Behind a strong pitching effort from Nick Hedge, and a four-run eighth inning, Penn State won for the fourth time in five games with a 7-4 victory over La Salle Tuesday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
Hedge stepped on the mound for the 10th time this season but made just his third start, struck out a career-high seven batters while walking two in 6 2/3 innings, although he was unable to earn the win. He struck out the side in the second, and gave up five hits and three runs, all earned. Ian Parvin pitched two innings of relief and earned the win, giving up two hits, a run and two walks with one strikeout. Neal Herring needed three pitches to earn his first save of the season.
Alex Farkes and J.J. White each had a pair of hits and drove in two runs, and Tyler Kendall also collected two hits. White and Aaron Novak each had doubles.
The game was knotted 3-3 in the bottom of the eighth when the Nittany Lions took control, with a two-run double for White, an RBI single for Kendall and a passed ball to plate the final run.
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Mark Williams (0-3), the fourth of five Explorer pitchers, took the loss.
The Nittany Lions are back on the field Wednesday, hosting Mount St. Marys.