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Girman a big part of PSU-Greater Allegheny success in 2013

| Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Penn State-Greater Allegheny Athletics
Monroeville resident and Serra Catholic High School graduate Oliver Girman was a big part of the Penn State Greater Allegheny baseball team's run to the Penn State University Athletic Conference regular-season title in 2013.

Oliver Girman has enjoyed a successful sophomore baseball season with the Penn State-Greater Allegheny baseball team.

The Monroeville resident's latest contribution — in game one of a Penn State University Athletic Conference doubleheader on Sunday against Penn State-York — was huge for the Lions.

Girman, as the designated hitter, delivered a walk-off two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Greater Allegheny to a 3-2 victory.

A 6-1 win in game two completed the sweep and clinched the PSUAC regular-season championship.

“Oliver is a very talented athlete and baseball player,” Greater Allegheny head coach Jim Chester said. “When the lights are bright, his talent really comes to the forefront. He brings his best on game day.”

Girman, a Serra Catholic graduate, also singled home a run in the game-one victory.

In game two, Girman went 0-for-2 with a run scored. He also pitched in relief and gave up no runs, one hit and three walks while striking out two over two innings.

“Oliver just wants to win,” Chester said. “He's such a team player. I don't know if he realizes what his stats are or was aware when he won some baseball accolades here. His goal is to help us win baseball games.”

Through Sunday's doubleheader — playing 32 of 39 games — Girman is batting .416 (42 for 101) with seven doubles, two triples and a home run. He has scored 24 runs and knocked in 28.

He missed a pair of doubleheaders on April 13 and 14 because of illness, but he came back on April 18 and went 3 for 5 with five RBIs over two games in Greater Allegheny's sweep of Penn State-Beaver.

“It was great to have him back in the lineup,” Chester said.

Girman also contributed to one of the biggest wins in school history, as Greater Allegheny upended NCAA Division II California University of PA, 8-5, in the season opener.

He went 2 for 5 in that game with three RBI, and he closed out the game on the mound with two scoreless innings of relief.

Girman collected a fifth-inning two-run single to extend Greater Allegheny's lead to 8-5.

“That was one of the biggest wins in program history,” Chester said.

“Oliver played a great game, and was a big part of that win. He's been a big part of many of our wins this year.”

Girman and the rest of the Greater Allegheny squad will open the PSUAC Tournament on Thursday in State College.

The tournament runs through Saturday, and a trip to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association World Series in Butler is on the line.

Greater Allegheny finished 16-2 in the PSUAC regular season and is 25-14 overall.

“Oliver is a quiet kid who leads by example with his play,” Chester said.

“He gets better every day. He's put up tremendous numbers for us, but his best days are ahead of him.”

Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at mlove@tribweb.com.

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