Penn State Baseball

Nittany Lions, Illini split baseball doubleheader

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.

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.

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