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Lions Baseball Swept in Home Opener by Penn State Behrend

Lions Baseball Swept in Home Opener by Penn State Behrend

4/6/2013 — ALTOONA, Pa. - Penn State Altoona baseball opened its home schedule with an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference doubleheader on Saturday at Stewart Athletic Field, facing rival Penn State Behrend. But the visitors won 5-1 and 10-3 to clinch the doubleheader sweep.

In game one, Anthony Castelli (Morganville, NJ/Marlboro) had an effective outing on the mound, pitching a complete game and surrendering just two earned runs.

However, the Lions' offense was stifled, as Penn State Behrend's pitching allowed just five baserunners through the game.

Behrend posted two runs in the top of the second inning to open the scoring, but Penn State Altoona got a run back in the bottom half of the inning when Ken Terpack (Rennerdale, PA/Chartiers Valley) doubled down the left field line and later scored on an error.

The visitors scored twice more in the third, including a solo home run to right-center by Matt Bittner that made it 4-1.

Penn State Behrend added a run in the sixth on an RBI single to third base by Alex Margraf.

In the nightcap, Penn State Altoona scored first when Cody Swope (Robertsdale, PA/Tussey Mountain) led off the bottom of the second with a base hit to right field and came around to score on a passed ball.

But Behrend tied the game in the next frame, scoring a run on Bittner's fielder's choice grounder.

Behrend proceeded to plate six runs in the fifth, helped by a pair of Lion errors, to take a 7-1 advantage on the scoreboard. They went on to score two more runs in the seventh to make it 9-1.

Swope's two-run single to center plated a pair of runs for Penn State Altoona in the bottom of the seventh, but it proved to be too late for a comeback.

Photo: Senior starting pitcher Anthony Castelli throws during the first inning of game one of Saturday's doubleheader against Penn State Behrend at Stewart Athletic Field.

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