PSU Altoona advances

The No. 3 seeded Penn State Altoona baseball team used a pair of dramatic victories on Saturday afternoon at Stewart Athletic Field to win this weekend’s Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Tournament first round, best-of-three series over No. 6 seed Pitt-Greensburg.

“Two hard-fought victories,” Penn State Altoona coach RJ Barnard said. “We trailed in both games, but like always, we battled back.”

In game one, Penn State Altoona (26-14) overcame a late, one-run deficit by scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth to leap ahead and win 4-3. In game two, the Lions came back to win 8-7 in extra innings, getting a walk-off, two-out RBI single from George Stiuso.

“Each game, it seems like someone different steps up. (Dylan) Bates, who struggled most of the year at the plate, came up huge in the opener,” said Barnard. “In game two, Austin (Anderson) had a big hit to tie it after a rough day, and George ended it. I’m very proud of George after all he’s been through this week. I was shocked that they pitched to him.”

Penn State Altoona advanced to the conference championship rounds, hosted at top seed La Roche University in Pittsburgh. The Lions will start the championship rounds with a matchup against No. 2 seed Penn State Behrend on Thursday at 1 p.m.

The Mount Aloysius baseball team will play its third and deciding game today at 11 a.m. in Cresson. Mount lost the first game to Alfred State, 5-1, but came back to win the second, 14-13.

Softball team beaten

ERIE — The No. 6 seeded Penn State Altoona softball’s postseason run came to an end, when the Lady Lions lost 9-0 in five innings to No. 1 Penn State Behrend during day two of the AMCC Tournament.

The Lady Lions (18-20) were held to just one hit, while top-seeded Behrend (26-10) stamped out nine runs and ended the game early via the eight-run rule.

The Mount Aloysius softball team defeated Franciscan, 5-4, in nine innings to stay unbeaten in the tourney. The Mount will play the winner of Franciscan and Penn State Behrend today and will need one win out of a possible two games to claim the league title.