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Baseball Loses 4-3 and 11-5 to WPI
3/6/2013 — AUBURNDALE, Fla. - Penn State Altoona baseball was swept by Worcester Polytechnic Institute in a doubleheader on Wednesday at Lake Myrtle Park.
WPI overcame a seventh inning deficit in the first game of the day to win in walkoff fashion, then beat the Lions 11-5 in game two.
Elliot Clemens (McVeytown, PA/Mount Union) started at pitcher for Penn State Altoona and threw well in a no-decision. Clemens went six innings, allowing three hits, one run, and one walk.
John Szmed (Delmont, PA/Greensburg-Salem) went 4-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs for the Lions, while Tim Norris (Greensburg, PA/Hempfield) and Jordan Swope (State College, PA/Tussey Mountain) had two hits each.
The Engineers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning after John McGonagle led off with a triple and scored on a fielder's choice.
Szmed's RBI double in the top of the fifth tied the game 1-1.
The Lions took a lead in the seventh on RBI singles by Cody Swope (Robertsdale, PA/Tussey Mountain) and Szmed.
But WPI countered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning, scoring the game-winner on a wild pitch.
In game two, Jordan Swope hit 3-for-3 with two RBIs, a double, and walk. Cody Swope was 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored.
Norris and Matt Schmauder (Ellicott City, MD/Mount Hebron) contributed two-hit performances.
Down 2-0 in the bottom of the first, Penn State Altoona received RBI hits by Cody and Jordan Swope, as well as a run-scoring sacrifice fly to center by Matt Roland (Springfield, NJ/Jonathan Dayton), to go up 3-2.
The Lions tacked two more runs on to their lead in the second, but the Engineers plated nine unanswered runs over the next four innings to come from behind and win.
Photo: Penn State Altoona freshman catcher John Szmed was 4-for-4 in game one against WPI on Wednesday.