Penn State Harrisburg 13, Susquehanna 2
1. Smith cf, 2. Torres ss, 3. Williams lf, 4. Van Houten, 5. McSorley 3b, 6. Aug c, 7. Koroneos 1b, 8. Angstadt rf, 9. Struve 2b, Fitzgerald p
1. Roumes ss, 2. Burman 3. Berger cf, 4. Lorenz lf, 5. Schrek dh, 6. Yarem c, 7. Burman 3b, 8. Miller rf, 9. Dombrowski 2b, McKenna p
How It Happened
Penn State Harrisburg's recent roll continued with an impressive 13-2 victory at Susquehanna in non-conference action on Wednesday afternoon, March 20.
The Lions (11-2-1) tallied five extra-base hits, including four doubles, led by four base knocks from Bret Williams. Travis Van Houten racked up a game-high four RBI thanks to a home run and a double, while Miguel Torres and Ryan McSorley also had multi-hit outings. Brad Richards earned his second win of the season on the mound after throwing 3.2 innings.
The Blue & White struck first when Van Houten's double plated Williams in the top of the first. The visitors doubled their lead when Jackson Struve's sacrifice fly allowed Tyler Aug to come home in the top of the second.
Three scoreless innings ensued before the River Hawks (2-7) got on the board in the bottom of the sixth. That run seemed to spark the Penn State Harrisburg bats, however, as the team blew the game wide open in the top of the seventh.
Van Houten continued his outstanding start to the 2019 campaign with a 3-run home run over the fence in center field that brought Williams and Torres around with him before Casey Winters' sac fly scored McSorley. Chase Smith capped the stanza's scoring with a single that plated Zachary Koroneos and Tyler Aug, pushing the advantage to a comfortable 8-1.
The scoring continued in the top of the eighth when Williams doubled to left center field, driving in Torres in the process. McSorley followed it up with a double of his own, allowing Williams to come across and make it 10-1.
The top of the ninth saw the Blue & White tack on three more runs when a Matt Parks' single pushed Struve across and a Susquehanna error on a Ryan McSorley ground ball allowed Tucker Ell and Parks to put a cap on the team's scoring.
At the Plate
- Bret Williams led the way, going 4-for-5 with a double, three runs scored and an RBI.
- Travis Van Houten supplied the power, going 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, a walk and four RBI.
- Miguel Torres added a pair of base knocks.
- Tyler Aug joined Torres as players to score two runs on the day.
On the Mound
- Nick Fitzgerald got the start, throwing two innings and not allowing an earned run.
- Brad Richards earned the win after going 3.2 innings and allowing just one earned run on two hits and a walk.
- Tyler Jackson threw 1.1 innings and struck out a pair of River Hawks.
Around the Diamond
- Miguel Torres stole a pair of bases for the Lions.
- SU swiped one bag on the day.
- The River Hawks committed three errors that led to four unearned runs.
- Penn State Harrisburg was clean in the field.
- Chase Smith had three putouts in center field.
- Second baseman Jackson Struve had five putouts and assisted on five more.
The Lions return to Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) play when they host York (Pa.) for the first two games of a weekend series on Saturday afternoon, March 23.