Penn State’s Tyler Kendall and Christian Helsel each hit their first career home runs to help the Nittany Lions beat Michigan State 5-3 on Friday.
It was Penn State’s fifth straight win, matching a season-high.
The Nittany Lions (18-26, 6-12 Big Ten) took a 1-0 lead on Kendall’s home run in the second inning. After the Spartans (29-19, 11-8) tied it in the fourth, Penn State’s J.J. White gave his team a 3-1 lead with a two-run single in the fifth.
Helsel then homered in the sixth to push Penn State’s lead to three runs.
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Penn State’s Nick Hedge earned the win, allowing three runs (one earned) on eight hits in 61/3 innings. Jack Anderson picked up the save, striking out four in 22/3 scoreless innings.
The teams continue the series Saturday at noon.
Michigan State’s Cam Vieaux allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings to take the loss.