The Penn State baseball team beat Bucknell 9-5 on Tuesday evening at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, but not without a late fight from the visitors.
Bucknell second-baseman Joe Ogren hit a three-run, inside-the-park home run in the top of the seventh inning to add to an RBI single in the same frame by outfielder Brett Smith.
Pitcher Nick Distasio was pulled shortly after, and closer Jack Anderson came in to ultimately earn his ninth save of the year after allowing just one hit in two innings and no additional runs.
The Nittany Lions (23-14) got their bats going early, scoring five runs in the first inning. Greg Guers, who earned National Player of the Week honors from the National College Baseball Writers of America for his performaces last week, knocked in a run to start things off. A Willie Burger sacrifice fly and bases-loaded walk scored two more before Ryan Sloniger singled to score a pair of runs.
The team notched another two runs in the fifth inning on Sloniger’s double to right.
Penn State’Sloniger’s double to right.
Penn State’s Eli Nabolz (2-0) earned the win after allowing just two hits and a run through five innings, alongside five strikeouts and two walks. He also pitched three hitless innings to open the game.
The Nittany Lions head to Kent State on Wednesday for a 6 p.m. first pitch.