SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Penn State dropped the rubber game of a three-game baseball series against Santa Clara, falling 6-3 on Saturday.
Trailing 1-0, the Nittany Lions took the lead on James Coates’ two-run single to right in the second. The Broncos tied it in the bottom of the inning and took the lead for good with two runs in the the third.
Alex Malinsky scored on a wild pitch in the fourth to bring Penn State within a run, but the Nittany Lions were blanked from there by relievers Kevin George and Reece Karalus. Santa Clara added two insurance runs in the seventh on an RBI double by Steve Berman and an RBI single from Casey Munoz.
Jim Haley and Malinsky had two hits each for the Nittany Lions (5-12).
Late Friday, the Broncos (9-11) doubled up the Nittany Lions 10-5.
Led by J.J. White’s three-run homer, Penn State scored five runs in the fifth to take a 5-1 lead. Haley added a two-run single to cap the outburst.
The Broncos recovered behind Greg Harisis, who belted a two-run homer and an RBI triple. Jose Vizcaino Jr. added a two-run single.
Haley had three hits and White had two for Penn State. T.J. Jann (0-4) was hurt by four unearned runs. He struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings.
Penn State opens its home season at 5 p.m. Tuesday against New York Institute of Technology.