musser will compete in the women's all-around competition, which begins Friday at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles.
Also on tap
• PSAC men's and women's team tennis championships, Friday-Saturday, Indiana (Pa.)
• PAC men's & women's spring golf championship, Monday-Tuesday, Cedarbrook Golf Club
• PAC men's tennis championship tournament, Friday-Saturday, Erie
— Jeff Vella• Edinboro cross country and track and field coach Doug Watts announced he will step down after 44 years. His teams won six national titles, and he was the longest-tenured coach in the PSAC.
• Westminster senior pitcher Chelsea Brown (Mohawk) leads the Presidents' Athletic Conference with a 1.70 ERA and ranks second with 78 strikeouts.
• California (Pa.) senior runner Erin Kling has broken three school records this spring, all of which were held by Gwen VanDine and stood since 1984. Kling's records are in the 10,000, 3,000 and 1,500.
• The Point Park baseball team won the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular-season title with a doubleheader split with Indiana Southeast on Sunday. The Pioneers earned the top seed for the KIAC Tournament, which begins Wednesday at Indiana Southeast.
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