St. Mary’s pitchers held Penn State to only five hits as the Gaels won 6-2 to open their series with the Nittany Lions on Friday.
Saint Mary’s Nikko Saenz singled up the middle with two outs to give the Gael’s an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. In following inning, the Gaels added two more runs to their lead.
Penn State would go scoreless over the first five innings of the game. In the sixth inning, James Coates got the inning started by crushing a double to the right field wall for the Nittany Lions, extending his on-base streak to 22 games and his hitting streak to nine games. Penn State then loaded the bases with two consecutive two-out walks. Zach Ell stepped up and ripped a single through the right side to score Coates and then Tyler Kendall scored on the play when the right fielder bobbled the ball to pull the Nittany Lions within 3-2.
Saint Mary’s would responded with a run in the bottom of the sixth and tacked on two more runs in the seventh inning.