Five-Run Third Inning Propels Nittany Lions Past Shoremen, 7-4

Five-Run Third Inning Propels Nittany Lions Past Shoremen, 7-4

Hirschbaum Tallies His 100th Career Hit For Shoremen

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Visiting Penn State-Harrisburg scored five times in the top of the third inning to take a 5-2 lead on its way to a 7-4 win over host Washington College in a non-conference baseball game on Thursday afternoon at Athey Baseball Park.  In the loss, senior first baseman Evan Hirschbaum (North Massapequa, N.Y./Plainedge) became the 28th Shoremen to reach 100 career hits as he got his milestone hit on a single to third base in the bottom of the first inning.

Penn State-Harrisburg 7 Washington College 4

How It Happened
- The Shoremen scored twice in the bottom of the first to take a 2-0 lead.  Luke D'Ostilio scored on a fielder's choice with one away and with two outs Wes Robertson came home on a throwing error by the Nittany Lions. 
- In the top of the third, PSU-Harrisburg took advantage of two Washington errors to score five unearned runs.  With nobody out, Alex Cline scored on an RBI groundout by Jackson Struve to cut the deficit to 2-1.  With two away, Justin O'Dell singled up the middle to drive in David Klein to tie the game 2-2.  Two batters later, Josh Brubaker tripled to center to drive in both O'Dell and Zachary Koroneos to give the Nittany Lions the lead for good at 4-2.  Brubaker came home when the next batter Tyler Aug singled to center to cap the five-run frame.
- Brubaker started the scoring in the top of the fifth with a solo home run to left field with one out to make it 6-2 and with one away, Aug scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Cline to push the lead to 7-2.
- Washington would get two runs back with a pair of two out runs in the last of the seventh.  D'Ostilio doubled down the left field line to score Chris Kramedas to trim the lead to 7-3 and Robertson singled up the middle to plate D'Ostilio.  Following a Hirschbaum walk, Aaron Barclay was at the plate representing the tying run, but Nittany Lions' pitcher Cameron Michaud got Barclay to ground out to third to end the threat. 
- The Shoremen would not get the tying run to the plate in each of the last two innings.

For The Shoremen (3-5)
-Hitting: Joe Lozupone (2-for-4), D'Ostilio (two runs scored), Hirschbaum (1-for-2, walk)
-Pitching: Nick Roberti (loss 0-1, 4 1/3 innings, nine hits, six runs, one earned, one walk, two strikeouts), Matt Furlong (3 1/3 innings, four hits, one run, one earned, one walk, one strikeout), Robertson (scoreless ninth inning with two strikeouts)
-Washington had six hits and drew three walks, while leaving eight on base.
-The Shoremen had two errors in the game leading to five unearned runs for the Nittany Lions.

For Penn State-Harrisburg (4-11)
-Hitting: Brubaker (3-for-5, game-high three RBI, two runs, home run, triple and double), Tom Denniston (3-for-5), O'Dell (2-for-5, run, RBI), Aug (2-for-4, run, RBI),
-Pitching: Brandon Riggs (win 2-0, 2 2/3 innings of relief, four hits, two runs, two earned, one walk, one strikeouts), Brendan Riotto (save 1, one inning, two strikeouts), Huff (save 11, one inning, one hit, one walk, one strikeouts), Austin Kunkel (four innings, starter, one hit, two runs, one earned, two walks, two strikeouts)
-The Nittany Lions pounded out 13 hits, drew three walks as they left 10 on base.
-The visitors had two errors in the victory, but it led to just one unearned WC run.

Notes
- Hirschbaum was named the Goose Nation TV Shoremen Player of the Game on the webcast of the contest.
- Hirschbaum tallied his 100th hit in just over two seasons for the Shoremen.  He played his freshman season at Neumann, but did not have a hit in his one at-bat.
- It was the first meeting between the two schools on the baseball diamond this afternoon.

Up Next
3/12 v. Bethel (2) – 12:00 p.m. (Ft. Myers, Fla. – Gene Cusic Classic)
- Bethel is located in Arden Hill, Minn., a suburb of the Minneapolis and St. Paul.
- First-ever meeting between the two programs in baseball.