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Baseball Drops Game One, Bounces Back in Game Two Versus Mounties

Baseball Drops Game One, Bounces Back in Game Two Versus Mounties

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – Penn State Altoona baseball split a lopsided doubleheader with Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opponent Mount Aloysius College on Wednesday afternoon at Sargent's Stadium at the Point.

In game one, Mount Aloysius (17-10, 5-3 AMCC) quieted the Lion bats in a 6-1 win for the Mounties, but Penn State Altoona (10-16, 2-6 AMCC) came alive in game two to prevail 15-9.

Game One: Mount Aloysius 6, Penn State Altoona 1

Mount Aloysius grabbed an early four-run lead and held Penn State Altoona to just one run on four hits to finish game one with a comfortable win.

Alex Kitko (Houtzdale, PA/Moshannon Valley) tossed his first career complete game in the loss. The right-hander went six innings and yielded only three earned runs, scattering seven hits and allowing no walks while registering four strikeouts.

Richard Carey (Milton, DE/Cape Henlopen) had two of Penn State Altoona's four hits, going 2-for-2 with a triple, a run scored, and a walk. Corey Chamberlain (Claysburg, PA/Claysburg-Kimmel) and Brendan Kuhns (Altoona, PA/Altoona) were each 1-for-3 for the Lions, and Jake Hillard (State College, PA/State College) had his team's lone run batted in.

Mount Aloysius scored four runs in the bottom of the second to establish an early advantage on the scoreboard. After back-to-back one-out singles, Jackson Kozlovac singled through the left side to plate the game's first run. The next batter, Josh Robinson, singled on a bunt, and a throwing error on the play allowed two more Mountie runs to cross home. Trap Wentling's RBI sacrifice bunt scored Robinson on the next play, making it 4-0.

The Mounties increased their lead to 6-0 in the bottom of the fifth, when Aidan Bell hit an RBI single to right and Jeremy Iellimo scored on a wild pitch.

Penn State Altoona picked up its only run of the game in the top of the sixth, when Carey led off with a triple to right and scored on Hillard's groundout to shortstop.

Game Two: Penn State Altoona 15, Mount Aloysius 9

The Lions led 8-2 after four innings, but Mount Aloysius rallied for a six-run bottom of the fifth to knot the score 8-8. However, Penn State Altoona pulled together to score seven runs the rest of the way to get back into the lead and salvage a win in game two.

Hillard, Alex Hlivia (State College, PA/State College), and Anthony Iannizzi (Leesburg, VA/Heritage) each had a three-hit game, combining to account for half of Penn State Altoona's 18 hits. Hillard was 3-for-6 with three RBI and two runs scored, Hlivia went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored, and Iannizzi went 3-for-4 with a run scored and a walk.

Meanwhile, Carey, Chamberlain, Garrett Alauzen (Pittsburgh, PA/Chartiers Valley), and Timothy Richard (Douglassville, PA/Daniel Boone) also had multi-hit games for the Lions. Carey was 2-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored, and Chamberlain went 2-for-5 with a double, a home run, four RBI, and two runs scored. Alauzen hit 2-for-6 with a double, three runs scored, and one RBI, and Richard was 2-for-4 with two RBI.

Eli Wiles (Kittanning, PA/Armstrong) got the start at pitcher and finished with a no decision, pitching four innings and allowing four runs on three hits and six walks while striking out five batters. Adam Wildasin (Hershey, PA/Hershey) pitched 1/3 inning in relief.

Cole Brechbill (Hagerstown, MD/North Hagerstown) tossed the final 4 2/3 innings out of the bullpen and recorded his first collegiate win on the mound. The righty held Mount Aloysius to one run on two hits and a walk, and he struck out three batters.

Penn State Altoona scored the game's first runs in the top of the first, when Hillard's run-scoring groundout to second and Richard's RBI single to third gave the visitors a 2-0 advantage. The Lions made it 3-0 in the second, when a Hlivia RBI single up the middle gave his team a three-run lead.

Mount Aloysius got a run back in the bottom of the third on a Troy Emert RBI single, but Penn State Altoona upped its lead to 8-1 with a five-run top of the fourth. Hlivia contributed another RBI single into center, and Carey's two-run base hit up the middle made it 6-1. Alauzen and Hillard each added RBI singles to boost the Lions' lead to seven.

The Mounties decreased Penn State Altoona's lead to six in the bottom half of the fourth, when Wentling drew a two-out walk and later scored on a stolen base.

Mount Aloysius proceeded to put together a big inning in the bottom of the fifth, getting six runs across to tie the score at 8-8. Joshua Brown and Ryan Bushey hit back-to-back RBI singles, and a throwing error on a bunt single later in the frame allowed three runs to cross home plate. Tyler Suder's RBI single up the middle evened the score at eight runs apiece.

Penn State Altoona responded quickly to retake the lead, however. Hillard's RBI single into left field put the Lions back on top, and Richard's sacrifice fly to center plated Alauzen from third base. Hillard scored on a passed ball in the next at-bat to set Penn State Altoona's lead at 11-8.

The Mounties closed the gap to 11-9 in the bottom of the seventh, as Bushey came home from third on Suder's RBI fielder's choice grounder.

But the Lions padded their lead in a big way in the top of the eighth. Penn State Altoona loaded the bases with one out, after Alauzen and Logan Margroum (Hollidaysburg, PA/Hollidaysburg) each reached on throwing errors and Hillard singled through the right side. Chamberlain followed with a home run to left, his second grand slam of the season, to make it 15-9.

Chamberlain's long ball capped the scoring for the game, and Penn State Altoona snapped its four-game skid by icing a six-run victory over their nearby conference rival.

The Lions' next scheduled games are at home tomorrow, Thursday, April 21, when Penn State Altoona is set to host AMCC opponent Pitt-Greensburg at Stewart Athletic Field for a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m.

The games will be Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day for the Penn State Altoona baseball team, which will be lacing up in yellow shoelaces to promote Go4TheGoal, an organization that aims to help childhood cancer patients and their families.