Penn State Altoona softball student-athletes sweep weekly AMCC awards

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Penn State Altoona women’s basketball student athletes Jess Burns, of South Fayette, and Camryn Figard, of Hollidaysburg, were recognized for their success in the classroom on Tuesday, March 26, when both student athletes were named to the College Sports Communicators’ Division III Academic All-District team.

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NORTH BOSTON, N.Y. — Penn State Altoona softball’s utility player Cameryn Feathers, of Martinsburg, and right-handed pitcher Josselyn Nau, of Bellefonte, were both awarded by the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) on Monday, March 11, for their performances on the field last week.

Feathers was named the AMCC’s Player of the Week in softball, while Nau was chosen as its Pitcher of the Week. Both players had key roles for the Lions last week, when the team competed in seven of its nine games in the Fort Myers-area Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic.

Feathers had a strong week at the plate for Penn State Altoona, posting five multi-hit performances in her seven games.

Feathers went 3-for-4 with a run batted in and a run scored in the Lions’ 5-4 loss to Bethany College on March 6. On March 7, Feathers had an RBI and a stolen base in a 3-0 victory over Clark University, then was 1-for-3 with an RBI in a 5-1 loss to Bethany later that day.

Feathers posted a pair of three-hit performances on March 8 in games against Baruch College and North Central University. In the Lions’ 3-2 triumph over Baruch, she was 3-for-3 with a run scored and a stolen base, then followed that up by finishing 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI, and two runs scored in a 14-4 win over North Central.

Feathers finished the week with two more multi-hit showings on March 10 when her team took on the University of Saint Joseph and Emerson College. She went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base in the Lions’ 7-6 win over St. Joseph, and was 3-for-4 with her first home run of the season, three RBI, and two runs scored in an 8-5 victory against Emerson.

In seven games on the week, Feathers hit .577 (15-for-26) with eight RBI, eight runs scored, three stolen bases, one home run, and one double. She currently leads the AMCC in hits (18) and is second in total bases (23).

Nau began her collegiate softball career with an impressive opening week in the pitching circle, recording four wins while making six appearances, including three starts.

Against Clark last Thursday, Nau tossed a complete game to pick up a shutout win, going seven innings, holding Clark scoreless while allowing only four hits and no walks, and striking out four batters. She made a scoreless relief appearance later that day against Bethany, going 1 1/3 innings and yielding just one hit.

Nau made two more appearances in the circle on Friday. She started against Baruch and went the distance again for another victory, pitching seven innings, limiting Baruch to two runs on seven hits and no walks, and punching out seven batters. The right-hander tossed two scoreless innings out of the bullpen later that day against North Central, striking out three.

Nau finished her week with two more pitching appearances on Sunday, both of which resulted in a win. The right-hander entered in relief against St. Joseph, pitching 2 1/3 scoreless innings while allowing three hits and a walk to register the victory. She started the Lions’ next game against Emerson, picking up a complete game win after going seven innings, allowing five runs, and striking out a pair.

On the week, Nau compiled a 4-0 record, a 1.84 earned run average, and a .97 WHIP. She pitched 26 2/3 innings and recorded 16 strikeouts. Nau currently leads the AMCC in wins (5), complete games (4), and innings pitched (32).

Penn State Altoona softball is 6-3 overall this season, with all of the team’s games thus far having been in the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic. The Lions return to campus to host their home opener on Thursday, March 14, when the team will take on Grove City College in a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.