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Lions Hit Four Home Runs in Split With Pitt-Greensburg

Lions Hit Four Home Runs in Split With Pitt-Greensburg


GREENSBURG, Pa. - Penn State Altoona baseball split a doubleheader with Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opponent Pitt-Greensburg on Monday afternoon at Bobcat Park, losing game one 8-7 and winning game two 13-4.

The doubleheader featured the long ball, as the two teams combined to hit eight home runs in the two games.

Pitt-Greensburg won the first game of the doubleheader with a walkoff home run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

The Bobcats built a 3-0 lead after the first two innings, helped by back-to-back solo home runs by Gio Schiano and Dave Coradi to start the bottom of the second inning.

But Penn State Altoona got two runs back in the top of the third with one swing of the bat when Jimmy Baum (Shermans Dale, PA/West Perry) homered.

The Lions tied the game in the fourth on Matt Schmauder's (Ellicott City, MD/Mount Hebron) RBI single.

Pitt-Greensburg took a 5-3 lead in the fifth when Garrett Herald doubled in two runs.

But Penn State Altoona struck back by scoring four runs in the sixth to reclaim the lead.

Baum's RBI single got the scoring started in the inning before Jordan Swope (State College, PA/State College/Tussey Mountain) drew a bases loaded walk to bring home another run.

Derek Danver (Clearfield, PA/Clearfield) and Levi Rentzel (York, PA/Central York) added RBI singles later in the inning to give the Lions a 7-5 lead.

But Pitt-Greensburg mustered some two out magic in the bottom of the seventh, getting a walk and a double before Schiano went deep for the second time in the game, erasing the Bobcats' deficit and handing his team a walkoff win with a three-run home run.

In game two, starter Matt Aungst (Claysburg, PA/Claysburg-Kimmel) was able to stifle Pitt-Greensburg's offense and let his team's bats go to work. Aungst picked up the win, pitching a complete game.

Cord Heine (Malvern, PA/Mercersburg) put three on the scoreboard in the top of the first with his three-run shot.

Danver's sacrifice fly in the fourth increased Penn State Altoona's lead to 4-0.

Swope added a two-run single in the fifth to make it a 6-0 game.

In the sixth, Tim Norris (Greensburg, PA/Hempfield) hit a grand slam -- his first career home run -- to give the Lions a commanding 10-0 lead.

Baum followed with a home run, his second of the day.

Pitt-Greensburg got all four of its runs in the bottom half of the sixth. Dan Moyer led off the frame with a home run. Later in the inning, Zach Mikolics added a two-run single and Mike Pearson contributed an RBI hit to make it 11-4.

But Schmauder's two-run double in the seventh gave the Lions plenty of breathing room and helped them ice a victory in game two.

Photo: Penn State Altoona senior outfielder Jimmy Baum hit two home runs and collected four hits and four RBIs on Monday against Pitt-Greensburg.

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