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Baseball Splits Doubleheader at Pitt-Bradford in Regular Season Finale
4/27/2013 — BRADFORD, Pa. - Penn State Altoona baseball was victorious in game one 7-3 over Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opponent Pitt-Bradford on Saturday at the Kessel Athletic Complex, then lost 7-6 in game two.
The doubleheader marked the end of the regular season for the Lions, who will advance into the AMCC Tournament next weekend. The matchups and schedule will be finalized in the coming days.
Anthony Castelli (Morganville, NJ/Marlboro) earned his third win of the year on the mound, pitching six innings and allowing only two runs while striking out six batters.
The Lions broke a scoreless tie in the top of the third when Ken Terpack (Rennerdale, PA/Chartiers Valley) tripled to center and scored on Cody Swope's (Robertsdale, PA/Tussey Mountain) double. Swope came home on an error later in the inning to make it 2-0.
In the fourth, Terpack's RBI single up the middle gave Penn State Altoona a 3-0 lead.
Terpack struck again in the sixth, hitting a two-run home run to left field to add to the Lions' advantage.
Ethan Showers' two-run single down the right field line got Pitt-Bradford on the board in the bottom half of the sixth.
But Penn State Altoona added two more runs for insurance in the seventh. Jordan Swope (State College, PA/Tussey Mountain) singled through the right side to drive in a run, and Tim Norris (Greensburg, PA/Hempfield) scored after a Pitt-Bradford throwing error.
In game two, the Lions got RBI singles from John Szmed (Delmont, PA/Greensburg-Salem) and Tyler Auerbeck (Middletown, PA/Bishop McDevitt) in the top of the first to jump out to a 2-0 lead.
Szmed's RBI single to center in the third made it 3-0.
Derek Smith's single to right brought in a run for the Panthers in the bottom of the third, and the home team tied the game 3-3 in the fifth on a two-run double from Johnny Phelps.
The Lions jumped back on top in the sixth. Brandt Frye (Greensburg, PA/Hempfield) got a run in from third with his squeeze bunt. Later in the inning, an error allowed two more runs to score, giving Penn State Altoona a 6-3 lead.
But the Panthers put together a four run bottom of the sixth to go up 7-6, and they held on to take game two of the twinbill.
Terpack led the Lions by hitting 3-for-6 with a triple, home run, three RBIs, and three runs scored.