Baseball Downed by Behrend in Saturday Doubleheader
ERIE, Pa. – The Penn State Altoona baseball team suffered a pair of losses on Saturday to Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opponent Penn State Behrend in a doubleheader at Behrend Stadium.
Penn State Altoona (9-15, 1-5 AMCC) dropped game one 6-3, then saw Penn State Behrend (15-9, 8-2 AMCC) post a big performance in the plate in game two to win 18-12.
Game One: Penn State Behrend 6, Penn State Altoona 3
With the score tied 3-3 in the fifth, Penn State Behrend plated three runs to pull ahead for good, dealing Penn State Altoona the conference loss.
Jake Hillard (State College, PA/State College) went 2-for-4 with two doubles, two runs batted in, and one run scored. Grayson McClain (Mount Union, PA/Mount Union) was 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored, and Alex Hlivia (State College, PA/State College) was 1-for-3 with a run scored. Richard Carey (Milton, DE/Cape Henlopen), Phaly Moravek (Leesburg, VA/Tuscarora), and Timothy Richard (Douglassville, PA/Daniel Boone) also had a hit apiece for the Lions.
Kyle Glass (Imler, PA/Claysburg-Kimmel) tossed his fifth complete game of the season in the loss, going six innings and yielding six runs while striking out six batters.
Penn State Altoona scored a pair in the top of the first, when Hillard's double down the right field line plated one run and Corey Chamberlain's (Claysburg, PA/Claysburg-Kimmel) sacrifice fly to right brought in another to make it 2-0.
But Behrend answered quickly, tying the game in the bottom of the first on a two-run home run from Zack Bowen.
The teams traded runs again in the third inning. Hillard's two-out RBI double to right-center put Penn State Altoona up 3-2, but Behrend evened the score in the bottom half of the inning when Bowen scored from third on a fielder's choice.
Behrend scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth, taking its first lead of the game and holding it for the rest of the contest. Back-to-back RBI singles into right field by Juston Jones and Mac Ciocco made it 5-3, and Daniel Boehme's RBI base hit to center increased the home team's advantage to 6-3.
Game Two: Penn State Behrend 18, Penn State Altoona 12
The Lions put up 12 runs on 13 hits but were still outdone by Behrend, which totaled 18 runs on 14 hits.
Hillard finished 2-for-6 with three RBI and a run scored, Richard went 2-for-5 with a double, two RBI, and two runs scored, and Anthony Iannizzi (Leesburg, VA/Heritage) was 2-for-5 with a double, two RBI, and a run scored. Carey recorded a pair of RBI.
Tristin Lockett (Mifflin County, PA/Mifflin County) got the start on the bump and took a no decision. Over five innings of work, the right-hander surrendered three earned runs on five hits and four walks while striking out four batters. Sam Homan (Altoona, PA/Bishop Guilfoyle) tossed two innings out of the bullpen and took the loss. Collin Hickey (Downingtown, PA/Downingtown East) pitched one inning in relief.
The teams each scored two runs in the first inning to remain tied by its conclusion. Hillard's RBI single through the left side and Chamberlain's fielder's choice grounder plated runs to put Penn State Altoona up 2-0, but Behrend answered in the bottom of the first with a two-run double to center by Boehme that made it 2-2.
Hlivia's RBI single in the top of the fourth put Penn State Altoona back on top, and Richard's RBI hit to right made it 4-2.
Behrend came back with three runs in the bottom of the fifth to take its first lead of the game. Issac Stouffer drew a bases-loaded walk to narrow the gap to one, and Boehme's run-scoring groundout to first tied the score. Jones scored on a passed ball in the next at-bat to put the home team in front, 5-4.
The Lions nabbed the lead back in the top of the sixth, when Hillard's two-out, two-run single to left gave Penn State Altoona a 6-5 advantage. But Behrend responded quickly again, tying the score in the bottom half of the inning when Chase Palmer came home on a wild pitch.
Penn State Altoona struck with two outs again in the top of the seventh, when a Carey RBI single to right put the visiting squad up 7-6.
Behrend countered with an eight-run bottom of the seventh take a big lead, however. Jones' sac fly tied things up 7-7, and John Berger's RBI hit gave the home team a one-run lead. Hunter Jamison was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, Zac Bogats drove in three runs with a double to right-center, Bowen followed with an RBI triple to right, and Bowen scored on an error to make it 14-7.
Penn State Altoona came back with five runs in the top of the eighth, whittling its deficit down to two runs. McClain scored on a wild pitch and an error allowed Alauzen to score, cutting the Behrend lead to five. One batter later, Iannizzi's double to right scored two runs, and Carey's sac fly made it 14-12.
The scoring continued in the bottom of the eighth, when Jamison's two-run triple to center upped Behrend's lead to four, 16-12. Jamison later scored on an error, and Jones contributed another sac fly to make it 18-12.
Penn State Altoona baseball returns home for its next game, which is a single, nine-inning game against non-conference opponent Lancaster Bible College on Tuesday, April 19. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
*Schedule Change: The Lions' home doubleheader with AMCC opponent Pitt-Greensburg, scheduled for Monday, April 18, has been postponed due to a forecast of significant rain. The games have been rescheduled to later in the week and will now take place on Thursday, April 21, starting at 1:00 p.m.