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Baseball Battles Back to Defeat Juniata 13-12 in Game Two

Baseball Battles Back to Defeat Juniata 13-12 in Game Two


ALTOONA, Pa. - Penn State Altoona baseball rallied from a seven-run deficit to defeat non-conference opponent Juniata College 13-12 on Tuesday afternoon in game two of the teams' doubleheader at Stewart Athletic Field.

Juniata erupted for seven runs on six hits in the top of the first to dig the Lions an early hole.

RBI singles from Jordan Swope (State College, PA/State College/Tussey Mountain) and Collin Muthler (State College, PA/State College) got Penn State Altoona on the board in the bottom of the first.

Swope's two-run double to center field in the second inning cut Juniata's lead to 7-4.

Benjamin Merskey struck back with a two RBI single in the third to extend the Eagles' lead to 9-4.

But the Lions kept working at the plate and made it a one run game in the third. Kaleb Route (Canton, PA/Canton) drove in two runs with his double to center. Jimmy Baum (Shermans Dale, PA/West Perry) an RBI infield single to shortstop, and Cord Heine (Malvern, PA/Mercersburg Academy) drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 9-8.

Penn State Altoona's bats kept coming up with hits, as the team plated five in the fifth. Swope collected two more RBIs with his single to right, and Heine's double scored another run. Heine later scored on an error, and Tyler Auerbeck (Middletown, PA/Bishop McDevitt) singled home the Lions' fifth run of the inning to put his team up 13-9.

Juniata countered with three runs in the sixth to cut the home team's advantage to 13-12, but Penn State Altoona hung on to get the victory.

Brandon Auman (State College, PA/State College) pitched a scoreless 1 1/3 innings of relief to close out the game and pick up the save.

Photo (by Sam Link): Penn State Altoona freshman third baseman Jordan Swope was 3-for-4 with five RBIs and two runs scored in game two of the team's doubleheader with Juniata College on Tuesday.

TAGS: men's baseball