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Baseball Swept in AMCC Opener at La Roche



3/25/2015 — PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Penn State Altoona baseball suffered a sweep in its opening games of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference schedule on Wednesday afternoon, losing to La Roche College by scores of 4-2 and 8-2 at John Arnold Sr. Memorial Field.

In game one, Jordan Swope (State College, PA/Tussey Mountain) was 1-for-3 at the plate with a triple and a run batted in. Pat McHenry (Christiana, PA/Octorara) was also 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Jared Dailey (Boalsburg, PA/State College) threw 5 1/3 innings of relief, yielding just one earned run and striking out four batters.

La Roche scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning when Colin Williamson came home on a passed ball. The Redhawks were able to double their lead in the third thanks to a Penn State Altoona error that allowed Williamson to score.

The Lions responded with two runs in the top of the fourth to tie the game. Swope's RBI triple to right put Penn State Altoona on the scoreboard, and McHenry's single to center scored Swope to make it 2-2.

But the Redhawks quickly reestablished their lead, getting an RBI single to center from Alex Simone in the bottom half of the fourth to jump ahead 3-2. In the fifth, Matt Sabatini's single to right drove in an insurance run to extend the home team's lead to 4-2.

In game two, Jim Shomberg (Lansdale, PA/Methacton) was the Lions' top hitter, going 3-for-4. Jack Cleary (Brooklyn, NY/Xavier) and Swope each went 2-for-4.

Penn State Altoona struck first in the top of the second inning when Cleary's RBI single to center made it 1-0.

La Roche tied it up in the bottom of the second on Mitchell Yard's groundout that plated a run, and the home team took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on Cory Podvasnik's RBI single.

The Lions knotted the score 2-2 in the fifth when Cleary led off the frame with a single and later scored on an error, but the Redhawks used a four-run bottom of the inning to go ahead. La Roche went on to add two more runs to its total, winning by six.

Penn State Altoona baseball drops to 5-11 overall and 0-2 in the AMCC with today's losses. Next up, the team is scheduled to host conference opponent Medaille College this Saturday, March 28 at 1:00 PM at Stewart Athletic Field.

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