College Corner: Coughlin grad Nathaniela Bourdeau starring for St. Joseph’s track

By Bill Arsenault - For Times Leader | April 19th, 2017 2:22 pm

Sophomore Nathaniela Bourdeau came up with a big effort to help the St. Joseph’s women’s track team finish second at the Rider Invitational on April 8 in Lawrenceville, N.J.

The Coughlin High grad captured the 100 meter dash out of 39 runners with a time of 12.38 seconds. She also finished second in the 200 meter dash in 25.41 to give the Hawks 18 points for their final total of 130. The time in the 100 ranks 12th while the 200 time is 16th on the Atlantic 10 Conference performance list. She’s also ninth in the 400 meter dash (56.94).

“Nat has been steadily improving throughout the indoor and outdoor season,” coach Melody O’Reilly said. “She had a great day at Rider. Her hard work and dedication is really starting to pay off.”

St. Joseph’s got solid efforts from three other area athletes at Rider. Coughlin grad Tamar Bourdeau, Nathaniela’s freshman sister, ran a leg on the winning 4x4 relay in 3:58.80. Sophomore Lindsey Oremus, a Dallas High grad, finished second out of 43 in the 1,500 meter run in 4:48.33. She also ran a leg on the 4x8 relay which finished second in 9:51.73. Fifth-year senior Dannah Hayward, a Coughlin grad, was fourth in the 400 meter hurdles in 1:04.76. She ranks fifth in the A-10 with a time of 1:02.17 which she recorded at the Colonial Relays on March 30.

The Hawks were idle last weekend but return to action in the Larry Ellis Invitational this weekend in Princeton, N.J.

A near gem for Biasi

Junior Sal Biasi had back-to-back standout efforts pitching for the Penn State baseball team, one a winner and one a loser.

The 6-foot, 190-pound right-hander, a Hazleton Area grad, gave the Nittany Lions their only victory in the Big Ten Conference thus far when he got the victory in a 6-2 triumph over Ohio State on April 8 in University Park. He worked 6.2 innings, giving up three hits, an unearned run and striking out nine.

Last Friday, he led 1-0 with a one-hitter going into the ninth inning but gave up back-to-back home runs that led to a 2-1 victory by host Maryland in a league game in College Park. He pitched Penn State’s first complete game since 2014 and had six strikeouts.

On the season, Biasi has started nine games and has a 4-4 record, the Nittany Lions 12-23 overall and 1-8 in Big Ten play. The two efforts lowered his earned run average to 3.80. In 47.1 innings, Biasi has given up just 26 hits and 24 runs, 20 earned, with 23 walks and a team-high 62 strikeouts.

Four for Jendrzejewski

Lebanon Valley senior Olivia Jendrzejewski was named Middle Atlantic Conference Women’s Field Athlete of the Week for the second time this season after she captured all four events she competed in at the York Twilight Invitational last Wednesday.

The Hanover Area grad captured the 100 meter dash in 12.94, the 100 meter hurdles in 14.88 (wind aided), the high jump with a 5 foot, 6 inch effort and ran a leg on the 4x1 which finished first in 50.58. The high jump mark is second in the league and 14th in Division III while the 100 time ranks 18th in the country. Jendrzejewski has competed in nine events this spring and has six victories, two seconds and a fourth, that coming in the 4x1relay.

DeLuca makes the list

Cornell junior Dominic DeLuca has raced twice this spring and both of his efforts were good enough to make the Ivy League performance list.

The Dallas High grad, who wrapped up his indoor season by winning the 3,000 meter run at the IC4A Championships, finished seventh in the 5,000 meter run at UCLA’s Bruins Legends Invitational April 1 in Los Angeles, Calif. His time (14:10.39) ranks sixth in the league.

On April 8, DeLuca finished fifth in the 1,500 meter run at the JJK Invitational, also in Los Angles, with a time of 3:47.75 which ranks 10th in the league.

Marriggi likes April

Left-hander David Marriggi is 4-1 with three saves for the 14-19 Towson baseball team but the Coughlin High grad is 2-1 with a save in the early weeks of this month.

He started and got the victory (14-2) against George Mason on April 4, earned a victory in relief against Elon (11-10) last Friday and picked up a save against Hofstra (12-6) on April 8. Marriggi has pitched in 11 games with two starts and has a 3.46 earned run average. In 26 innings, he’s given up 18 hits and 13 runs, 10 earned, with 17 walks and 23 strikeouts.

A win for Stepniak

Hartford senior Brian Stepniak picked up his first victory of the season and third of his career in a 16-7 victory over Maryland-Baltimore County last Friday in West Hartford, Conn.

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound right-hander, a Dallas High grad, started and worked six innings. He gave up 10 hits and four runs, all earned, with a walk and four strikeouts. In nine games and three starts, Stepniak has a 4.35 earned run average for the Hawks, who are 11-18 overall and 3-6 in America East play.

Machalick selected

Senior Alex Machalick was named Landmark Conference Athlete of the Week on Monday after helping his 5-8 Elizabethtown men’s tennis team score a 7-2 league victory over Moravian on April 12.

The Crestwood High grad took No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-0 and teamed with freshman Connor Martin to win No. 1 doubles 8-2. Machalick is 4-7 in singles but 4-3 in his last seven matches and 3-9 in doubles but 2-2 in the last four.

Alguire named again

For the second time in three weeks, Gabrielle Alguire has been named Landmark Conference Women’s Field Athlete of the Week.

The latest honor, announced Monday, came after the Tunkhannock Area graduate finished second in the javelin throw at the Bison Open last Saturday in Lewisburg. Competing against mostly Division I and II athletes, she posted a throw of 151 feet, 1 inch. Her best this spring is 155-4 at the season-opening Jim Taylor Invitational on March 25.

Wilkes’ Nixon honored

Senior right-hander Chris Nixon was named MAC Freedom Pitcher of the Week on Monday after pitching the Wilkes baseball team to an 8-1 league victory over Delaware Valley last Thursday in Kingston.

The Wyoming Valley West grad started and allowed just one hit, walked one and struck out eight in six scoreless innings. The victory lifted Nixon’s record to 3-2 and lowered his earned run average to 3.09. The Colonels are 8-17 overall and 3-9 in league play.

Coughlin High grad Nathaniela Bourdeau captured the 100 meter dash out of 39 runners with a time of 12.38 seconds at the Rider Invitational on April 8. She has been stellar for St. Joseph's this season. Photo submitted. High grad Nathaniela Bourdeau captured the 100 meter dash out of 39 runners with a time of 12.38 seconds at the Rider Invitational on April 8. She has been stellar for St. Joseph's this season. Photo submitted.
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By Bill Arsenault

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