Penn State Harrisburg 6, N.C. Wesleyan 0
1. McSorley ss, 2. Smith cf, 3. Williams lf, 4. Winters rf, 5. Van Houten 2b, 6. Barge dh, 7. Koroneos 1b, 8. Closson c, 9. Parks 3b, Riggs p
Titmus ss, 2. Pennington 2b, 3. Johnson rf, 4. Murray 1b, 5. Beaver c, 6. Lyon dh, 7. Padgett cf, 8. Vigo lf, 9. Posilero 3b, Tubb p
How It Happened
Behind a complete-game gem from starting pitcher Brandon Riggs, Penn State Harrisburg defeated N.C. Wesleyan 6-0 on Sunday afternoon, March 8.
Riggs was outstanding, allowing just four hits and one walk in nine innings of work to go along with six strikeouts. At the plate, Bret Williams, Travis Van Houten, Zachary Koroneos and Ben Closson all had multi-hit outings.
Closson got the scoring started with an RBI single that plated Van Houten in the top of the second before Van Houten got into the act thanks to a double that brought home Ryan McSorley and Bret Williams in the top of the fifth.
The Lions (3-3) tacked on three insurance runs in the top of the ninth thanks to RBI doubles from Williams and Van Houten, as well a wild pitch during the frame. A pair of Battling Bishops reached base in the bottom of the ninth but Riggs preserved the shutout by getting the final two batters to fly out to Chase Smith in center field.
At the Plate
- Travis Van Houten was 3-for-5 with two doubles, three RBI and a run scored.
- Bret Williams went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, two runs scored and an RBI.
- Ben Closson finished 2-for-4 with an RBI.
- Zachary Koroneos was 2-for-5 with a double.
On the Mound
- Brandon Riggs was stellar in earning the win, throwing a complete game and allowing just four hits and one walk in his nine innings of work. He also struck out six batters.
- Drew Tubb took the loss for N.C. Wesleyan, allowing three runs on nine hits and a walk before exiting after six innings.
- The Battling Bishops' reliever Chris Sullivan surrendered three runs on two walks and one hit in just 0.1 innings thrown.
Around the Diamond
- The Lions committed a pair of errors, while N.C. Wesleyan committed one.
- Third baseman Matt Parks tallied five assists on the day.
- Chase Smith accounted for five putouts in center field.
The Lions head to Myrtle Beach, S.C. for spring break, beginning with a doubleheader against Bethany (W.V.) on Monday night, March 9. First pitch for game one is set for 6 p.m.