DuBois, Pa. - The Nittany fell in a pair of road games on Wednesday at the hands of Penn State Dubois. Hazleton faced tough pitching from a home squad that stifled the Lions' offense while misplays in the field contributed to the two game defeat. Hazleton lost game one in five innings by the score of 14-2, then fell in game two by a score of 4-0.
Game 1: Penn State DuBois 14, Penn State Hazleton 2 (Final 5 Innings)
The Nittany Lions fell victim to six errors in the first three innings against a DuBois squad allowing just 3.8 per game to Penn State University Athletic Conference opponents. DuBois took full advantage of the misplays, notching nine runs in the first three frames to pull well ahead of Hazleton in the early goings. Hazleton would add a run in the second inning on sacrifice fly by sophomore Max Mott (Harrisburg, Pa.), but were unable to find the big hit with the bases loaded. The Lions got the first two runners aboard in the third frame, but a successful double play from the DuBois defense limited the damage to a two-out RBI single from junior Aaron Glass (Shippensburg, Pa.). DuBois would add five more runs in the fourth inning to silence the Lions hope for a comeback, ending the game in five innings by a score of 14-2.
Game 2: Penn State DuBois 4, Penn State Hazleton 0
Freshman Eric Varner (Berwick, Pa.) pitched five strong innings for Hazleton, allowing just two earned runs to the DuBois offense. A defensive miscue in the first frame extended the inning, adding two additional DuBois scores in the process, putting Hazleton down 3-0 through one inning of play. DuBois would add an insurance run in the third frame via the home run, turning the game over to their pitching staff. DuBois used a committee of arms that limited the Lions to just four hits scattered over the seven innings of play, shutting out the Lions by a final score of 4-0.
Hazleton looks to get back in the win column when they travel Thursday as PSUAC play continues. If the weather holds, the Lions will match up with Penn State Worthington Scranton on April 7th for a 2:00 p.m. double-header.