Penn State Baseball

Penn State baseball: Welsh, Nittany Lions shut down Spartans

Greg Welsh pitched five-hit shutout while the Penn State offense piled up the hits in a 9-0 victory over Michigan State on Friday afternoon at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

Welsh (3-6) gave up two walks while striking out two in the first shutout of his career as he lowered his season ERA to 4.09.

The Nittany Lions (14-35, 4-19 Big Ten) racked up 17 hits, with every batter collecting at least one and all but two batters notching at least two hits. It was the team’s most hits in a game since amassing 19 in a 9-3 win at Houston Baptist on March 8.

J.C. Coban led the parade with a 3-for-5 day a the plate with a pair of RBIs.

Penn State blew the game open with a five-run third inning, using six hits and 10 batters, highlighted by Matt Paradise’s two-run double.

Zach Ell also plated a pair of runs in the game.

David Garner (4-5) took the loss for the Spartans (32-17, 11-9), allowing 11 hits, six runs and a walk with four strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings.

The teams meet for the final game of the weekend series, and the final game of the Nittany Lions’ season, at 1 p.m. Saturday for Senior Day at Medlar Field.