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Lions Split Twinbill With Eagles
BOX SCORE (GAME 1)
BOX SCORE (GAME 2)
4/17/2014 — ALTOONA, Pa. - Penn State Altoona baseball split a non-conference doubleheader with Juniata College on Thursday afternoon at Stewart Athletic Field, winning 7-3 in game one and losing 11-6 in game two.
In the first game of the day, Cody Schwan (Dansville, PA/Dansville Central) made a strong start on the mound to earn his second victory of the season. In six innings of work, Schwan yielded two runs on eight hits and just one walk.
Pat McHenry (Christiana, PA/Octorara) was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and one run batted in. All three of McHenry's hits were doubles, tying a Penn State Altoona baseball single game record for most doubles hit in one contest.
Jack Cleary (Brooklyn, NY/Xavier) was also 3-for-4, and Tyler Pastor (Nazareth, PA/Nazareth) batted 2-for-4 with three RBI and one run scored.
Logan Madill (Midland, MI/Midland) added a 2-for-4 showing at the plate, including a solo home run. He also scored three runs.
Jordan Swope (State College, PA/Tussey Mountain) batted 2-for-2 with one RBI.
Penn State Altoona broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third inning on Pastor's two-run single to center field. Dan Bier (Lafayette Hill, PA/Archbishop Carroll) and Swope added RBI singles later in the inning to make it 4-0.
Madill's solo shot to left field in the fourth inning extended the Lions' advantage to 5-0.
An error and a sacrifice fly helped Juniata plate a pair of runs in the top of the sixth, but Penn State Altoona got those runs back in the bottom half of the inning on McHenry's RBI double down the left field line and Pastor's RBI single to left.
Joe Sforza's sac fly in the seventh netted a third run for the Eagles, but Penn State Altoona closed the game with a four-run victory.
In game two, Swope led the Lions at the plate by going 3-for-5 with two RBI and two stolen bases.
Cleary and Pastor each went 2-for-4 in the game.
Penn State Altoona again struck first, getting two runs across in the bottom of the second when Swope drove in a pair with his base hit up the middle.
But Juniata awoke to score six runs in the top of the fifth inning. Sheridan Doan drew a bases loaded walk to bring home his team's first run of the game, and Nick Stubbs scored on an error to tie the score. Later in the frame, Eric Grace's two RBI single put the Eagles up by four.
Pastor's RBI groundout in the bottom half of the inning brought Penn State Altoona back to within three, 6-3.
The Eagles put together a five-run seventh inning to increase their lead to 11-3.
In the bottom half of the seventh, Madill's triple to deep left brought in one run, and McHenry scored him with a double to center. Bier added a sac fly later in the inning, but Juniata put a stop to the damage and ended the game with a five-run advantage to earn the split.
Lions baseball finishes the day with a 10-20 overall record. The team travels to Buffalo, N.Y. to resume Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference play this Saturday, April 19 for a 1:00 PM doubleheader at Medaille College.
Photo: Penn State Altoona freshman pitcher Cody Schwan throws during game one of the Lions' doubleheader with Juniata College at Stewart Athletic Field on Thursday afternoon.