College Corner: PSU Altoona playing at the Point
The Penn State Altoona baseball team is scheduled to play at a pair of notable ballparks this week.
The Lions will face Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference rival Mount Aloysius College on Tuesday in a doubleheader at Johnstown’s historic Point Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.
The matchup will represent the first AMCC games of the season for both teams, as spring weather has forced a slew of postponements in each squad’s schedule. Conference doubleheaders scheduled for Saturday at Penn State Altoona and Mount Aloysius were both postponed.
On Wednesday, Penn State Altoona will take on another regional rival, Juniata College, at Penn State’s Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. The squads will play one nine-inning game beginning at 1 p.m. in State College.
The Lions (5-10) are currently led at the plate by sophomore second baseman Jordan Swope, a Tussey Mountain High School graduate, who is hitting .351 with eight runs batted in.
On the mound, freshman pitcher Derek Totaro of Lancaster has become one of the conference’s up-and-coming stars, posting a 0.99 earned run average and a 2-0 record in five appearances.
Senior closer Matt Gehret, an Altoona Area High School graduate, remains one of the top relievers in the AMCC, as he holds a 3.18 ERA with a pair of saves in five appearances this year.