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Baseball Splits Non-Conference Doubleheader at Juniata
4/17/2013 — HUNTINGDON, Pa. - Penn State Altoona split a doubleheader with non-conference regional rival Juniata College on Wednesday afternoon at Langdon-Goodale Field, claiming a 7-3 victory in game one and falling 5-4 in extra innings in the second game.
Down 2-0 after the first inning of game one, Penn State Altoona plated five runs in the top of the second inning. A trio of bases loaded walks drawn by Brandon Clark (Latrobe, PA/Greater Latrobe), Austin Smith (Richeyville, PA/Bethlehem-Center), and Tim Norris (Greensburg, PA/Hempfield) led to the first three runs of the inning for the Lions. Later in the frame, Jordan Swope (State College, PA/Tussey Mountain) drove in a run with his single through the right side and Matt Schmauder (Ellicott City, MD/Mount Hebron) added an RBI sacrifice fly to center to make it 5-2.
Schmauder picked up another RBI on a sacrifice hit in the fourth to increase his team's lead to 6-2.
Benjamin Mersky's sac fly for Juniata led to a run in the sixth to cut the Lions' lead to 6-3.
Penn State Altoona added another run in the seventh on Clark's RBI groundout.
Elliot Clemens (McVeytown, PA/Mount Union) picked up his first collegiate win, pitching a complete game for the Lions. In seven innings, he allowed three earned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three.
Penn State Altoona appeared to be on its way to its third doubleheader sweep of the season, holding a 4-0 lead after four and a half innings.
Norris' sac fly gave the Lions their first run in the top of the second inning.
A Juniata wild pitch allowed another Penn State Altoona run to score in the third, and Tyler Auerbeck's (Middletown, PA/Bishop McDevitt) RBI single through the left side made it 3-0 later in the frame.
John Szmed (Delmont, PA/Greensburg-Salem) brought home a run with his single to shortstop in the fourth to make it 4-0.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Eagles got onto the scoreboard thanks to a Penn State Altoona error and Mersky's two-run single to center.
Another Lions error allowed Juniata to tie the game 4-4 in the sixth.
Mersky came up with the big hit for his team in the bottom of the ninth, knocking in the winning run on his single to center.
Photo: Penn State Altoona freshman pitcher Elliot Clemens recorded his first collegiate win on the mound in game one against Juniata College today.