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Sovereign concludes rookie campaign

Crescenta Valley High graduate wraps up solid all-around first year at Penn State.

May 25, 2011|By Grant Gordon,

GLENDALE — The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

Alyssa Sovereign (Crescenta Valley High, 2010) freshman, Penn State softball: With plenty of former Falcons currently playing at the collegiate level, Sovereign turned in the biggest season to date and did so in her first season in the college ranks.

The Nittany Lions, making their first NCAA playoffs appearance since 2007, went 2-2 in regional action before their season ultimately ended in a 3-1 loss to Oregon on Sunday.


Sovereign had a walk in the game for Penn State, which finished its season at 31-24-1 and 11-8-1 in the Big 10 Conference.

But on Saturday, the Nittany Lions won two regional games, besting Albany, 6-1, and Fordham, 5-2, in 16 innings with Sovereign notching a home run in each game.

Sovereign hit a fourth-inning two-run dinger against Albany that broke a scoreless tie and stood as the game-winning hit. Against Fordham, Sovereign hit another two-run home run that tied the game after Fordham jumped out to a 2-0 lead. The game ended after becoming the second-longest in PSU chronicle.

Before postseason play began on May 18, Sovereign was recognized as a third-team All-Big 10 Conference selection — one of four Nittany Lions to garner all-conference honors. During the regular season, the former Falcons standout hit .268 with 13 extra-base hits and 22 runs batted in. The right fielder also had five outfield assists and, in conference, hit .333.

For the season as a whole, including the playoffs, Sovereign played in all 56 of her team's games, starting in 55, and hit .257 with 11 runs, 26 RBI, a .413 slugging percentage, nine walks and an impeccable 1.000 fielding percentage in 62 chances.

Baillie Kirker (Crescenta Valley High, 2009) sophomore, Arizona softball: Kirker and the Wildcats are set to host a Super Regional against the Oklahoma Sooners, with the best-of-three series beginning on Friday and going through Sunday, if necessary.

All of the games are scheduled to be televised on ESPN, with Friday's 8:30 p.m. PDT contest on ESPNU and Saturday's 2 p.m. game on ESPN.

Arizona was at home for the regionals, as well, sweeping through Harvard, New Mexico State and Texas Tech. In the Wildcats' 10-2 regional-clinching win over Texas Tech on Sunday, Kirker hit her fourth home run of the season and also drew two walks.

Arizona is currently 43-16 and went 11-10 in the Pacific-10 Conference.

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