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Baseball Sweeps D'Youville 5-0, 12-1 for First AMCC Wins; Piotti Earns 300th Win

Baseball Sweeps D'Youville 5-0, 12-1 for First AMCC Wins; Piotti Earns 300th Win

4/7/2013 — ALTOONA, Pa. - The Penn State Altoona baseball team swept Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference foe D'Youville College 5-0 and 12-1 on Sunday afternoon at Stewart Athletic Field, earning their first conference wins of the season.

The second win of the day marked the 300th career victory for Lions head coach Joe Piotti, who is in his 17th year at the helm of the baseball program. Piotti currently holds a 300-317 overall record.

The Lions were led by strong outings from their starting pitchers.

In game one, Derek Totaro (Lancaster, PA/Hempfield) threw a complete game, two-hit shutout for his third victory of the season. In seven innings, he struck out seven Spartan batters.

Cody Swope's (Robertsdale, PA/Tussey Mountain) RBI single to right in the bottom of the first inning put the home team on the scoreboard. Later in the frame, Matt Schmauder (Ellicott City, MD/Mount Hebron) scored on an error to make it 2-0.

Schmauder hit into a fielder's choice in the second to bring home another run, upping his team's lead to 3-0.

Tyler Auerbeck (Middletown, PA/Bishop McDevitt) plated a run with his double to right-center, followed by Brandon Clark's (Latrobe, PA/Greater Latrobe) RBI sacrifice fly that put Penn State Altoona ahead 5-0.

Nate Tessitore (Harrisburg, PA/Central Dauphin) started at pitcher in game two of the doubleheader and picked up his first collegiate win. Tessitore pitched five innings and yielded just one unearned run on five hits and two walks.

D'Youville scored its first run of the day in the top of the first when Matt Wendling scored on a Lion error.

But Penn State Altoona responded by getting four runs across in the bottom of the first. John Szmed's (Delmont, PA/Greensburg-Salem) RBI double to left-center tied the game 1-1 before Ken Terpack (Rennerdale, PA/Chartiers Valley) singled down the left field line to make it 2-1. Auerbeck added an RBI single to center, and Terpack came home on a fielder's choice to give the Lions a 4-1 lead.

In the second, Swope collected an RBI on his base hit, ahead of Terpack's run-scoring triple that increased Penn State Altoona's advantage to 6-1.

Szmed's single through the left side in the fourth tacked another run on to his team's lead, increasing it to 7-1.

In the fifth, Penn State Altoona made it 9-1 when Tim Norris (Greensburg, PA/Hempfield) hit a sacrifice fly to right field and Jordan Swope (State College, PA/Tussey Mountain) brought in a run with a single to center.

Szmed led off the sixth with a home run to left-center, his first in his collegiate career. Austin Smith (Richeyville, PA/Bethlehem-Center) added a two-run single to left later in the inning to give the Lions a 12-1 lead.

Terpack finished the day 5-for-7 at the plate with a double, triple, two RBIs, and three runs scored for Penn State Altoona, while Jordan Swope went 6-for-9 with a double, an RBI, and three runs scored.

Smith and Szmed tied for the team lead in RBIs in the doubleheader, with each player finishing with three.

Photo: Penn State Altoona sophomore shortstop Austin Smith throws on to first base during game two of Sunday's doubleheader with D'Youville at Stewart Athletic Field.

TAGS: men's baseball