Drifton, PA - After posting a 7-1 record in recent weeks, the Nittany Lions stumbled on Friday afternoon in a pair of Penn State University Athletic Conference games against local rival Penn State Schuylkill. The Lions efforts fell short of matching Schuylkill's offensive output who compiled 30 hits on the day. Hazleton fell in game one by a score of 9-1, and again in game two by a score of 19-4 in five innings.
Game One: Penn State Schuylkill 9, Penn State Hazleton 1
Top 1: Ryan Boyer led off the game with single to centerfield and quickly found himself on third base with a two-base error in the outfield. Guy Visconti singled to score the runner from third and made his way to scoring position with a pair of stolen bases. A throwing error by the Lion's infield put Schuylkill up 2-0.
Top 4: Schuylkill mounts a two-out rally as Matt Perez doubles to left field, driving in a pair of runs. Ryan King followed drove in Perez from third base with single to right center field to put Schuylkill up by a score of 5-0.
Top 5: A pair of doubles by Chris Kreider and Tyler Starry plate Schuylkill's sixth unanswered run.
Top 6: Three singles from King, Boyer and Visconti load the bases for Schuylkill with one out. King scores on Hazleton error in the infield to increase the lead to 7-0.
Bottom 6: Charlie Karncher beats out an infield single and scores on a double by Corey Ryba to get the Nittany Lions on the board and cut the lead to 7-1.
Top 7: Tyler Starry adds connects for a solo home run to left field to tack on a run. Matt Perez reaches second base with a double to the gap in left and scores on the final Schuylkill run on an RBI single by King.
Behind the Box Score:
- Ryan Boyer dominant on the hill for Schuylkill, fanning 14 Hazleton batters in seven innings to earn the victory.
- Jared Carrelli throws complete game for Hazleton, allows four earned runs on 15 hits with no walks.
- Corey Ryba collects his 10th RBI of the season, going two for three at the plate.
Game Two: Penn State Schuylkill 19, Penn State Hazlton 4 (Final, 5 Innings)
Top 1: Schuylkill bats get hot, chasing Hazleton's Charlie Karchner from the ballgame after he retired the first two batters of the inning. Four singles, a pair of walks and an error plate six first inning runs for Schuylkill. The away team sends 11 batters to the plate, with Mack Ney delivering a two RBI single to inflict the most damage in the frame.
Top 2: Five hits from the Schuylkill offense add four more runs to the scoreboard, including a two run home run by Bill Stokes.
Bottom 4: Hazleton takes advantage of five Schuylkill errors to put four runs on the board. Max Mott collects an RBI on one of three Hazleton singles in the inning as the Lions send nine to the plate and tighten the score at 10-4.
Top 5: Schuylkill rebounds after the faulty inning in the field by working five walks and collecting five hits to seal the victory. Doubles from Stokes and Visconti drive in five of Schuylkill's nine runs scored in the inning.
Behind the Box Score:
- Hazleton pitching allows a combined 15 hits and eight walks, breaking the trend of quality starts in recent outings.
- Stokes and Visconti combine for eight RBI, four runs scored, two doubles, and a triple.
- Max Mott goes two for two at the plate with a double and an RBI to lead the Hazleton offense.
Next Up: The Nittany Lions will look to turn the corner after an off day at the diamond. The Lions continue their homestand on Sunday when Hazleton welcomes Penn State Fayette to the Drifton Sports Complex for early afternoon baseball.