Penn State Baseball

Late runs help Penn State edge Northwestern in baseball

Penn State scored a run in each of the final two innings Friday to beat Northwestern 4-2 to open their three-game weekend series.

Willie Berger paced the Nittany Lion offense with a 3 for 4 day, staking the Nittany Lions (20-14, 6-4 Big Ten) to an early lead with a two-run home run in the second inning.

A Jim Haley sacrifice fly plated the winning run in the eighth inning, and Jordan Bowersox added an insurance run with an RBI single in the top of the ninth.

Greg Guers also was 3 for 4 as part of the 10-hit attack, while Jack Anderson earned the win with three shutout innings of relief, striking out three, walking one and not allowing a hit. Anderson, starter Taylor Lehman and Dakota Forsyth combined to allow just four Wildcat hits.

Matt Hofner’s RBI single in the fifth and Jack Dunn scoring on an error after stealing third base accounted for the Northwestern runs. The Wildcats had a runner on base in each of the first eight innings but stranded 11 for the game.

The teams meet again at 3 p.m. Saturday.