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Lions Grind Out 7-4 Win Versus Juniata in Game One

Lions Grind Out 7-4 Win Versus Juniata in Game One


ALTOONA, Pa. - Strong relief pitching and a workmanlike performance at the plate helped Penn State Altoona pull past Juniata College 7-4 in the first game of Tuesday afternoon's doubleheader at Stewart Athletic Field.

Down 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning, Jordan Swope (State College, PA/State College/Tussey Mountain) singled to right to tie the game. One batter later, Levi Rentzel (York, PA/Central York) made it 2-1 on his sacrifice fly.

But Chase Dykstra's two-run home run to left field in the top of the second put Juniata on top 3-2.

Jimmy Baum (Shermans Dale, PA/West Perry) evened the score at 3-3 in the bottom half of the inning with his RBI single to left.

But the Eagles answered with Russell Gray's RBI single in the fourth that gave them a 4-3 lead.

In the fifth, Penn State Altoona was able to tie the game 4-4 on Rentzel's RBI single through the left side.

The Lions tacked on three insurance runs in the sixth, thanks to Swope's RBI single, Tim Norris (Greensburg, PA/Hempfield) scoring on a wild pitch, and Cord Heine's (Malvern, PA/Mercersburg Academy) sac fly.

Penn State Altoona's bullpen shut Juniata's offense down after the first three innings, as Chris Keeler (Oxford, PA/Oxford), Josh Clark (Millersburg, PA/Millersburg), and Matt Gehret (Altoona, PA/Altoona) combined to pitch four scoreless innings and allow just two hits and three walks.

Clark picked up the win, his first of the year, while Gehret earned his second save.

Photo (by Sam Link): Penn State Altoona senior center fielder Jimmy Baum was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in game one of Tuesday's doubleheader with Juniata College.

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