Jim Haley’s three-run triple fueled a seven-run eighth inning as Penn State overcame a seven-run deficit to defeat No. 21 Indiana 13-7 in the second game of a doubleheader at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on Sunday.
The Hoosiers (15-5 overall, 1-1 Big Ten) outlasted the Nittany Lions (4-14, 1-1) 5-4 in 12 innings in the opener.
Indiana appeared to have the game in hand after Craig Dedelow hit reliever Marko Boricich’s first pitch deep over the right field wall for a grand slam in the top of the fourth inning to give the Hoosiers a 7-0 lead.
Trailing 7-2, Penn State closed to within a run with four in the seventh. Aaron Novak’s two-run single highlighted the inning in which the Hoosiers committed four errors.
Another error helped Penn State get started in the eighth. Greg Guers tied the game with a RBI single and Penn State went ahead when JJ White was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Haley followed with his triple to left to clear the bases. Christian Helsel added a RBI single and later scored on Taylor Skerpon’s bases loaded walk.
Tom Mullin pitched three innings of one-hit ball to pick up the win with one walk and two strikeouts. Dedelow’s homer was the only hit off Boricich.
Haley and Helsel had three hits each, while Guers had two.
Indiana led 4-0 in the opener until the Nittany Lions got even with three runs in the fourth and one in the fifth. The Hoosier broke through in the 12th as Dedelow doubled and scored on Scott Donley’s single.
Haley had three hits and Helsel drove in two runs for the Nittany Lions.