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Baseball Splits With Pitt-Greensburg in Monday Doubleheader
4/8/2013 — ALTOONA, Pa. - Penn State Altoona baseball split with Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opponent Pitt-Greensburg on Monday afternoon at Stewart Athletic Field, coming back to win 12-10 in game one and losing 9-7 in game two.
Pitt-Greensburg built an 8-0 lead after two and a half innings in game one, but the Lions rallied for nine runs in the bottom of the third to take a lead.
Tim Norris (Greensburg, PA/Hempfield) hit an RBI single to center to put Penn State Altoona on the scoreboard. Two more runs advanced home on a Pitt-Greensburg error, and after a walk loaded the bases, Ken Terpack (Rennerdale, PA/Chartiers Valley) blasted a grand slam to left-center field to make it 8-7. The homer was Terpack's first grand slam in his four-year career with Penn State Altoona.
Another Bobcat error allowed two more runs to come home, giving the Lions a 9-8 lead.
Terpack added another run to his team's lead in the fourth with an RBI triple to deep center.
Matt Schmauder (Ellicott City, MD/Mount Hebron) singled up the middle to drive home a run in the fifth, making it 11-8.
After Pitt-Greensburg got two runs in the top of the sixth, Brandon Clark (Latrobe, PA/Greater Latrobe) gave Penn State Altoona an insurance run with his RBI base hit to center.
Travis Shaffer (York, PA/Central York) pitched two innings in relief to pick up his second win of the season, and Matt Gehret (Altoona, PA/Altoona) threw the final two innings to lock up his third save of the year.
Down 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning in game two, Tyler Auerbeck (Middletown, PA/Bishop McDevitt) tied the game for Penn State Altoona with his RBI double to center.
Mike Pearson gave Pitt-Greensburg a 4-1 lead in the top of the third with his three-run home run to right field.
But the Lions again bounced back, plating five runs in the fourth to go ahead on the scoreboard.
Schmauder's double down the left field line opened the scoring in the fourth, and John Szmed (Delmont, PA/Greensburg-Salem) singled through the left side to bring home a pair of baserunners. Cody Swope (Robertsdale, PA/Tussey Mountain) doubled in another run, and Terpack's base hit drew in the Lions' sixth run of the inning.
But the Bobcats came up with three runs in the sixth and added two more in the seventh, en route to a 9-7 win in the nightcap.
Terpack continued his hot streak at the plate for Penn State Altoona, finishing the day 6-for-7 with a double, triple, and grand slam to go along with six RBIs and three runs scored.
Clark hit 6-for-8 on the day with two runs scored and an RBI for the Lions.
Photo (by Durant Harvin): Penn State Altoona freshman catcher John Szmed fist bumps with teammate Chris Keeler at first base after reaching on a single in game two of Monday's doubleheader against Pitt-Greensburg at Stewart Athletic Field.