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Lions and Eagles Split Non-Conference Doubleheader
BOX SCORE (GAME 1)
BOX SCORE (GAME 2)
4/23/2014 — HUNTINGDON, Pa. - Penn State Altoona baseball split a wild doubleheader with nearby non-conference foe Juniata College on Wednesday afternoon at Langdon-Goodale Field. The Lions took game one 13-6 before losing 25-3 in game two.
Cody Schwan (Dansville, NY/Dansville Central) started on the mound in the first game and notched the win. In five innings of work, Schwan gave up three earned runs.
Jordan Swope (State College, PA/Tussey Mountain) had another good day swinging the bat, going 4-for-5 with two doubles and three runs scored.
Jeff Deveney (Mechanicsburg, PA/Mechanicsburg) and Jack Cleary (Brooklyn, NY/Xavier) were each 3-for-4. Deveney scored two runs and drove in one, while Cleary knocked in a pair and scored one run.
Pat McHenry (Christiana, PA/Octorara) batted 2-for-4 with a home run, four RBI, and two runs scored.
Dan Bier (Lafayette Hill, PA/Archbishop Carroll) and Nate Bennett (Monroeton, PA/Towanda) finished the game with two RBI each.
The Lions plated six runs to start the game in the top of the first inning. Cleary's sacrifice fly to left field brought in the first score of the game, and Tyler Pastor (Nazareth, PA/Nazareth) drew a bases loaded walk to make it 2-0. Bier's two-run double down the left field line doubled his team's lead, and a Juniata infield error allowed two more runs to come across.
Cody Krepps' RBI single in the bottom of the first got a run back for Juniata. In the third, the home team cut its deficit to three runs when Krepps brought a run home on his groundout and a passed ball advanced another run to the plate.
But the Lions got those runs back in the fourth on Deveney's RBI single through the right side and McHenry's run-scoring base hit to left.
Cleary's RBI hit to third base in the fifth gave Penn State Altoona a 9-3 advantage.
The Eagles kept hanging around, getting a Joe Sforza two-run home run in the bottom half of the fifth and a Derek Heath sac fly in the sixth to make it 9-6.
But Penn State Altoona added some padding to its lead with a four-run seventh. Logan Madill's (Midland, MI/Midland) RBI single up the middle increased the score to 10-6 before McHenry's three-run bomb upped the lead to 13-6.
Game two held a much different outcome for the Lions, however, as Juniata scored 25 runs on 24 hits and a trio of Penn State Altoona errors. The Eagles jumped out to a big lead with a 10-run bottom of the first.
Josh Mattocks (Troy, PA/Troy) was 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI, and a run scored in the second game of the doubleheader.
Matt Roland (Springfield, NJ/Jonathan Dayton) batted 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Mattocks' two-run single through the left side in the top of the second inning plated the first scores of the game for the Lions, making it 10-2.
Brandon Clark (Latrobe, PA/Greater Latrobe) drove in Lions' other run in the fourth with his RBI single to third.
But Juniata continued to hit, scoring 15 runs over their final five innings to ice the doubleheader split.
Penn State Altoona, which ends the day with a 14-22 overall record, returns to Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference play this Saturday, April 26 for a 1:00 PM home doubleheader against Pitt-Bradford. The date marks the Lions' final conference matchup of the regular season.
Photo: Penn State Altoona junior Jordan Swope was 4-for-5 with two doubles and three runs scored in his team's game one victory at Juniata College on Wednesday.