JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. J.C. Coban’s bases-clearing double in the eighth inning helped the Penn State baseball team get started off on the right foot, winning its season opener 6-4 over East Tennessee State on Friday.
Trailing 3-2 with two out and the bases full, the sophomore designated hitter doubled to center field to put the Nittany Lions in front for good. Coban finished 3-for-5
Ryky Smith was 3-for-4 and James Coates was 2-for-3 for Penn State. Taylor Skerpon added a sacrifice fly in the ninth for an insurance run.
Clinton Freeman provided plenty of power for the Buccaneers, blasting two solo home run and a triple. Mason Hershey also had a solo homer.
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Cody Lewis earned the win in relief of David Walking, who worked the first six innings. Casey Kulina struck out three of the five batters he faced, giving up only one of Freeman’s homers, to earn the save.
The teams meet again this afternoon.
Rough first inning dooms PSU in opener
LAS CRUCES, N.M. Colorado State scored seven first-inning runs and had a 10-run lead through two in a 10-3 win over Penn State on Friday in the Nittany Lions’ season opener.
The Rams (4-3), who had only five hits, took advantage of seven walks and five wild pitches in the first inning from the Nittany Lion pitchers. Marissa Diescher faced only three batters in the start and took the loss. Christy Von Pusch completed the first inning and also struggled, with Jordan Wheatley pitching the final three innings to settle the team down.
Kailyn Johnson’s two-run double in the fifth accounted for Penn State’s lone runs in a game halted after five innings.
Harvard stuns Penn State
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Penn State suffered its first conference loss since 2009, surrendering a 25-23, 25-17, 25-23 setback to Harvard on Friday night.
The No 9 Nittany Lions (9-3, 3-1) had not lost in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association since losing at George Mason on March 7, 2009.
The Crimson (6-2, 2-1) hit .457 and held a 7-2 advantage in blocks, a 47-35 edge in kills and a 22-21 margin in digs. Penn State hit .244 with 16 hitting errors.
Aaron Russell led the Lions with 11 kills and two aces while Peter Russell added 10 kills, Taylor Hammond gave out 29 assists and Connor Curry collected five digs.
DJ White’s 13 kills, Nick Madden’s 10 kills and Caleb Zimmick’s five blocks paced the Crimson.
Penn State visits Sacred Heart on Saturday.
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Tigers tame Nittany Lions
ROCHESTER, N.Y. Nicole Paniccia made 42 saves as Penn State fell 3-1 to Rochester Institute of Technology on Friday.
Taylor Gross scored the Nittany Lions’ lone goal, converting on a power play. Jordin Pardoski fired a shot from the point that was stopped, with Shannon Yoxheimer grabbing the rebound and feeding the puck to Gross. Penn State (7-21-2, 1-14-2 CHA). was outshot 45-22.
Kim Schlattman scored twice and Kristina Moss once for the Tigers (13-13-5, 6-6-5 CHA).
The teams meet again Sunday in Rochester.