Penn State Baseball

Penn State baseball: Minnesota sweeps Nittany Lions

Minnesota rode a six-run first inning to a 9-5 win over Penn State, finishing a three-game sweep on Sunday.

After being limited to one run in the first two losses to the Golden Gophers, the Nittany Lions scored three runs in the top of the first inning. But Minnesota answered with six runs in the bottom of the first, scoring four runs on doubles by Matt Halloran, Jake Bergren and Jordan Smith.

Penn State starter Nick Distasio lasted just 2/3 of an inning, allowing all six runs on four hits in the loss. Minnesota starter Fred Manke allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits in 41/3 innings in the win.

Halloran finished 2 for 4 with two RBIs to lead the Gophers, who pushed their lead to 9-3 after four innings.

Alex Malinsky paced Penn State with two hits.