Greg Guers blasted a bases-clearing three-run double with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning as Penn State rallied to defeat Villanova 5-2 at a chilly Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on Wednesday.
Penn State’s rally started when James Coates drew a one-out walk. He advanced a base on Ryan Richter’s single to center and Alex Malinsky reached on an error, Villanova’s fourth of the game, to load the bases with one out.
Wildcats reliever Max Almonte had a chance to get out of the jam after getting Taylor Skerpon on an infield pop-up. Almonte had Guers down on a 1-2 count before the sophomore ripped his game-winning double.
Villanova threatened in the ninth. Sal Biasi relieved after Jack Anderson walked the leadoff hitter in the top of the ninth. Biasi gave up a one out-single and hit a batter with two outs to load the bases. On a 2-2 count, Biasi fanned Kevin Jewitt looking to end the game and earn his first dave of the season.
Anderson (2-2) picked the win with 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. He allowed just one hit, walked three and struck out two. Penn State starter Geoff Boylston allowed eight hits, two runs (one earned) with no walks and three strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
Villanova drew first blood in the third.
B.J. Bochicchio singled to left to open the inning and moved to second on a bunt and to third on a groundout. Bochicchio scored when Nittany Lion left fielder Coates booted a ball hit by Donovan May.
The Wildcats (7-12) made it 2-0 with a run in the fifth. David Gulati singled with one out and moved up a base when Emmanuel Morris singled. Adam Goss’ two-out single to center field plated Gulati.
Penn State got even in the bottom of the fifth. Malinsky led off by being hit with a pitch and moved to second on Skerpon’s single. Guers’ sacrifice bunt put both runners in scoring position. With two outs, JJ White reached on an error to score Malinsky and Jim Haley’s single to center tied the contest.
Villanova outhit Penn State 10-7, but made two more errors. Goss had three hits for the Wildcats. Second baseman Skerpon had two hits for the Nittany Lions and made an excellent defensive play to leave the bases loaded in the top of the seventh.
The Wildcats left 12 on base, while Penn State left 10.
Penn State (5-14), which has won four of its last five, hosts a three-game weekend series against Central Connecticut, starting Friday ay 5:30 p.m.