TAMPA, Fla. — Unbeaten South Florida used a three-run seventh to take the lead and held on to complete a three-game weekend sweep against Penn State with a 6-5 victory on Sunday.
The Nittany Lions built a 5-3 lead heading into the seventh, but the Bulls (7-0) smacked four hits and took advantage of an error to get the lead. South Florida loaded the bases with on two singles and an error against Ian Parvin. Jack Anderson replaced Parvin and gave up an RBI infield single to Levi Borders. Austin Lueck followed with an RBI single to right field and the game-winner scored on Michael Arencibia’s groundout to shortstop. The Nittany Lions had just one baserunner in their final two at-bats.
Penn State, which was outscored 36-13 in the series, took a 3-1 lead with three runs in the second. Tyler Kendall led off with a double and moved to third on Taylor Skerpon’s single. After an out, Ryky Smith plated Kendall with a single. Steve Robinson followed with an RBI single and Steve Snyder plated the final run with a sacrifice fly.
Zach Eli and Smith each has two hits for the Nittany Lions, who had 10 hits. Smith drove in two runs. Lueck had four of South Florida’s 12 hits.
Parvin (0-1) took the loss for Penn State, which returns to action Saturday with a doubleheader at Mount St. Marys.