Baseball Handles Penn State Berks In Home Opener

Baseball Handles Penn State Berks In Home Opener

Penn State Harrisburg 7, Penn State Berks 1


Harrisburg Lineup

1. Williams lf, 2. Smith cf, 3. Torres ss, 4. Van Houten dh, 5. Winters rf, 6. McSorley 3b, 7. Koroneos 1b, 8. Aug c, 9. Struve 2b, Vogwill p


Berks Lineup

1. Madeja lf, 2. Hughes 2b, 3. Welk ss, 4. Salerno cf, 5. Pennypacker rf, 6. Welch dh, 7. Yergey 1b, 8. Kreitz 3b, 9. Esz c, Skrocki p


How It Happened

Penn State Harrisburg's home opener was a resounding success thanks to a decisive 7-1 victory over soon-to-be North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) foe Penn State Berks on Wednesday afternoon, March 13.


Seven pitchers in Mason Vogwill, Michael De Leon, Tyler Jackson, Nick Fitzgerald, Phoenix Spiller, Tyler Stabley and John Olcott combined to allow just one run and five hits, while Jackson Struve drove in a game-high three runs and Ryan McSorley and Zachary Koroneos scored two runs each.


The Lions (6-2-1) got on the board first when Koroneos was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the third inning. Tyler Aug drove in the second run with a bases-loaded walk and Struve's single to right field plated McSorley and Koroneos to push the advantage to 4-0 heading into the fourth frame.


The visitors got one run back thanks to a double in the top of the fourth but the Blue & White tacked on two more in the bottom of the fifth when Struve's sacrifice fly brought McSorley across and a Williams RBI ground ball allowed Koroneos to cross the plate.


The home team put a cap on the scoring when Penn State Harrisburg executed a double steal to perfection in the bottom of the seventh, when Tucker Ell took off for second and drew a throw before Dallas Hite beat the ensuing throw home to make it 7-1.


At the Plate

- Jackson Struve went 1-for-2 with a walk and a game-high three RBI.

- Ryan McSorley and Zachary Koroneos scored two runs apiece.

- McSorley's double was Penn State Harrisburg's lone extra-base hit of the game.

- Bret Williams, Tyler Aug and Koroneos each drove in one run.

- Penn State Berks' Toby Welk was the only player to have a multi-hit outing.


On the Mound

- Mason Vogwill got the start and the win for Penn State Harrisburg, allowing one hit in two innings.

- Michael De Leon was impressive in 1.1 innings of work, allowing no hits and no walks and striking out two batters.

- Tyler Jackson, Phoenix Spiller and John Olcott also recorded two strikeouts apiece.

- Nick Fitzgerald and Tyler Stabley kept Penn State Berks off the board in each of their innings on the rubber.

- The Lions chased Berks' starter Drew Skrocki from the game after he allowed three hits and four walks in 2.2. innings.


Around the Diamond

- Penn State Harrisburg stole eight bases, with Tyler Aug and Jackson Struve swiping two bags each.

- The visitors committed two errors, while the Blue & White had one miscue.

- Struve recorded two putouts at second base and assisted on three more.

- Shortstop Miguel Torres had two putouts and assisted on a pair.


Who's Next?

The Lions open Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) play when they host St. Mary's (Md.) for doubleheader action on Saturday afternoon, March 16.


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