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Lions' Comeback Falls Short in Game One Against Pitt-Bradford

Lions' Comeback Falls Short in Game One Against Pitt-Bradford


ALTOONA, Pa. - After trailing by four runs, Penn State Altoona baseball's comeback attempt in the bottom of the seventh fell short as they lost 8-7 to Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference foe Pitt-Bradford on Saturday afternoon at Stewart Athletic Field.

Tim Norris (Greensburg, PA/Hempfield) put the Lions on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second with his RBI single to right.

Derek Danver (Clearfield, PA/Clearfield) hit a sacrifice fly to left in the third inning, bringing home another run to make the score 2-0.

But Pitt-Bradford scored four in the top of the fourth, capped by Michael Pascarella's two-run double down the right field line that put the Panthers ahead 4-2.

In the bottom half of the inning, Jimmy Baum (Shermans Dale, PA/West Perry) hit a sac fly to center to drive in a run and cut the Lions' deficit to 4-3.

Penn State Altoona tied the game 4-4 in the fifth on Danver's RBI double down the left field line.

But Pitt-Bradford responded with four runs in the sixth. Pascarella's RBI single up the middle made it 5-4, and later in the inning, Derek Smith hit a three-run homer to right field to put his team up 8-4.

The Lions came close to tying the game in the seventh. Cord Heine (Malvern, PA/Mercersburg Academy) singled to center to plate a run before Danver added another RBI double. Nate Bennett (Monroeton, PA/Towanda) added a sac fly to right, cutting Pitt-Bradford's lead to 8-7.

But Penn State Altoona was unable to complete the comeback, dropping the first game of the twinbill.

Photo: Penn State Altoona freshman Derek Danver had two hits and three RBIs in the Lions' game one loss to Pitt-Bradford on Saturday afternoon.

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