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.
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Haley and Richter led Penn State with two hits each.
The two teams will meet again at 1 p.m. Sunday.