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Lions Swept by Mount Aloysius in AMCC-Opening Doubleheader
4/2/2013 — JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - After a slew of postponements, the Penn State Altoona and Mount Aloysius College baseball teams finally played their first Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference games on Tuesday, facing each other in a conference doubleheader at Point Stadium. The Mounties won game one 4-0 and held off the Lions 6-5 in game two.
Derek Totaro (Lancaster, PA/Hempfield) posted a strong start but was saddled with the loss. Totaro threw a complete game, surrendering four runs over the course of six innings. He struck out four batters and walked just one.
Tim Norris (Greensburg, PA/Hempfield) broke up a perfect game bid by Mount Aloysius starting pitcher Derek Capiak, hitting a triple in the sixth for Penn State Altoona's only hit of game one.
Capiak went seven innings, striking out nine batters and allowing only one baserunner.
The Mounties capitalized on scoring opportunities with two outs, scoring all four of their runs in two-out situations.
In game two, Mount Aloysius went up 1-0 in the bottom of the first on Aaron Kovach's sacrifice fly to left.
But the Lions' bats began to awake in the top of the third inning. Norris led off the inning with a single and later scored on John Szmed's (Delmont, PA/Greensburg-Salem) two-out RBI single to left.
An RBI groundout and passed ball scored a pair of runs for Mount Aloysius in the bottom half of the third to make it 3-1.
Jacob Stumpf executed a sacrifice squeeze play in the fourth to plate a run and give his team a 4-1 lead.
But Penn State Altoona stayed in the game, getting a run back in the fifth when Cody Swope (Robertsdale, PA/Tussey Mountain) doubled off of the left field wall to bring home a run.
Mount Aloysius scored twice more in the bottom half of the inning, getting an RBI single from Kovach and bringing another run across on a Penn State Altoona error.
The Lions kept it close in the sixth. Norris picked up his third hit of the day, an RBI single. Later in the inning, an error allowed Austin Smith (Richeyville, PA/Bethlehem-Center) to score, making it 6-4.
Penn State Altoona threatened a comeback in the top of the seventh. Szmed led off the frame with a base hit up the middle and later came home on a two-out single to right by Brandon Clark (Latrobe, PA/Greater Latrobe), cutting the Mounties' lead to 6-5.
But the home team hung on to record the final out, forcing the Lions to strand the game-tying run at third base.
Photo: Penn State Altoona junior shortstop Cody Swope swings during the fifth inning of game two against Mount Aloysius on Tuesday, doubling off of the left field wall to drive home a run.