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Walkoff Win Highlights Baseball’s Sweep of Abington

Walkoff Win Highlights Baseball’s Sweep of Abington




3/5/2017 — LEESBURG, Fla. - Penn State Altoona baseball earned two wins over Penn State Abington on Sunday in the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational at Pat Thomas Stadium, prevailing 11-9 in game one and grabbing a 6-5 walkoff victory in game two.

“Same story as yesterday. We played sloppy in game one but did just enough to get the win. Oliver Dailey gave us a strong start but tired late,” said Penn State Altoona head coach RJ Barnard. “Game two was probably the best all-around game we’ve played this season.”

Oliver Dailey (Boalsburg, PA/State College) made the start in game on the mound for the Lions (4-4), going four innings and giving up four earned runs while striking out three batters. Hunter Johnson (Shippensburg, PA/Shippensburg) tossed 2/3 inning in relief to follow Dailey, and Bradley Lau (South Riding, VA/Freedom) pitched 1 1/3 innings and picked up his first collegiate win. Hunter Breon (Boiling Springs, PA/Boiling Springs) tossed a scoreless seventh inning for his second save in as many days.

Chase Clouser (Columbus, OH/Dublin Jerome) led Penn State Altoona at the plate, going 2-for-4 with one run batted in. Hunter Goshorn (Boiling Springs, PA/Boiling Springs) finished with three RBI.

Penn State Abington (1-8) scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning, when Dante Milillo scored on a wild pitch and Julio Aira came home on an error.

Penn State Altoona tied the game 2-2 in the top of the third, getting an RBI single to right by Matt Cody (Mechanicsburg, PA/Mechanicsburg) and an RBI groundout to first from Goshorn.

The Lions put seven runs on the board in the fourth to grab a 9-2 lead, helped by three Abington errors. Ryan Biever (Jonestown, PA/Northern Lebanon) led off the inning with a walk and later scored on a throwing error, and Sawyer Duffey (Waynesboro, PA/Waynesboro) singled and scored on another throwing error. After Jim Shomberg (Lansdale, PA/Methacton) and Gavin Roselli (Coatesville, PA/Bishop Shanahan) hit back-to-back RBI singles, and Goshorn drove in two more runs with his base hit to left-center. Clouser’s RBI single down the right field line got another run across to give Penn State Altoona a seven-run advantage.

But the Lions’ lead was not safe, as Abington chipped away and eventually tied the game.

In the bottom of the fifth, Abington put four runs on the board to narrow its deficit to three. Matt Meyers and Aira each had RBI grounders before Trey Guaglionona’s RBI hit to right and Chris Hartman’s bases loaded walk made it 9-6. In the sixth, Meyers’ three-run home run to left tied the score 9-9.

But Penn State Altoona used two Abington errors to its advantage in the top of the seventh to retake the lead. Aidan Plants (Montoursville, PA/Montoursville) reached base when he was hit by a pitch, and he later came around to score on a throwing error. Another error in the next at-bat allowed Breon to score, giving the Lions an 11-9 lead and the eventual win in game one.

In game two, the Lions got an impressive start on the mound from Aaron Sharp (Middleburg, PA/Midd-West). In a no decision, Sharp went 6 2/3 innings and yielded nine hits, four earned runs, and two walks, and he struck out 11 batters. His 11 strikeouts are the 10th-most in a game by a Lions pitcher in team history.

Lau added 1/3 inning in relief, and Breon pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts to earn his first collegiate victory.

At the plate, Breon led Penn State Altoona by going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Plants batted 2-for-4 with an RBI.

“After Jim [Shomberg] got hurt in game one, we needed some other guys to step up, and each and every person who was called on did their job,” said Barnard. “Can’t say enough about Breon coming in late both games to seal the wins. Game two was an all-around great team win.”

Abington grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-out, two-run single up the middle by Guaglionona, but Penn State Altoona tied it up 2-2 in the bottom of the first when Plants knocked an RBI single to right and James Mays (Dyer, IN/Lake Central) scored during a double play.

After three scoreless innings, Abington jumped ahead 3-2 in the top half of the fifth on Meyers’ RBI hit to left. Penn State Altoona again answered quickly, however, scoring two in the bottom of the fifth when Breon drove a run in with his single to third, then later scored on a wild pitch.

The Lions added a run to their total in the sixth on Jordan McCall’s (Hollidaysburg, PA/Hollidaysburg) RBI single to right. But Abington tied the score in the seventh when Guaglionona knocked in two runs with his two-out single to right.

After a scoreless bottom half of the seventh, the game advanced to extra innings. In the bottom of the eighth, the Lions came through to win the game when Peter Jacobs (Dix Hills, NY/Half Hollow Hills West) singled through the left side to score Austin Anderson (Macungie, PA/Emmaus) and give Penn State Altoona the walkoff win.

After a day off, Lions baseball is back in action on Tuesday, March 7 when it faces Ursinus College for a doubleheader beginning at 9:15 a.m. at Lake Myrtle Park.

Photo: Penn State Altoona baseball celebrates after Peter Jacobs' walkoff hit in the bottom of the eighth inning on Sunday against Penn State Abington at Pat Thomas Stadium.

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