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Lions Fall 2-1 to RPI in Extra Inning Florida Finale

Lions Fall 2-1 to RPI in Extra Inning Florida Finale

3/9/2013 — WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - Penn State Altoona baseball lost 2-1 in an 11 inning game with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Saturday at Chain of Lakes Park. The contest was the Lions' final game of the year in Florida, as the team will now return to Pennsylvania.

Penn State Altoona and RPI battled in a game highlighted by strong pitching.

Derek Totaro (Lancaster, PA/Hempfield) posted his second consecutive strong start on the mound for the Lions, going eight innings and surrendering one run on six hits and no walks. He struck out seven batters and took a no-decision.

Meanwhile, the Lions' bats were limited to just three hits by RPI. The Engineers' starter, Sean Conroy, pitched eight innings and gave up one run on three hits to go along with six strikeouts.

Johnny Rio's RBI single in the third broke a scoreless tie in favor of RPI.

Tim Norris (Greensburg, PA/Hempfield) tied the game with his sacrifice fly to center field in the eighth inning.

But Rio picked up his second RBI of the game in the 11th inning, hitting a run-scoring base hit to provide the game-winning run for RPI.

The game marks the third time in 12 contests this year that Penn State Altoona has suffered walkoff loss.

The Lions posted a 4-6 record in the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational and return to Altoona with a 4-8 overall mark.

Photo: Penn State Altoona freshman pitcher Derek Totaro went eight innings and struck out seven batters in a no-decision on Saturday.

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