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Baseball raps 12 hits but loses at Penn State 8-2
Bearcats match Big Ten hosts in hits but strand 10 in defeat
April 4, 2012Tweet
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State (10-18) erased an early 1-0 deficit with eight straight runs to pull away from visiting Binghamton (8-12) 8-2 Wednesday night from Medlar Field. The Bearcats matched their Big Ten hosts in hits at 12 apiece but stranded 10 baserunners and surrendered runs in four straight middle-inning frames .
Binghamton jumped ahead 1-0 with a run in the first inning. After sophomore shortstop John Howell reached on a fielder’s choice grounder, freshman catcher Jake Thomas drilled a one-out double to right field, moving Howell to third. Senior first baseman Dave Ciocchi then brought in Howell with an RBI groundout.
But Penn State plated four runs on four hits in the third inning and added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to build a cushion. The hosts scored two runs in the sixth before the teams combined for just one run over the final three innings.
With conference play looming in two days, BU made liberal lineup changes throughout (19 players saw action) and used five pitchers, including freshman Ty Lyons and junior Joe Swindells, who made their season debuts.
Binghamton collected 12 hits but were lacking the clutch delivery, stranding two runners in each of the third and fourth innings before Penn State’s offense got going.
Down 8-1, BU got a run back in the sixth when freshman Scott Hagan doubled down the left field line to lead off and moved to third and home on two wild pitches.
In his first collegiate start, sophomore Jed Lemen moved through the first two innings before Penn State did their damage in the third. Four BU relievers gave up four more runs (three earned) over the final five innings.
Sophomore center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz went 3-for-4 and Thomas went 2-for-3.
Sophomore second baseman Daniel Nevares hit a sixth-inning double to extend his hit streak to nine games.
The Bearcats open America East play on Friday when they face rival Stony Brook on Long Island. The teams will play a twinbill at noon and finish the three-game set with a single game at noon on Saturday.