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Baseball Splits With Pitt-Greensburg
BOX SCORE (GAME 1)
BOX SCORE (GAME 2)
4/22/2014 — GREENSBURG, Pa. - Penn State Altoona baseball grabbed an important Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference win on Tuesday afternoon in a doubleheader with Pitt-Greensburg. The Lions fell 14-1 in game one before earning a 13-6 victory in game two to split the twinbill at Bobcat Park.
After today's games, Penn State Altoona's AMCC record stands at 7-7, placing them fifth in the standings. The upcoming conference postseason tournament includes the top six teams.
In game one, the Lions struggled to score and hold Pitt-Greensburg's offense.
Jeff Deveney (Mechanicsburg, PA/Mechanicsburg) was 2-for-3 for Penn State Altoona, and Dan Bier (Lafayette Hill, PA/Archbishop Carroll) batted 2-for-2.
Pitt-Greensburg, which scored in all but one inning, established a formidable lead early in the game.
Logan Douglas and Dylin Brooks contributed RBI hits in the bottom of the first inning ahead of Chad Jacob's two-run home run. John Buerkle's fielder's choice brought home another run later in the frame to give the Bobcats a 5-0 lead after one inning.
An RBI double by Brooks and a run-scoring single from Anthony Bozzuto made it 7-0 in the second.
After a scoreless third, Pitt-Greensburg went on to score four runs in the fourth, two in the fifth, and one in the sixth.
Tyler Auerbeck (Middletown, PA/Bishop McDevitt) helped Penn State Altoona get on the board in the top of the seventh inning with his two-out RBI double.
Game two went much better for the Lions, however, as the team received effective pitching and solid offensive production.
Kurtis Krise (Woodland, PA/Clearfield) tossed a complete game for Penn State Altoona, allowing four earned runs in seven innings on the mound, limiting the Bobcats' scoring.
Jordan Swope (State College, PA/Tussey Mountain) led the Lions at the dish, going 3-for-4 with a home run, four runs batted in, and two runs scored.
Logan Madill (Midland, MI/Midland) went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and two runs scored.
Pat McHenry (Christiana, PA/Octorara) hit 3-for-4 with two runs scored, and Nate Bennett (Monroeton, PA/Towanda) and Deveney each finished with a two-hit game.
The Lions jumped on Pitt-Greensburg starter Cory Deighan early, tagging him for eight runs and chasing him before the end of the first inning.
Madill clubbed a three-run homer to put his team on the board. After an error allowed McHenry to come home, Bier hit an RBI single and Swope brought home two more runs with his base hit. Jack Cleary's (Brooklyn, NY/Xavier) sacrifice fly later made it 8-0.
Penn State Altoona added two more runs in the second on Bennett's RBI single and Swope's fielder's choice groundout.
The Bobcats got three runs across in the bottom of the third on Douglas' two-run triple and Brooks' sac fly, making it 10-3.
The squads traded a run each in the fifth inning, then traded a pair of runs in the seventh. Bennett's sac fly in the top of the seventh preceded Swope's solo shot that gave the Lions a 13-4 advantage.
Next up for Penn State Altoona is a non-conference doubleheader at Juniata College tomorrow, Wedensday, April 23. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 1:00 PM.
Photo: Penn State Altoona junior Jordan Swope led his team hitting against Pitt-Greensburg on Tuesday, going 4-for-7 with a home run, a double, four RBI, and two runs scored.