College Corner: Outfielder Romano aids Kutztown

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Thomas Romano (Phoenixville) went 2-for-6 with two runs scored and one RBI as Kutztown University totaled 16 runs on its way to a PSAC East doubleheader sweep over Lock Haven on April 18. The Golden Bears have a 23-18 overall record and stand at 11-13 in the PSAC East.

Romano is a junior outfielder who is batting .268 while appearing in 32 games for the Golden Bears, 18 as a starter. Romano has 71 at-bats, 11 runs scored, 19 hits, four doubles, four RBIs with a slugging percentage of .324, four walks and is 3-for-4 in stolen base attempts. His on-base percentage is .342. Defensively, Romano has 28 putouts with one assist and one error for a .967 fielding percentage.

Ricky Gorrell (Spring-Ford) is a junior infielder at Kutztown. Gorrell has appeared in 18 games played, 13 as a starter. Gorrell is batting .239 with 46 at-bats, 11 runs, 11 hits, two doubles, two RBIs, nine walks and an on-base percentage of .375. He is 3-for-5 in steals with 10 putouts, 16 assists and five errors for an .839 fielding percentage.

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At Bloomsburg, Joey Casselberry (Methacton) helped the Huskies achieve a history-making day for most PSAC victories in a season with a thrilling come-from-behind, extra-inning 7-6 win over East Stroudsburg.

Casselberry went 2-for-3 with on RBI in the first game of a doubleheader to up his RBI total to 23 for the season.

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Centennary’s Nick Koffel (Perkiomen Valley) went 1-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI as the team topped Gwynedd Mercy, 10-1, in Game 2 of a twinbill on April 19. Koffel is batting .305 with 25 runs scored and 13 RBIs this season.

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At Philadelphia University, freshman Meghan Loughery (Phoenixville) is a starting third baseman and leadoff hitter for the Rams, who are 24-13 overall and 14-10 in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) and have clinched a playoff berth.

In 35 games, Loughery has 116 at-bats, 23 runs scored, 43 hits, four doubles, one triple, 16 RBIs, seven walks and two stolen bases. She has a .371 batting average with a .417 on-base percentage and .422 slugging percentage.

Another Philadelphia U. freshman, Gianna Bliss (Phoenixville), is playing shortstop and first base. Bliss has appeared in eight games with 25 at-bats, eight runs, 11 hits, three doubles, three home runs and 13 RBIs. She also has three walks and one stolen base. Bliss has seen limited action because she suffered an injury during spring break after being penciled as a starter for coach Joe Long’s team.

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Cabrini improved to 14-15 on the season with a pair of 8-0 and 8-1 victories over the visiting Valley Forge Christian College (VFCC) Patriots. The victories snapped a four-game losing skid for the Cavaliers.

Steph Diegel (Spring-Ford) went 3-for-5 with four RBIs in the doubleheader sweep. Diegel is batting .326 this season with two home runs and 27 RBIs.

Phoenix Reporter & Item Sports Editor Barry Sankey also contributed to this story.