The Penn State baseball team had runners on second and third with two outs in the ninth inning, but the Nittany Lions couldn’t pull even.
James Coates popped out for the final out of a 10-9 loss to Kent State on Wednesday night. Kent State reliever Zach Spangler pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win, and Zach Willeman pitched the ninth inning to pick up the save.
Penn State reliever Marko Boricich pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits to take the loss. Nittany Lions starting pitcher Nick Hedge allowed seven runs (five earned) and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings.
Jim Haley and Christian Helsel both went 3 for 5, and Conlin Hughes finished 3 for 4 for Penn State.
The Nittany Lions trailed 10-8 going into the ninth inning.
Burger led off with a single, Hughes drew a one-out walk and Leavitt singled to load the bases with one out. Helsel struck out, and Burger scored a passed ball to make it 10-9. Coates then popped out to end the game.
Kent State (27-10) took the lead in the seventh inning on an RBI single by Luke Burch and went ahead 10-8 on a solo home run by Conner Simonetti in the eighth.
The Nittany Lions (23-15) start a three-game road series against Rutgers at 3 p.m. Friday.