College notebook: Streaking Penn State Greater Allegheny class of its conference
Penn State Greater Allegheny was perfect in winning its second consecutive Penn State University Athletic Conference baseball championship.
The Lions won all 22 games against conference opponents and set a school record for overall victories for a second straight year.
They will play St. Joseph's (N.Y.) on May 12 in the first round of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association World Series in Springfield, Ill., after beating Penn State Brandywine 5-0 on Saturday in the PSUAC championship game.
Greater Allegheny (32-9, 22-0) extended its winning streak to 18 and will tune up for the USCAA World Series with a doubleheader on Friday at NCAA Division II Mercyhurst.
“We wanted to play some more, and so did they,” Greater Allegheny coach Jim Chester said.
Chester, who previously coached at NJCAA Mercyhurst-North East, is close friends with Mercyhurst coach Joe Spano, and it was one of Spano's former players who stood out for Greater Allegheny on Saturday.
Senior right-hander Braedon Pennington, who transferred to Greater Allegheny this season, limited Brandywine to four hits while striking out six and walking three. Aaron McGee and Adam Wehr had two hits, and McGee scored twice for Greater Allegheny.
The Lions are the first PSUAC team to combine for an undefeated record during the regular season and tournament play.
“I spent a lot of time researching it, and I can't find where it's been done anywhere else,” Chester said. “To the best of my knowledge, it hasn't been done in Division I.”
Greater Allegheny, which beat Schuylkill 4-3 in its PSUAC tournament opener Friday, has scored 199 runs and given up just 28 against conference teams this season.
Altavilla sets strikeout mark
Former Elizabeth Forward right-hander Dan Altavilla set a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference tournament record for strikeouts with 19 for Mercyhurst in a 6-0 victory over West Chester in the first round.
Altavilla, a junior, is 8-0 in 10 starts with a 1.19 ERA. He has struck out 107 and walked 23 in 68 2⁄3 innings. Opponents are batting just .156 against him.
Altavilla also was named a Capital One CoSIDA Academic first team district selection with a 3.66 grade-point average in sports medicine/pre-physical therapy.
Mercyhurst lost to Millersville, 7-6, on Saturday in the PSAC semifinals.
• Catcher/first baseman Chris Miller (Serra Catholic) is batting .320 with two home runs and 36 RBIs in 122 at-bats for Division II Seton Hill.
• Outfielder Ricky Olasz (West Mifflin) is batting .347 with one home run and 21 RBIs in 118 at-bats for Division III Mt. Union.
• Left-hander Alain Girman (Serra Catholic) is 0-2 with a 4.86 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 37 innings for the NJCAA State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota campus. Girman, who has appeared in 13 games, including three starts, is a transfer from Division I Mt. St Mary's (Md.)
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