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Heine's Walkoff Hit Delivers 7-6 Win Over Yellow Jackets

Heine's Walkoff Hit Delivers 7-6 Win Over Yellow Jackets


ALTOONA, Pa. - Cord Heine (Malvern, PA/Mercersburg Academy) hit a walkoff single to cap a seventh inning rally by Penn State Altoona baseball that earned them a 7-6 win over Waynesburg University in game two at Stewart Athletic Field.

Penn State Altoona starting pitcher Shaun Delozier (Cape Coral, FL/Ida S. Baker) helped slow down Waynesburg's offense after its 13-run output in game one. In five innings, he allowed two earned runs in a no-decision.

The Lions scored first in the bottom of the first inning when Nate Bennett (Monroeton, PA/Towanda) hit an RBI sacrifice fly to center field.

Mike Neckerman's RBI double for Waynesburg in the top of the second inning knotted the score at 1-1.

The Yellow Jackets used some smart baserunning to take a 3-1 lead in the fourth when a pair of runs came home on  Joseph Smith's sacrifice bunt down the first base line.

But the Lions reclaimed the lead in the bottom half of the inning. A throwing error by Waynesburg's pitcher allowed Tim Norris (Greensburg, PA/Hempfield) to score. Later in the inning, Heine drove in two runs with his single to left-center that put Penn State Altoona back on top 4-3.

But Waynesburg came up with a run in the fifth, tying the game at 4-4 on Marc Timmons' RBI sac fly.

In the top of the seventh, Kyle Sasala put Waynesburg ahead with his RBI single up the middle. Smith reached on a fielder's choice to allow another run to score, giving the Yellow Jackets a 6-4 lead.

But the Lions battled back in the bottom of the seventh. Ken Terpack (Rennerdale, PA/Chartiers Valley) and Jeff Huczko (Delmont, PA/Greensburg Salem) opened the inning with back-to-back singles.

Pinch-hitter Matt Schmauder (Ellicott City, MD/Mount Hebron) bunted Terpack and Huczko into scoring position, and a throwing error allowed Schmauder to reach base safely and Terpack to score.

After Jimmy Baum (Shermans Dale, PA/West Perry) was intentionally walked to load the bases, Jordan Swope (State College, PA/State College/Tussey Mountain) tied the game with his RBI sac fly to center.

With two outs, Heine followed by grounding a base hit up the middle to bring home the winning run and help Penn State Altoona triumph in game two.

Photo (by Sam Link): Penn State Altoona senior first baseman Cord Heine had the game-winning RBI in game two against Waynesburg University on Friday.

TAGS: men's baseball