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Lions Swept in High-Scoring Doubleheader With La Roche
BOX SCORE (GAME 1)
BOX SCORE (GAME 2)
4/9/2014 — ALTOONA, Pa. - Penn State Altoona baseball lost a pair of games to Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opponent La Roche College on Wednesday afternoon, falling 23-12 and 24-4 to the Redhawks at Stewart Athletic Field.
Jordan Swope (State College, PA/Tussey Mountain) was 4-for-5 in game one with a double, a triple, two runs scored, and two runs batted in.
Logan Madill (Midland, MI/Midland) hit his league-leading sixth and seventh home runs for the Lions, going 3-for-4 with two homers, three runs scored, and five RBI.
After four innings, Penn State Altoona had built a 9-1 lead over La Roche, which entered the day with an AMCC-best five conference wins.
The Lions plated the first runs of the game in the bottom of the second inning. John Szmed's (Delmont, PA/Greensburg-Salem) RBI single opened the scoring, Nate Bennett (Monroeton, PA/Towanda) added a sacrifice fly, and Swope drove in a run with his two-bagger to center.
After the Redhawks got a run back in the top of the third, Penn State Altoona scored two in the bottom half of the inning on one swing of the bat, as Madill's blast to left-center increased the Lions' lead to 5-1.
In the fourth, after Bennett scored on an error, Madill went yard again, hitting a three-run homer to left to give Penn State Altoona a 9-1 advantage.
But La Roche's bats awoke, and the Redhawks exploded for a 10-run top of the fifth inning -- helped by Colin Williamson's three-run homer and Colin Fiekles' inside-the-park grand slam -- to sail ahead 11-9.
The Lions fought back to tie the game 11-11 in the bottom half of the inning, as Swope brought home a run with his single to the first baseman and Dan Bier (Lafayette Hill, PA/Archbishop Carroll) scored on an error.
But La Roche's offense continued to run on all cylinders, as the Redhawks scored five runs in the sixth and seven runs in the seventh to ice a win.
In game two, it was more of the same from the visitors, as La Roche pounded out 24 hits to score 24 runs.
Madill finished game two with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate. Both of his hits were doubles, and he scored one run to go along with one RBI.
Pat McHenry (Christiana, PA/Octorara) was 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI.
Bier batted 2-for-2 with a walk and an RBI.
Penn State Altoona again drew first blood in game two, getting a pair of runs across on McHenry's single to right field.
But La Roche posted another big inning in the top of the third, scoring nine runs to take the lead. The Redhawks went on to outscore the Lions 15-2 over the final four innings, sealing the doubleheader sweep.
Penn State Altoona baseball drops to 5-18 overall and 0-6 in the AMCC with their losses on Wednesday. The Lions return for a nine-inning home game tomorrow, Thursday, April 10, against non-conference opponent Frostburg State University at 3:00 PM.
Photo: Penn State Altoona junior centerfielder Jordan Swope hits a line drive during game two of the Lions' doubleheader against La Roche College at Stewart Athletic Field on Wednesday.