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Lions Swept in AMCC-Opening Doubleheader Versus Mount Aloysius
BOX SCORE (GAME 1)
BOX SCORE (GAME 2)
4/1/2014 — ALTOONA, Pa. - Penn State Altoona baseball started its Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference schedule on Tuesday afternoon at Stewart Athletic Field by suffering a doubleheader sweep at the hands of rival Mount Aloysius College, losing 4-1 and 5-0.
The Lions received solid pitching in both games, but the team's bats were silenced by the Mounties' starters.
In game one, Pat McHenry (Christiana, PA/Octorara) threw five innings and allowed two earned runs while striking out four batters.
But McHenry was bested by Mount Aloysius starter Derrick Capiak, who yielded just one unearned run in a complete game two-hitter with 11 strikeouts.
Bryn Brown's RBI single in the top of the first inning put the Mounties on the board. A Lion error helped the visitors score later in the frame to make it 2-0.
Another Penn State Altoona error in the fifth allowed Mount Aloysius to increase its lead to 3-0.
A few Mountie miscues helped the Lions get on the board in the bottom of the fifth. McHenry reached base to lead off the inning when he was hit by a pitch. After a Jeff Deveney (Mechanicsburg, PA/Mechanicsburg) single broke up Capiak's no-hit bid, McHenry scored on a throwing error to make it 3-1.
But Jesse Bortner's RBI single in the seventh added an insurance run to Mount Aloysius' total, and his team pulled off the win in game one.
In game two, it was more of the same for Penn State Altoona.
Mike Marley (Middletown, NJ/Red Bank Catholic) posted a solid start on the mound, pitching six innings and giving up three earned runs.
But Marley's mound opponent, Ben Legath, tossed a two-hit shutout of Penn State Altoona, striking out six and walking two.
Josh Mattocks (Troy, PA/Troy) had both of the Lions' hits off of Legath, going 2-for-3 in the game.
After two scoreless innings, Mount Aloysius plated three runs in the top of the third. Connor Bowie's sacrifice fly to center brought his team's first run in, and Ian Helsel later stole home as part of a double steal to make it 2-0. Cory Dick's RBI single to left put the Mounties up 3-0.
Dick's RBI double to left in the fifth upped his team's advantage to 4-0, and Mount Aloysius added a run in the seventh when Helsel came home on a wild pitch.
Penn State Altoona baseball drops to 5-14 overall and 0-2 in the AMCC. Next, the team hosts non-conference Frostburg State University this Friday, April 4 for a single, nine-inning game at 3:00 PM.
In other scheduling news, the Lions' AMCC doubleheader against D'Youville College this Sunday, April 6 at 1:00 PM -- which was originally to take place in Buffalo, N.Y. -- has been moved to Stewart Athletic Field. D'Youville will be the designated home team for both games despite the venue change.
Photo (by Anna Kepner): Penn State Altoona first baseman Jeff Deveney stretches to record an out on Mount Aloysius shortstop Brock Gladfelter during game one of the teams' doubleheader at Stewart Athletic Field on Tuesday.