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Lions Sweep Harrisburg in Final Regular Season Games
BOX SCORE (GAME 1)
BOX SCORE (GAME 2)
4/28/2014 — ALTOONA, Pa. - Effective pitching and timely hitting came together for the Penn State Altoona baseball team in its regular season finale against non-conference opponent Penn State Harrisburg on Monday afternoon, as the Lions earned 7-5 and 8-5 wins to sweep the doubleheader at Stewart Athletic Field.
In game one, Jordan Swope (State College, PA/Tussey Mountain) continued his hot streak at the plate, going 2-for-4 and hitting the go-ahead two-run home run in the sixth inning.
Jeff Deveney (Mechanicsburg, PA/Mechanicsburg) was also 2-for-4 and hit a double. Brandon Clark (Latrobe, PA/Greater Latrobe) was 1-for-3 with two runs batted in.
Kurtis Krise (Woodland, PA/Clearfield) notched his third win of the season, pitching six innings and allowing just two earned runs.
Mike Marley (Middletown, NJ/Red Bank Catholic) pitched a scoreless seventh inning for his first collegiate save.
After an error allowed Harrisburg to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, Penn State Altoona put together a five-run bottom of the first to jump ahead. Logan Madill (Midland, MI/Midland) tied the game with his sacrifice fly to center, and the Lions went up when Deveney scored on a wild pitch. Later in the inning, Clark's sharp single to the second baseman brought in two runs, and Dan Bier's (Lafayette Hill, PA/Archbishop Carroll) infield hit to third got a fifth run across.
Harrisburg picked up a run in the third, then tied the game 5-5 in the sixth. Troy Taber's solo home run to right got things started for the visitors, and two more Lion errors allowed the tying runs to reach home.
But Penn State Altoona regained the lead quickly on Swope's two-run homer to right in the bottom of the sixth that put the Lions up 7-5.
The Lions repeated game one's recipe for success in the second half of the twinbill.
Madill led the team at the plate in game two, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.
Josh Mattocks (Troy, PA/Troy) was 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Swope was 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Pat McHenry (Christiana, PA/Octorara) had two RBI and hit his 19th double of the season, tying the Penn State Altoona baseball program's single season record for doubles. McHenry needs one double to set a new record and surpass former Lion standout Jimmy Baum's total of 19 doubles from the 2010 campaign.
Ryan Robinette (Bedford, PA/Bedford) threw six innings and gave up only two earned runs to pick up his second victory of the season.
Cody Schwan (Dansville, NY/Dansville Central) tossed a scoreless seventh inning to record his first collegiate save.
The Lions struck first, scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning. Madill scored his team's first run on a throwing error, and Ryan Marcoux (South Plainfield, NJ/South Plainfield) added an RBI single to center later in the frame.
RBI singles off the bats of Madill and Mattocks doubled the Lions' lead in the third inning.
In the fourth, Penn State Altoona used a Jack Cleary (Brooklyn, NY/Xavier) fielder's choice groundout and another Madill RBI base hit to make it 6-0.
Harrisburg awoke in the top of the fifth inning to cut the Lions' lead in half, scoring one run on an error and getting two more runs across on Eric Hoover's two-run single to left. The visitors proceeded to make it a one-run game, 6-5, in the sixth on Bryan Balshy's RBI single and Tom Denniston's run-scoring groundout.
But Penn State Altoona padded its lead in the bottom of the inning on Deveney's run-scoring base hit and McHenry's two-run double off of the left field fence.
Penn State Altoona baseball ends the regular season with a 17-23 overall record. The Lions, who hold an 8-8 record in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, are the number six seed entering this weekend's conference tournament and will face nearby rival Mount Aloysius College for a first round best-of-three series this Saturday, May 3 in Cresson, Pa. beginning at 10:00 AM.
Photo: Penn State Altoona freshman Jack Cleary hits a line drive during the Lions' second game against Penn State Harrisburg on Monday afternoon at Stewart Athletic Field.