Penn State baseball won the first of a crucial three-game road series against Nebraska 7-4 on Friday night.
In doing so, the Nittany Lions drew even with Michigan State and the Cornhuskers in the Big Ten Tournament-berth race. The three teams are tied for fourth place, with the results of the Spartans’ game against Iowa pending. The tournament accepts the top eight teams in the conference; Penn State entered the series in a three-way tie for sixth place with ninth-place Illinois just a game back.
Penn State (27-23) got a big boost in the bottom of the eighth inning from senior outfielder Greg Guers.
He hit a three-run home run to right field to plate Jim Haley and Nick Riotto and put the Nittany Lions up 5-1 over Nebraska in the top of the eighth inning.
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The Cornhuskers tacked on two runs in the bottom of the frame, however, and scored once more against closer Jack Anderson to come within three runs before Penn State was able to end the outing.
Anderson earned his 13th save of the year, a school record, while starter Nick Hedge (5-2) got the win after pitching seven innings with seven hits, three runs, five strikeouts and four walks from a 2.88 ERA.
Penn State will play Nebraska again on Saturday at 3:05 p.m.