HOUSTON, Texas — The Penn State baseball team split a doubleheader against Houston Baptist on Saturday afternoon, winning 8-4 in the first contest and falling 11-10 in the 10 innings in Game 2.
The Nittany Lions (5-9) won the series against the Huskies (6-8-1), and were led by senior Steven Hill, as he pitched the seventh complete game of his career in the opening contest.
In his nine-inning performance, Hill improved to a 4.44 ERA and allowed nine hits with four earned runs to earn his first win of the season. The senior struck out eight batters, six of which were consecutively recorded between the sixth and eighth innings.
Offensively, the Lions were led by senior Luis Montesinos, who recorded his first career home run in the second game and came away from the day with three runs, four hits and five RBIs. Redshirt junior Steve Snyder posted three runs, four RBIs and three hits in the two contests, while sophomore Taylor Skerpon scored four runs and had five hits.
The Nittany Lions loss in Game 2 would prove to be full of highs and, with Montesinos posting his first-career home run, a two-run shot, in the top of the first.
Houston Baptist would gain control the next few innings, however, responding with five unanswered runs by the third. Josh Foust posted the second home run of the first inning, leading off for the Huskies with a huge hit past the left center wall.
A scoring streak would begin for the home squad as Wiggins doubled to left field in the bottom of the second, allowing Mike Chamberlain to score and tie the contest 2-2. HBU took a 5-2 lead by the end of the third, with Jordan Hebert and Luke Clements each posting an RBI.