Penn State Altoona sweeps Mt. Aloysius

CRESSON — Penn State Altoona baseball recorded its second sweep in as many doubleheaders on Thursday afternoon, when it picked up a pair of important Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference wins against local rival Mount Aloysius College at Calandra-Smith Field.

The Lions (12-17, 7-7 AMCC) prevailed 16-8 in game one before posting a 10-7 comeback win in game two to secure their third doubleheader sweep of the season.

“Two huge wins for us. Our guys are hopefully starting to click at the right time,” Penn State Altoona coach R.J. Barnard said.

Dylan Bates got the start on the mound in game one and recorded his first career win. Sawyer Kline tossed one scoreless inning with a strikeout, and Hunter Johnson followed with one inning pitched.

Hunter Breon went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, a walk, three runs batted in, and two runs scored. Richard Carey also had three RBI, going 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Catcher Cumming was 2-for-3 with two doubles, two RBI, two walks, two stolen bases, and four runs scored.

As a team, Penn State Altoona finished with seven stolen bases, the second-highest total in a single game in Lions baseball history.

After Matt McCourt’s two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning put Mount Aloysius (9-22, 6-7 AMCC) on the board, the Lions answered with a four-run top of the second. McCourt hit his second home run of the game, a three-run shot in the bottom of the third that knotted the score 5-5 for Mount Aloysius.

But Penn State Altoona reclaimed the lead for good in the fifth. Cumming’s RBI double to right brought in one run, and he later scored on an error.

In game two, Penn State Altoona overcame a 5-2 deficit to post a 10-7 win.

Breon had a big game, going 4-for-5 with a double, a stolen base, and two runs scored. Sawyer Duffey batted 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI, and two runs.

Clouser was 2-for-5 with his third home run of the season, an RBI, and three runs scored.

Mount Aloysius grabbed a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third when Aaron Shinn stole home and Singe knocked in two more runs with his double to left-center.

Clouser’s solo homer in the top of the fourth put the Lions on the board, and Peter Jacobs’ RBI double in the fifth cut the Mounties’ lead to 3-2. But the home team countered with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Singe’s RBI single to shortstop plated one run, and he later scored on an outfield error to make it 5-2.

Penn State Altoona came back with three runs in the top of the eighth. Clouser scored on an error to tie the score again, and Duffey’s sac fly put Penn State Altoona back on top. Breon stole home to make it 8-6.

Playoff berth at stake

The Blair United/Hollidaysburg Area Rugby Club has a playoff spot on the line this Sunday, with a win making the second-year team eligible for the state rugby playoffs.

BU-Hollidaysburg will play at Kiski Valley at their home field in Vandergrift on Sunday at 3 p.m.

With a win, Blair United will play a team from the eastern part of the state on May 13. A loss means its season ends on May 6 at Tiger Stadium vs. Indiana. That game starts at noon.

Rugby is in its second year in Blair County as a senior high sport.