Lions Get Important AMCC Win in Split at Mount Aloysius
4/24/2015 — CRESSON, Pa. - Penn State Altoona baseball earned an important win for its playoff hopes in a doubleheader split at Mount Aloysius College on Friday afternoon, prevailing 8-7 in game one before falling 3-1 in game two.
The Lions move to 12-23 overall. With an AMCC record of 5-9, the team ascended in the standings and currently holds the sixth and final spot in the upcoming conference tournament. Penn State Altoona finishes its AMCC schedule with a big doubleheader at D'Youville College tomorrow, Saturday, April 25 beginning at 1:00 PM. Should the Lions sweep D'Youville, which currently has a 1-9 conference record, they would greatly improve their chances to clinch an AMCC playoff berth for the eighth consecutive year.
In game one, the Lions were led at the plate by Dan Dwyer (Havertown, PA/Cardinal O'Hara) and Pat McHenry (Christiana, PA/Octorara), who each went 3-for-4 with a run batted in and a run scored.
Jack Cleary (Brooklyn, NY/Xavier) was 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored.
Luke Stano (Nesquehoning, PA/Panther Valley) tossed a complete game for the win, pitching seven innings to pick up his third victory of the season.
In the top of the first, Penn State Altoona scored two runs on McHenry's sacrifice fly and Dwyer's RBI single. Cleary's RBI groundout in the second inning gave the Lions a 3-0 lead.
Mount Aloysius narrowed its deficit to 3-2 over the next three innings. In the bottom of the second, Cory Dick's fielder's choice groundout brought his team's first run of the game across, and Kyle Droz stole home during a double steal in the fourth.
But Penn State Altoona widened the gap to 5-2 in the fifth, thanks to another RBI single by Dwyer and Tyler Auerbeck's (Middletown, PA/Bishop McDevitt) RBI double.
The Mounties quickly got both runs back in the bottom half of the fifth on Connor Bowie's two-run double, but the Lions answered with three more runs in the sixth. Jordan Swope (State College, PA/Tussey Mountain) tripled to drive in two runs, and McHenry's RBI single made it 8-4.
Mount chipped away at Penn State Altoona's lead in the next two innings. TJ Wardwell's RBI hit in the bottom of the sixth made it 8-5, and Bowie's two-run home run in the seventh made it a one-run game at 8-7. But the Lions closed the deal to clinch the game one victory.
In game two, the Mounties and Lions were locked in a low-scoring affair. Penn State Altoona starting pitcher Mike Marley (Middletown, NJ/Red Bank Catholic) suffered the loss despite pitching well, throwing a complete game. In eight innings, he allowed three earned runs while striking out five.
Penn State Altoona grabbed an early lead on Swope's RBI double in the top of the first.
The score remained 1-0 until Mount Aloysius broke through for three runs in the bottom of the seventh. Bryn Brown's two-run single gave the home team the lead, and Bowie's triple drove in the Mounties' third run of the contest.
Notes: Penn State Altoona senior outfielder Swope surpassed the 100-RBI plateau for his collegiate career on Friday, driving in a total of three runs in the doubleheader to give him 102 all-time. He currently ranks seventh in Lions history in RBI.
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