Held to two runs and seven hits in the first two games of the the series, Penn State’s offense erupted for 11 hits as the Nittany Lions prevented a weekend sweep with a 9-6 victory over Saint Mary’s on Sunday.
Trailing 6-5, the Nittany Lions took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the fifth. Zach Ell lead off with a double and Ryky Smith was hit by a pitch. After a bunt moved both runners up, Steve Snyder singled home Ell and Taylor Skerpon plated Smith with a sacrifice fly to make the score 7-5.
Greg Guers smacked an RBI double in sixth and added a sacrifice fly in the seventh for Penn State’s final runs.
Tyler Kendall led the Nittany Lion attack with three hits and drove in two runs. Guers added two hits and three RBIs and Alex Malinsky had two hits.
St. Mary’s (7-8) also had 11 hits, but could not crack Jack Anderson. The Nittany Lions reliever pitched the 5 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball, allowing just two hits, while striking out six and not allowing a walk. Anderson improved to 3-0 on the season and lowered his ERA to 1.38.
The Nittany Lions (4-8) travel to Fresno State (11-4) for games Tuesday and Wednesday.