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Lions Baseball Splits Doubleheader at Hilbert
4/21/2013 — HAMBURG, N.Y. - Penn State Altoona baseball split an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference doubleheader with Hilbert College on Sunday afternoon, winning 7-5 in game one before suffering a 7-6 walkoff loss in extra innings in game two.
In game one, the Lions were led by an effective performance on the hill from Chris Keeler (Oxford, PA/Oxford). In six innings, he surrendered four runs on nine hits and no walks while striking out five to clinch the win.
Matt Gehret (Altoona, PA/Altoona) pitched the seventh inning to get his fifth save of the year, setting a new Penn State Altoona baseball single season record.
Ken Terpack (Rennerdale, PA/Chartiers Valley) got Penn State Altoona on the board in the top of the first inning when he brought in a run with his sacrifice fly to center field.
Jordan Swope's (State College, PA/Tussey Mountain) RBI single and Matt Schmauder's (Ellicott City, MD/Mount Hebron) sac fly put the Lions up 3-0 in the second.
After Hilbert narrowed Penn State Altoona's lead to 3-2 in the third, the Lions added to their lead in the fourth on Terpack's RBI base hit that preceded Schmauder scoring from third on a passed ball.
The Hawks drew to within 5-4, scoring a run in the fourth and fifth innings.
But the Lions added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh on Swope's bases loaded walk and Schmauder's sac fly.
In game two, the Lions took an early 2-0 lead. Terpack's RBI double in the top of the first made it 1-0, and he later scored on a fielder's choice.
But Hilbert scored a run in the fourth and three more in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead.
A four run sixth helped the Lions jump ahead on the scoreboard. Cody Swope (Robertsdale, PA/Tussey Mountain) singled through the left side to drive in his team's first run of the inning, and Brandon Clark (Latrobe, PA/Greater Latrobe) tied the game 4-4 with his RBI single up the middle. Later in the inning, Tim Norris (Greensburg, PA/Hempfield) put the Lions up with his sac fly and Jordan Swope doubled in a run to make it 6-4.
But the Hawks forced extras when they scored a run in the sixth, then tied the game 7-7 in the seventh. In the bottom of the eighth, the home team got a walkoff RBI single up the middle to deliver the win.
Jordan Swope led the Lions with a 5-for-9 performance at the plate, scoring two runs and hitting two doubles while collecting three RBIs.
Photo: Lions sophomore second baseman Jordan Swope went 5-for-9 with two doubles, two runs, and three RBIs on Sunday at Hilbert College.