LANCASTER, Pa. – Penn State Altoona baseball held on to defeat non-conference opponent Lancaster Bible College 12-10 in a sloppy game on Tuesday afternoon at Charger Field.
The Lions (21-13) committed four errors and managed just four hits, but they were helped by drawing a combined 16 walks in the win. The 16 walks drawn ties a Penn State Altoona team record for the most walks in a game.
"We played very poorly. We were fortunate to come away from today with a win," said Penn State Altoona head coach RJ Barnard. "We will need to play much better tomorrow if we plan to knock off Mount Aloysius."
Chase Clouser (Dublin, OH/Dublin Jerome) had two of Penn State Altoona's four hits, going 2-for-5 with a double while collecting a game-high four runs batted in. George Stiuso (Milford, NJ/Gill St. Bernard's) was 1-for-2 with a home run, two RBI, two runs scored, three walks, and a stolen base.
Austin Anderson (Macungie, PA/Emmaus) had the Lions' other hit. Andrew Culp (Oxford, PA/Oxford) drew a game-high four walks, tying Penn State Altoona's single game record for the most walks drawn by a player.
Hunter Goshorn (Carlisle, PA/Boiling Springs) got the start on the mound and took a no decision. In four innings, he allowed four runs on five hits and five walks while striking out five batters along the way.
Mitchell Carmody (Babylon, NY/Babylon) pitched four innings in relief to pick up the win, improving his season record to 2-0. He allowed one run on three hits and no walks, and he recorded four strikeouts.
Jaryd Palmer (Northumberland, PA/Shikellamy) tossed 1/3 inning and yielded one earned run on four hits. Clayton Hain (Schaefferstown, PA/Eastern Lebanon County) finished the game off and recorded his first collegiate save, tossing 2/3 scoreless inning.
Lancaster Bible (8-16) miscues helped Penn State Altoona nab a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, as Hunter Breon (Boiling Springs, PA/Boiling Springs) scored on a wild pitch and Peter Jacobs (Dix Hills, NY/Half Hollow Hills West) came home on a passed ball.
In the top half of the second, Clouser's two-run double extended the Lions' lead to 4-0.
The Chargers got a run back in the bottom of the second on Josh Saufley's RBI single to right, then narrowed their deficit to 4-2 in the third on Will Welsh's solo home run.
Penn State Altoona added two more runs to its total in the top of the fifth on Stiuso's fifth home run of the season, a two-run shot that put the Lions ahead 6-2.
Lancaster Bible countered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth. Jacob Schenck led off the frame with a home run, and Colin Myers' sacrifice fly to center brought the Chargers back to within two, 6-4.
Penn State Altoona put together a big inning in their half of the sixth, getting six runs across. Anderson's RBI single to left started the scoring in the inning, and one batter later, Stiuso scored on a wild pitch. Hain drew a bases-loaded walk to bring in Culp, and Clouser drove in a pair with his single to center. Catcher Cumming's (Altoona, PA/Altoona) sacrifice fly to center made it 12-4.
Lancaster Bible got a run in the bottom of the seventh on its third long ball of the game, a solo home run by Beau Heagy.
The Chargers made things close in the bottom of the ninth, scoring five runs to whittle Penn State Altoona's lead down to 12-10. An infield error allowed Welsh to score, and a trio of RBI singles from Zach Clemens, Myers, and Saufley made it 12-9. Nate McFarland's fielder's choice groundout made it a two-run game, but the Lions escaped without allowing any further damage to wrap up the win.
Penn State Altoona baseball returns home tomorrow, Wednesday, April 24, for a big twinbill against nearby Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference rival Mount Aloysius College. Game one of the doubleheader is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. at Stewart Athletic Field.