Behrend softball team showing power at the plate

A Penn State Behrend softball player waits for a pitch.

The Penn State Behrend softball team scored 35 runs in four games against Franciscan and La Roche.

Credit: Penn State Behrend

The softball team at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, scored six runs in a single inning against La Roche. A day later, against Franciscan, five players hit balls over the fence.

The college’s baseball, volleyball, track and field and tennis teams also were in action last week. Here are the highlights:


Penn State Behrend 9, Bethany 2

Penn State Behrend 6, Bethany 3

The Lions scored at least one run in each of the final four innings in the opener against Bethany. Scott Sada, a junior from Saegertown, hit a home run in the fourth.


Penn State Behrend 12, Franciscan 2

Penn State Behrend 12, Franciscan 10

Penn State Behrend 10, La Roche 0 (5 innings)

La Roche 5, Penn State Behrend 1

A.J. Nichols, a junior from Pittsburgh, struck out five batters and allowed just one hit in the opener against La Roche. Mackenzie McIntire, a freshman from Stoneboro, batted three-for-three in that game; she had two runs, a double and an RBI.

Men’s volleyball

Juniata 3, Penn State Behrend 0

Penn State Behrend 3, St. John Fisher 0

Penn State Behrend 3, Medaille 1

The win against Medaille answered a five-set loss to the Mavericks earlier in the season. Tyler Hermann, a junior from Cranberry Township, posted 15 kills, 11 digs and three blocks.

Men’s track and field

Braeden Smith, a freshman from Erie, won the high jump at the John Homon Invitational, hosted by Mt. Union, clearing a height of 1.99 meters. Behrend’s “A” relay team – Greg Graf, Grant Rodgers, Devin Ross and Colton Barger – won the 4x400, finishing in 3:24.02.

Women’s track and field

Rachel Pell, a senior from Elizabeth, won the 400-meter hurdles at the John Homon Invitational, hosted by Mt. Union. She ran a season-best time of 65.66.

Men’s tennis

Penn State Behrend 9, Mt. Aloysius 0

Penn State Behrend 8, Alfred 1

The Lions gave up only five set points in a sweep against Mt. Aloysius. The team is undefeated in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference play.

Scores, results and updates for Penn State Behrend athletics are posted at