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Lions Downed 13-9 by Juniata in Nine-Inning Contest

Lions Downed 13-9 by Juniata in Nine-Inning Contest


HUNTINGDON, Pa. - Penn State Altoona baseball lost 13-9 to Juniata College in a single, nine-inning non-conference matchup at Langdon-Goodale Field.

The Lions scored in the top of the first inning on Alex DiGiacomo's (Oxford, PA/Oxford) RBI sacrifice fly to left field.

But Juniata scored four in the bottom half of the inning to take the lead.

Tim Norris' (Greensburg, PA/Hempfield) RBI single down the right field line cut his team's deficit to 4-2 in the second.

But the Eagles countered in the bottom of the inning again. Chase Dykstra scored on an error, and Brad Medellin's RBI double made it 6-2.

Down 7-2 after three, the Lions plated four in the fourth. Norris scored on a wild pitch, and one batter later, Derek Danver (Clearfield, PA/Clearfield) singled through the right side to score another run. Collin Muthler (State College, PA/State College) doubled to left to drive in a run, and Ken Terpack's (Rennerdale, PA/Chartiers Valley) fielder's choice got a run across to make it 7-6.

Cole Walters' RBI single in the bottom of the fourth that made it 8-6 gave Juniata little breathing room.

But the Lions scratched across three runs in the seventh to take the lead. Jimmy Baum (Shermans Dale, PA/West Perry) brought home a run with his sac fly to center before Norris scored on a mishandled ball in the Juniata outfield. Cord Heine's (Malvern, PA/Mercersburg Academy) RBI single through the right side gave Penn State Altoona a 9-8 lead.

However, the Eagles took back the lead in the bottom of the seventh by scoring a pair of runs, then added three more insurance runs in the eighth. They held the Lions scoreless over the final two innings.

Photo: Penn State Altoona freshman outfielder Tim Norris went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored on Thursday against Juniata College.

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