Baseball Tops Ursinus

Baseball Tops Ursinus

Penn State Harrisburg 7, Ursinus 5


Harrisburg Lineup

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


UC Lineup

1. Fiorentino cf, 2. Peiffer lf, 3. Mumme rf, 4. Moldoff 1b, 5. Scavone ss, 6. Stanziale dh, 7. Jacobs c, 8. Usowski 2b, 9. Gross 3b, Drea p


How It Happened

Penn State Harrisburg grabbed an early lead and held on for a 7-5 non-conference victory at Ursinus on Tuesday afternoon, March 26.


Travis Van Houten led the way with three hits, including a double, while Bret Williams, Chase Smith, Miguel Torres and Tyler Aug all had multi-hit games. Mason Vogwill earned the win on the mound after allowing just one earned run and striking out six batters. Brendan Riotto picked up the save.


The hometown Bears (8-6) got on the board first in the bottom of the first inning but the Lions (13-4-1) responded with a crooked number in the top of the second. A bases-loaded walk by Williams tied the score before a wild pitch allowed Tyler Aug to come across. Torres' single drove in the Ethan Kell and Williams and Van Houten's double down the right field line brought Torres home to put the Blue & White out in front 5-1.


Kell added another run when his sacrifice fly to right field allowed Casey Winters to score in the top of the third before Ursinus cut into the deficit by scoring its second run in the bottom of the fifth. Smith had an answer in the top of the sixth, however, with his single plating Williams to push the lead back to five runs.


The home team made things interesting with three runs in the bottom of the sixth but Austin Kunkel and Brendan Riotto combined to allow just one hit, no walks and no runs to the Bears in the final three stanzas.


At the Plate

- Travis Van Houten was 3-for-4 with a double, a walk and an RBI.

- Bret Williams finished 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored.

- Miguel Torres went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.

- Casey Winters was 1-for-2 with a double and a pair of runs scored.

- Tyler Aug went 2-for-4 with a run scored.


On the Mound

- Mason Vogwill got the start and the win for the Lions, scattering six hits and allowing just one earned runs in five innings. He also struck out six batters.

- Brad Richards, Austin Kunkel and Brendan Riotto all made relief appearances.

- Kunkel was stellar in two innings of work, striking out five batters without allowing a hit or a walk.

- Riotto earned the save, allowing one hit in the ninth frame.

- The Lions chased Ursinus starter David Drea from the game after three innings. He allowed six runs on seven hits.


Around the Diamond

- Penn State Harrisburg head coach Ryan Bown is an Ursinus alum and former all-conference pitcher for the Bears.

- Bret Williams stole the game's only base.

- The Lions committed three errors, leading to one unearned run.

- Ursinus committed a pair of errors but neither miscue led to unearned runs.

- Ryan McSorley had three assists from his third base position.


Who's Next?

The Lions host Penn College for another non-conference outing on Wednesday afternoon, March 27. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.


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