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Lions Baseball Splits With Harrisburg
3/24/2013 — MIDDLETOWN, Pa. - Penn State Altoona baseball split a non-conference doubleheader with Penn State Harrisburg on Sunday afternoon, winning game one 4-3 and losing game two 4-3.
Derek Totaro (Lancaster, PA/Hempfield) started on the mound for the Lions in the first game and earned the win, pitching six innings and giving up one earned run while striking out four batters.
Matt Gehret (Altoona, PA/Altoona) pitched a scoreless seventh for his second save of the season.
Matt Schmauder (Ellicott City, MD/Mount Hebron) put the Lions on the scoreboard first in the top of the third, hitting a sacrifice fly to score Tim Norris (Greensburg, PA/Hempfield).
A Harrisburg home run tied the game in the bottom half of the inning, then a run-scoring groundout gave the home team a 2-1 lead.
But Penn State Altoona countered with three runs in the sixth. Tyler Auerbeck's (Middletown, PA/Bishop McDevitt) RBI double tied the game 2-2, and Ken Terpack (Rennerdale, PA/Chartiers Valley) clubbed a two-run homer to left field to make it 4-2.
Harrisburg plated a run in the bottom half of the inning, but Penn State Altoona hung on to get the win.
The Lions scored first in game two, getting a run across on an RBI single from Cody Swope (Robertsdale, PA/Tussey Mountain).
But Harrisburg scored two in the second, then added a run in the fourth and fifth innings to go up 4-1.
Penn State Altoona cut into their opponent's lead in the seventh when Terpack blasted another two-run home run to left, his second of the day. But the Lions could not tie the game, dropping the nightcap by one run.
Terpack finished the day by going 5-for-5 at the plate with two home runs, a double, four RBIs, and two runs scored.
Photo: Penn State Altoona senior outfielder Ken Terpack had a big day at the plate on Sunday, hitting two home runs and going 5-for-5.