Freshman pitcher Justin Hagenman was sharp on the mound while Willie Burger came through with the clutch hit to give Penn State a 5-3 win over Illinois and split a Saturday doubleheader.
Burger’s pinch-hit, bases-clearing double in the top of the ninth inning delivered the win in a game knotted 1-1 through eight innings. James Coates had been hit by a pitch one batter earlier to plate the go-ahead run before Burger’s shot.
Hagenman (4-1) gave up four hits, two walks, three runs and two earned runs while striking out six over 8 1/3 innings. Jack Anderson earned his seventh save of the season.
Jordan Bowersox hit a fourth-inning RBI single for the Nittany Lions’ earlier run.
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The Illini took the opening game of the day 6-1, behind a complete-game one-hitter from Doug Hayes, who struck out three and walked one.
Jim Haley tripled for the team’s only hit and scored on a Greg Guers ground out in the fourth inning.
Jason Goldstein and Anthony Drago both homered for Illinois, with Drago’s a three-run shot.
Penn State hosts Youngstown State on Tuesday.