Tuesday's Military Appreciation Night, organized by the Wildcat baseball team and Penn College's Student Athlete Advisory Committee, movingly paid tribute ... and delivered a doubleheader sweep of Mansfield University for the first time in program history. "When we organized the event, we wanted it to be about the veterans and active military members within our community. We just wanted a chance to give back, and I’m proud of the way that the players and fans represented the college in supporting our military members," said pitcher Maxwell G. Bair, an applied management major from Centre Hall. "The Penn College community is one of the many reasons I love this school, and I’m very proud of the showing of support we had for the event. It is our goal to make the event an annual occurrence for many years to come." The ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Joseph M. Dreese – an Army veteran and member of the soccer team, graduating next month with a bachelor's degree in information assurance and cyber security – and the national anthem was sung by softball player Alyssa G. Gentile, of Fairport, New York, a pre-applied health studies: radiography concentration, who was chosen as 2018’s “Penn College Star." Penn College bested Mansfield in the nonconference matchup at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field
, 5-2 and 11-6.