Penn State Baseball Preview vs Mt. Saint Mary’s
Penn State is set to stay at home on Wednesday for a quick out-of-conference tilt against the Mount Saint Mary’s Mountaineers.
The Nittany Lions come into the matchup riding high off a series victory, taking two of three games against the Purdue Boilermakers.
Penn State’s bats got off to a great start in the opening game of the series.
After the Boilermakers took an early 4-0 lead, the Nittany Lions responded by scoring eight runs in the third inning and didn’t look back from there to capture a 12-7 win.
The middle game of the series saw a similar performance offensively, this time coming from Purdue.
The Boilermakers won 11-5 despite two Penn State home runs.
Penn State would respond by winning the rubber match in what was the closest matchup of the three games.
Designated hitter Josh Spiegel went off for four hits and four RBIs to lead Penn State to a 7-5 win.
The Nittany Lions will now be taking on a Mountaineers team which has struggled to this point of the season.
Mount Saint Mary’s enters the game with a 9-21 record which includes a 4-8 mark in conference.
The Mountaineers are coming into the matchup having been swept by Fairleigh Dickinson over the weekend and losing all three games by nine runs or more.
Two players are hitting over .300 for the Mountaineers with Tristian McAlister leading the way with a .336 clip to go along with 19 RBIs and 17 stolen bases in 30 starts this season.
Looking at the pitching staff, of all pitchers on the roster who have made more than one appearance this season, no one has an ERA below four.
This will be the last game of the Nittany Lions four-game homestand before they hit the road to continue conference play against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
As for Mount Saint Mary’s, they are looking to snap a four-game losing streak on the road. It’s roadtrip will continue following this matchup as they take on Central Connecticut this weekend.
This will be a big game for the blue and white as it looks to keep the bats hot for that upcoming matchup.
Logan Bourandas is a third-year majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email firstname.lastname@example.org.