UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State baseball team enjoyed its first home game of the season Tuesday.
Zach Ell had a pair of RBI singles, Steve Snyder plated three runs and the Nittany Lions knocked off New York Institute of Technology 7-3 at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
Ell, Taylor Skerpon and Greg Guers each had a pair of hits as Penn State (6-12) pounded out nine hits in the game. Guers and Justin Farkes each belted doubles.
The Nittany Lions also had a busy day on the base paths, stealing seven bases, with two each for Skerpon and Ell.
Penn State built an early 4-0 lead with bases-loaded to Ryan Richter and Snyder in the second inning and RBI singles by Ell in the third and fifth.
The Bears (0-12) responded with an RBI double for Josh Canabal and a Louis Mele sacrifice fly in the sixth and a Joe Daru RBI single in the seventh, but Penn State extended the lead again with an RBI double for Farkes and Snyder’s two-run single in the bottom of the seventh.
Ian Parvin, the second of three Nittany Lion pitchers, earned the win after starter Greg Welsh tossed three shutout innings with six strikeouts and allowing only three hits. Jack Anderson pitched a three-inning save.
Michael Sinnott took the loss.
The teams again at 5 p.m. Wednesday.