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Baseball Falls 10-0 at Shenandoah

Baseball Falls 10-0 at Shenandoah

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3/19/2017 — WINCHESTER, Va. - Penn State Altoona baseball faced its first nationally-ranked opponent of the season on Sunday afternoon, as the Lions were shut out 10-0 by #3 Shenandoah University at Bridgeforth Field.

Shenandoah (13-1) got a complete game, three-hit shutout from its starting pitcher, Gerard DePhillips.

"We didn't hit the baseball today. We faced a good arm, and he completely shut us down," said Penn State Altoona head coach RJ Barnard. "Two of our three hits came in the first inning, and we got nothing after that. Shenandoah is one of the best teams in the country, and they took it to us today. We have to have a short memory and be ready to go Tuesday against Juniata."

Penn State Altoona's (7-8) only hits came courtesy of Sawyer Duffey (Waynesboro, PA/Waynesboro), Jordan McCall (Hollidaysburg, PA/Hollidaysburg), and Jim Shomberg (Lansdale, PA/Methacton).

Oliver Dailey (Boalsburg, PA/State College) started on the mound for the Lions and suffered his second loss of the year. The lefty pitched 5 2/3 innings and yielded six earned runs. Hunter Johnson (Shippensburg, PA/Shippensburg) tossed 2 1/3 innings in relief.

The Lions got base hits from Duffey and Shomberg in the top of the first inning but came away empty. In the bottom half of the first, Shenandoah scored two runs when Tristan Baker came home on a wild pitch and Jake Loew drove in a run with his sacrifice fly.

Abel Arocho scored on a wild pitch in the third to make it 3-0, and Michael Cruz's fielder's choice grounder plated a run in the fourth to put the home team's lead at 4-0. In the fifth, Neil Dutton's sac fly and Nick Goode's RBI double down the right field line increased the Hornets' lead to 6-0.

Baker's RBI groundout to third put Shenandoah up 7-0 in the sixth. The Hornets got three more runs across in the eighth on Arocho's groundout, Baker's score on a wild pitch, and Loew's solo home run to right.

Penn State Altoona baseball is back on the diamond this Tuesday, March 21 when it travels to face nearby non-conference opponent Juniata College for a doubleheader. Game one is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. in Huntingdon, Pa.


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