CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Penn State Altoona baseball was defeated 11-5 by non-conference opponent Wilson College on Thursday at Henninger Field.
The Lions (19-12) spotted Wilson an early lead, then yielded a big inning late in the game to put things out of reach.
"Frustrating to come out flat and play the way we did today," said Penn State Altoona head coach RJ Barnard. "We've got to play better down the stretch run. We're a better team than we showed today."
Catcher Cumming (Altoona, PA/Altoona) was 2-for-5 with a home run, three runs batted in, and one run scored for the Lions. Hunter Breon (Boiling Springs, PA/Boiling Springs) went 2-for-4 with a homer, an RBI, a run scored, and a walk, and Andrew Culp (Oxford, PA/Oxford) went 2-for-5 with a double.
Clayton Hain (Schaefferstown, PA/Eastern Lebanon County) started on the mound and lasted 6 1/3 innings, surrendering five runs on six hits and one walk while striking out four. Hunter Goshorn (Carlisle, PA/Boiling Springs) tossed 1 2/3 in relief, allowing no earned runs on three hits and two walks with a pair of strikeouts.
Wilson (15-7) plated the game's first run in the bottom of the first on an RBI single from Nick Quinn.
Cuming's two-out RBI single to left-center in the top of the third got Penn State Altoona on the board and tied the score 1-1.
But the Phoenix used a three-run fourth inning to leap ahead. After two singles and a hit batter, Grant Astle's double to right-center cleared the bases and put Wilson on top, 4-1.
Penn State Altoona picked up a run in the sixth when a balk on Wilson's pitcher advanced Stephen Schanne (Mantua, NJ/Clearview Regional) home from third base.
But Wilson got that run back with one swing of the bat, when Cole Rinehart led off the bottom half of the sixth with a home run to right-center that put his team ahead by three, 5-2.
Breon's solo home run to left – his second homer of the season – cut Wilson's lead to 5-3 in the top of the eighth.
But the Phoenix took advantage of Penn State Altoona mistakes in the bottom of the eighth, putting together a six-run inning to take a commanding lead. An infield error allowed Rinehart to score, before Hunter Cheek and Connor Martin came home on a pair of passed balls and Astle scored on a wild pitch. James Husar's two-run single to center later in the inning made it 11-3.
Cumming hit his sixth home run of the season in the top of the ninth, a two-run homer that set the score at 11-5.
Penn State Altoona baseball dives back into Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference play this Saturday, April 20, when the Lions will travel to Erie, Pa. to take on Penn State Behrend in a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m.