BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. — Penn State scored an unearned run in the top of the 10th inning to take the rubber game in its three-game baseball series against Gardner-Webb with a 4-3 triumph on Monday afternoon.
The Nittany Lions (2-1) got out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the bottom of the ninth. First baseman J.J. White first turned a double play, erasing a runner at home plate. After an intentional walk, reliever Jack Anderson (2-0) struck out Matt Simmons on three pitches to send the game into extra innings.
Jim Haley led off the 10th with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. After Steve Snyder walked, Greg Guers hit a potential double-play grounder to second, but Gardner-Webb shortstop Ryan Hodge’s relay throw was wild to first base. Haley easily scored on the error.
Ryan Harper pitched a perfect bottom of the 10th to earn the save.
Ryan Richter and James Coates each had two hits for the Nittany Lions. Richter tripled in a run and scored on Coates’ single in a two-run fifth inning. Starter Taylor Patton turned in a solid effort by allowing six hits and three runs (two earned), with five strikeouts and no walks over eight innings.
Henry Rundio, Scott Johnson and Hodge each had two hits for Gardner-Webb (1-2).