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Walkoff Win in Game Two Helps Lions Split Doubleheader With Bradford
BOX SCORE (GAME 1)
BOX SCORE (GAME 2)
4/26/2014 — ALTOONA, Pa. - Penn State Altoona baseball was edged 7-6 by Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opponent Pitt-Bradford in game one of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Stewart Athletic Field. But the Lions came roaring back in game two, posting a late rally and winning 12-11 in extra innings to clinch the split.
Dan Bier (Lafayette Hill, PA/Archbishop Carroll) batted 3-for-3 with a double, two runs batted in, and two runs scored to lead the Lions at the plate in game one.
Pat McHenry (Christiana, PA/Octorara) was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a run scored.
Pitt-Bradford broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fourth inning, putting four runs on the board. The Panthers were aided by four walks, a hit batter, and a wild pitch.
The visitors made it 6-0 in the fifth on Connor Borowski's two-run home run to left.
But Penn State Altoona rallied for five runs in bottom of the fifth. Bier's double to deep left drove in the Lions' first two runs of the day. Nate Bennett's (Monroeton, PA/Towanda) RBI groundout and Jordan Swope's (State College, PA/Tussey Mountain) run-scoring single through the right side brought home two more runs, and a wild pitch allowed Swope to score, cutting Pitt-Bradford's lead to 6-5.
After a scoreless sixth inning, the Panthers picked up what would be an important insurance run in the top half of the seventh on Ethan Showers' sacrifice fly to left.
The Lions used a sac fly of their own, coming off the bat of Jeff Deveney (Mechanicsburg, PA/Mechanicsburg), to make it a one-run game again in the bottom of the seventh. But Penn State Altoona was forced to strand the tying run on base, as Pitt-Bradford escaped game one with a win.
In game two, Logan Madill (Midland, MI/Midland) led his team at the plate with a 3-for-6 performance. He also knocked in the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning to help the Lions achieve the doubleheader split.
Bier, Bennett, Deveney, and Swope each recorded a two-hit game.
Much like game one, Pitt-Bradford jumped out to a big lead early. The Panthers put seven runs on the board in the top of the second inning, including Borowski's second two-run homer of the afternoon.
But the Lions answered back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the second, getting RBI infield singles from Bier and Swope and a run-scoring hit to center by Deveney.
Penn State Altoona narrowed its deficit to two in the third on back-to-back RBI singles by Bier and Bennett. John Szmed's (Delmont, PA/Greensburg-Salem) fielder's choice drove in a run in the fourth, cutting Pitt-Bradford's lead to 7-6.
Pitt-Bradford added a run in the fifth on Sam Gardner's RBI single to center, making it 8-6. The visitors added three more runs in the seventh, extending their lead to 11-6 and appearing to ice the game.
But the Lions rallied to tie the game in the bottom half of the seventh. Swope got things started with an RBI ground-rule double, and Deveney followed by bringing Swope home on his base hit up the middle. Later in the inning, with the bases loaded, Szmed was hit by a pitch to draw another run home. Tyler Auerbeck (Middletown, PA/Bishop McDevitt), who entered as a pinch hitter, came up with the game-tying hit, singling sharply to the second baseman to drive in two runs, knot the score at 11-11, and send the game into extra innings.
After recording a scoreless top of the eighth, the Lions' bats went back to work in the bottom half of the inning. Swope led off with a walk, advanced to second on Deveney's sac bunt, and swiped third base as part of a double steal. Madill came up with the game-clinching hit, grounding a single up the middle to score Swope and give Penn State Altoona a walkoff victory.
After the day's games, Penn State Altoona baseball stands at 15-23 overall and 8-8 in the AMCC. Next up for the Lions is their final date of the regular season, a non-conference doubleheader against Penn State Harrisburg on Monday, April 28 at Stewart Athletic Field. First pitch of game one is slated for 12:00 PM.
Photo: Penn State Altoona freshman third baseman Logan Madill stands in during game two of his team's doubleheader with Pitt-Bradford on Saturday at Stewart Athletic Field. Later in the game, Madill hit the game-winning single.