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Strong Pitching Highlights Lions' 6-3 Win Over Beloit
3/8/2013 — WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - Penn State Altoona baseball triumphed 6-3 over Beloit College in a nine inning game on Friday at Chain of Lakes Park Stadium.
The Lions received a strong start on the mound from Anthony Castelli (Morganville, NJ/Marlboro), then got a solid relief appearance from Chris Keeler (Oxford, PA/Oxford) to seal the win.
Castelli went six innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits and one walk to notch his first victory of the year. He also struck out five batters.
Keeler pitched the final three innings to pick up the save. He struck out six batters and yielded one run while scattering six hits and walking two.
John Szmed (Delmont, PA/Greensburg-Salem) went 2-for-4 with a double for Penn State Altoona, driving in a pair of runs.
Tim Norris (Greensburg, PA/Hempfield) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base.
Szmed's two-out RBI single in the bottom of the first put the Lions on the scoreboard.
Ethan Blumenthal helped Beloit jump ahead 2-1 in the top of the third. His RBI double tied the game, and he later scored on an error.
Penn State Altoona tied the game in the bottom half of the inning with Norris singled, advanced to third on an error, and scored on a groundout.
The Lions broke the tie in the sixth when Jordan Swope (State College, PA/Tussey Mountain) stole home plate as part of a double steal. Austin Smith (Richeyville, PA/Bethlehem-Center) followed with an RBI single to make it 4-2.
Beloit got a run back in the seventh on Andrew Edwards' RBI base hit.
But the Lions answered with two more runs in the bottom of the inning. Ken Terpack (Rennerdale, PA/Chartiers Valley) scored on an error, and Szmed drove in a run with a double to give his team a 6-3 advantage.
Photo: Penn State Altoona senior pitcher Anthony Castelli went six innings and gave up just one earned run on Friday, earning the win.