Penn State Baseball

Penn State baseball: Nittany Lions falter to Liberty in ninth inning

Penn State rallied for two runs in the top of the ninth to tie the game, but Liberty scored the winning run in the bottom of the inning on a hit batter to triumph 7-6 on Saturday.

Trailing 6-4, the Nittany Lions (1-12) got even in the ninth. Jim Haley doubled and Christian Helsel walked to open the inning. After an out, Ryan Richter chased both runners home with a triple to left-center to tie the game. A strikeout and groundout prevented Richter from giving Penn State the lead.

Liberty loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth on a hit batter, a walk and an error. The Nittany Lions were poised to get out of the inning after a force at the plate and a strikeout, but reliever Jack Anderson hit Nick Paxton with a 1-0 pitch to end the game.

Penn State scored four times in the fourth to take a 4-1 lead. Nick Graham’s two-run single capped the outburst. Richter singled in a run and Helsel had a sacrifice fly.

Haley and Richter led Penn State with two hits each.

The two teams will meet again at 1 p.m. Sunday.