Penn State Baseball

Penn State baseball: Novak’s bat hands Nittany Lions first win

Aaron Novak’s monster day at the plate Sunday finally put the Penn State baseball team in the win column.

Novak smacked four hits, including two home runs and a double, drove in eight runs and scored four as the Nittany Lions blasted Charleston Southern 18-6 on Sunday. Novak tied a school record for RBIs in a game.

With Penn State trailing 2-1, Novak cracked a two-run double in a three-run third. With the score tied at 5-5, he had an RBI single in a six-run sixth that was aided by a three-run error on a dropped fly ball. He cracked a two-run homer in a three-run seventh and blasted a three run-shot in a four-run ninth.

The Nittany Lions (1-8) belted 15 hits in the contest. Taylor Skerpon had three, while J.J. White and Nick Riotto added two each. Jim Haley scored three runs. The 18 runs were the most in nearly five years for Penn State.

Freshman Marko Boricich picked up his first collegiate victory with 41/3 innings of strong relief. Boricich allowed one run on three hits, while striking out four and walking two.

Ryan Maxsim had two hits and drove in two for Charleston Southern (7-5).

Penn State plays South Carolina (12-3) on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Gamecocks won back-to-back NCAA titles in 2010 and 2011.