Posts tagged ‘Wisconsin’
This past weekend marked the opening of Beard Field at Nittany Lion Park, where the softball team swept two games from Wisconsin, an 8-5 victory on Saturday and a 3-2, extra-innings win on Sunday. It was quite the debut.
The new stadium sits in the northwest corner of the intramural field near East Halls. (For those who remember, it’s as if the diamond from the old Nittany Lion Field was picked up, moved about 350 feet west, and reversed so that hitters now swing toward University Drive.) Here’s the view of left field from the seats behind the visitors’ dugout — as with all the images here, you can click to enlarge:
That new scoreboard towers above the left-field wall, which goes about 210 feet at left center. Worth noting that Wisconsin junior Karla Powell hit a homer on Sunday that cleared the scoreboard. It was a bomb.
And here’s the view of the stadium itself, which includes concessions, bathrooms, a press box, and locker and office space for Penn State players and coaches. If you’ve ever been to a Penn State softball game, you know what an upgrade this is.
If you look closely, you might be able to see the stand-up heating lamps they’ve got up on the concourse—great call by somebody. Also, I do believe the dorm in the background is Snyder Hall, where I lived my sophomore year. Since you asked.
Seeing plenty of sunshine in the forecast, and having access to a good camera—we keep a Nikon D40 at the office—I got to pretend I was a real photographer. I took a few half-decent shots on Sunday, the best of which was this:
That’s sophomore first basewoman Kailyn Johnson (who hails from my hometown of Yorba Linda, California!) in the top of the eighth inning, squeezing her mitt on the ball an instant before Wisconsin’s Jennifer Krueger touched the bag. And it’s pretty much in focus! Sometimes I get lucky.
Ryan Jones, senior editor
Just got an e-mail from the folks at USA Basketball announcing the final roster for the World University Games. Among the names on the 12-man roster is Talor Battle, the Nittany Lions’ all-Big Ten point guard. It’s a terrific honor for Battle, who earns a trip to Belgrade, Serbia, next month for the international tournament. The U.S. team will be led by Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan — whose knowledge of Battle’s talent from conference play probably didn’t hurt Talor’s chances — and assisted by University of Miami coach Frank Haith; hardcore Nittany Lion hoops fans will remember Haith as a Penn State assistant coach during the ’95-96 season.
By the time Battle gets back from Europe, he might have a new hometown: With Talor looking at two more years in a Penn State uniform and his younger brother, Taran Buie, committed to play for the Nittany Lions beginning in 2010, Battle’s mother and kids (including Buie) are reportedly moving to Centre County in time for Buie’s senior year of high school. Buie, a top-50 recruit according to some national scouting services, is the most highly touted recruit in the history of the program. As a Penn State hoops fan who lives about a mile from State College High School, I for one am psyched.
Ryan Jones, senior editor
I was just reading another account of the events surrounding Flight 1549 and discovered that, in addition to the pilot being a Purdue grad, the co-pilot is a Wisconsin grad. What are the chances of that?
I found that article as a link from yet another article that talks about who the flight attendants were—the basic gist of the piece being that, between the pilots and the flight attendants, there was a lot of airline experience on board. The pilot was 57, the co-pilot 49, and the flight attendants 58, 57, and 51. Since the story named the flight attendants, I checked the alumni database to see if by chance any are Penn State grads. They aren’t, alas.
Tina Hay, editor