Shippensburg University sports briefs: Raiders picked for honors

Shippensburg’s Red Raiders were picked for both individual and team honors by the this week by Pennsylvania’s State Athletic Conference.

Marsteller picked as top athlete

Raiders picked
Hannah Marsteller

The Pennsylvania’s State Athletic Conference Eastern Division picked Shippensburg University sophomore Hannah Marsteller Fredericksburg, Va./Riverbend) as Athlete of the Week on Monday. It is the second time in her career she has received the award.

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Marsteller went 7-for-11 with two home runs, a triple, and nine RBIs over the course of four games played this week (two at Bloomsburg, two vs. Lock Haven). She reached base in 11-of-15 plate appearances, drawing three walks and being hit once.

In a wild 15-14 Game 1 win at Bloomsburg, Marsteller hit a 2-run home run in the first inning and then capped off an eight-run third inning with a go-ahead grand slam to center field. In a Saturday sweep of Lock Haven, Marsteller had three hits, including an RBI-triple, and reached base six times.

Marsteller has started the 2021 season on a 16-game hitting streak – equaling the longest-known single-season hitting streak in school history (SU Hall of Famer Jaime-Lyn Dacey started the 2005 season on a 16-game hitting streak).

Marsteller is on a 21-game hitting streak when factoring in the five-game streak she had when the 2020 season ended. Researchers are checking to confirm if this is a school record. According to the NCAA Division II record book, only two PSAC players (Bloomsburg’s Erica Miller (2001), Kutztown’s Jen Schock (1994) have ever produced hitting streaks of 25 or more games.

It is the first time an SU player has received the weekly award since Marsteller’s first honor – back on Feb. 17, 2020.

Higgins is PSAC pitcher of the week

Raiders picked
Kiernan Higgins

Shippensburg University’s Kiernan Higgins (Buffalo, N.Y./Bishop Timon-St. Jude (Coastal Carolina)) is PCAS Eastern Division Baseball Pitcher of the Week, chosen on Monday afternoon by the league office.

Higgins pitched a complete game, one-hit shutout at Lock Haven on Friday. He took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before allowing a one-out single. The final seven outs Higgins recorded were all strikeouts. Higgins walked four and struck out 10, posting double-digit strikeouts for the second straight start. He recorded 1-2-3 innings in the fourth and the sixth.

This is the first time a Raider has been named PSAC Eastern Division Pitcher of the Week since Zack Sims on April 30, 2018.

Field hockey recognized

The Shippensburg University field hockey was recognizedMondaywith a 2020 National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) National Academic Team Award.

The NFHCA National Academic Team Award recognizes schools that earned a team grade-point average of 3.0 or higher during the fall semester of the 2020-2021 school year.

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