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PSNK softball team still alive for postseason berth

| Saturday, April 20, 2013, 11:30 p.m.
Jason Bridge | Valley News Dispatch
Penn State New Kensington third baseman Sabrina Johns catches a fly ball in the top of the second inning against Penn State Schuylkill at Wolf Pack Park in Lower Burrell on Saturday, April 20, 2013.
Jason Bridge | Valley News Dispatch
Penn State New Kensington's Tarra Oravec delivers a pitch to Schuylkill's Tia Lyons during their game at Wolf Pack Park in Lower Burrell on Saturday.

Penn State New Kensington isn't out of the PSUAC softball playoff chase yet, but the local Lions still control their own destiny with two games left in the regular season.

PSNK split a pair of games Saturday against Penn State Schuylkill, losing, 1-0, before posting a 4-3 victory at Wolfpack Park in Lower Burrell.

PSNK (10-10, 9-5) needs to win at least one of two home games Sunday against Penn State Mont Alto to clinch a postseason berth. Two losses, and the team will need help.

On Saturday, junior standout Tarra Oravec (Kiski Area) pitched all 14 innings and struck out 10 while only surrendering two earned runs — both in the second game.

Oravec, the most recent USCAA Player of the Week, came up big again late in the second game. With PSNK down, 3-2, in the sixth, teammate Rachel Lojass hit a game-tying home run. In the next at-bat, Oravec homered again, giving the Lions everything to play for Sunday.

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