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Lions Suffer 27-10 Loss to Frostburg
4/10/2014 — ALTOONA, Pa. - Penn State Altoona baseball was bested 27-10 by non-conference opponent Frostburg State University in a nine-inning contest on Thursday afternoon at Stewart Athletic Field.
Pat McHenry (Christiana, PA/Octorara) was 3-for-4 with two doubles, one run scored, and one run batted in.
Nate Bennett (Monroeton, PA/Towanda) batted 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored, and Matt Roland (Springfield, NJ/Jonathan Dayton) added a 2-for-5 performance at the plate, hitting one triple to go along with two runs scored and one RBI.
While Penn State Altoona was able to produce 10 runs, the Lions surrendered a program record 27 runs to Frostburg, which was formerly a member of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference until the conclusion of the 2009 season.
The Bobcats scored four runs in the top of the first inning on JT Tipton's RBI single to center, Ricky Brady's two-run base hit to right, and Mike Virbickis' run-scoring hit through the left side.
Tipton's RBI double brought in one of his team's two runs in the second inning, helping the visitors get out to a 6-0 lead.
Penn State Altoona put together a five-run bottom of the second inning to narrow Frostburg's lead to one. Roland's sharply-hit single off of the second baseman plated his team's first run of the game. Bennett added an RBI hit through the right side, Jeff Deveney (Mechanicsburg, PA/Mechanicsburg) drove in a pair with his line drive base hit up the middle, and Jordan Swope (State College, PA/Tussey Mountain) came home on a wild pitch to make it 6-5.
But the Bobcats came back with three runs in the third. Brady led off the frame with a home run to right, and Zach Weiss contributed a two-run single later in the inning.
Frostburg proceeded to add seven runs to its total in the fourth, including Brady's second solo homer of the game and a two-run shot to left-center by Weiss.
An RBI single to center by Tyler Auerbeck (Middletown, PA/Bishop McDevitt) and a Frostburg error led to three Penn State Altoona runs in the bottom half of the fourth, and the Lions picked up another run in the fifth on Bennett's RBI single to shortstop, making it 16-9.
But Frostburg responded with three runs in the sixth inning, then seven more runs in the seventh -- including a Kam Stewart grand slam to center.
With the loss, Penn State Altoona baseball falls to 5-19 overall on the season. The Lions' next games are this Saturday, April 12, when the team will face AMCC foe Hilbert College for a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 PM.
Photo: Penn State Altoona junior starting pitcher Mike Keeler (Oxford, PA/Oxford) throws during the Lions' game against Frostburg State University on Thursday afternoon at Stewart Athletic Field.