PSU battles back, but falls to Rutgers

Area baseball

OMAHA, Neb. — Second-seeded Rutgers wasted all of a stellar start from Nathan Florence before getting a sacrifice fly from Richie Schiekofer in the top of the 10th inning to beat No. 6 seed Penn State 5-4 in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament on Friday.

Rutgers (43-14) set a program record for victories in a single season in advancing to Saturday’s nightcap. The Scarlett Knights opponent will be determined by play earlier Saturday. Penn State (26-28) will play an elimination game against No. 3 seed Iowa in Saturday’s first game.

Rutgers cruised into the bottom of the ninth inning with a 4-0 lead behind Florence. The right-hander struck out a career-high 10 batters, allowed just three hits and left after walking lead-off batter Cole Bartels in the ninth. Florence’s eight innings of work and 103 pitches thrown were season highs for the Scarlet Knights staff.

The Nittany Lions jumped all over Florence’s replacement Ben Gorski after Gorski retired his first batter on a foul pop. Matt Wood doubled to right to send Bartels to third and Josh Spiegel followed with a walk to load the bases. Anthony Steele drove in a run with a ground out that advanced the runners. Billy Gerlott cut the deficit to 4-2 with an RBI single and Johnny Piacentino followed with a two-run double to left field, advancing to third on a bobble by Mike Nyisztor to tie the game.

That was it for Gorski. Sam Bello (6-2) entered and after an intentional walk to Kyle Hannon, Bello struck out C.J. Pittaro on a 3-2 pitch to send the game to extra innings.

Steven Miller (3-4) took the mound in the 10th for Penn State and promptly hit lead-off batter Chris Brito with a pitch. Josh Kuroda-Grauer singled to right to send Brito to third and Schiekofer followed with his game-winning sac fly.

Rutgers scored the game’s first run in the top of the sixth inning on a RBI double by Nick Cimillo.

Penn State plays Iowa in an elimination game at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Greater City League

Pro Fab Solutions notched its first victory of the season with an 18-8 victory over Honey Baked Ham in six innings in the Altoona Greater City Baseball League at Vets Field on Friday.

Pro Fab broke open a 9-8 game with nine runs in the bottom of the sixth to bring the mercy rule into effect.

Brayden Hoover went 2-for-2 with three RBIs, Caleb Jandora, Bryce Martellacci and Luke Mento each had two hits and two RBIs, and Michael Buck drove in a pair of runs.

Ian Yon collected two hits and two RBIs for Honey Baked Ham, now 0-4, Mike Folcarelli had two hits, and Justin Charlton drove in two runs.

HONEY BAKED HAM (8): Carrieri rf-p 111, Rossman 3b-p-ss 421, Yon ss-p-rf 412, J. Gority 1b 310, D. Georgiana p-3b 411, M. Folcarelli lf 402, Charlton cf 301, M. Georgiana 2b 210, Yasulitis c 311. Totals — 28-8-9.

PRO FAB SOLUTIONS (18): Jandora ss 432, Martellacci cf 522, K. Weiland 3b 120, Mento 1b 422, Nichols c 000, Buck c 231, S. Gority 2b 220, B. Hoover lf-p 222, Surkovich p 301, Morgan rf 010, Storm rf-lf 310. Totals — 26-18-10.


Honey Baked Ham 000 062 X– 8 9 3

Pro Fab Solutions 015 309 X–18 10 2

E–Yon, D. Georgiana, Yasulitis, Jandora, B. Hoover. 2B–D. Georgiana, Jandora 2, B. Hoover. 3B–Martellacci. RBI–Yon 2, D. Georgiana, Charlton 2, Rossman, B. Hoover 3, Jandora 2, Martellacci 2, Mento 2, Buck 2, Surkovich, Morgan, Storm. WP–Surkovich. LP–D. Georgiana. SO–D. Georgiana 1, Rossman 2, Yon 2, Surkovich 6, B. Hoover 1. BB–D. Georgiana 3, Rossman 3, Yon 3, Carrieri 5, Surkovich 3, B. Hoover 1.

Records: Honey Baked Ham (0-4); Pro Fab Solutions (1-3).

Altoona Teener League

Gingrich Insurance improved its Altoona Teener Baseball League Minor Division-leading record to 11-2 with an 8-2 win over Shaw Forestry at Seitz Field on Friday.

Ethan Reffner was the winning pitcher, and Will Lower and Andrew Clark had multiple hits for Gingrich. Adam McKillop and Michael Colyer each had two hits for Shaw.

GINGRICH INSURANCE 8, SHAW FORESTRY 2: Multiple hits–Clark, Lower (GI); McKillop, Colyer (SF). WP–Reffner. LP–McCloskey. SO–Reffner 2, Clark 4, Davis 1 (GI); McCloskey 6 (SF).

Records: Shaw Forestry (5-6-1); Gingrich Insurance (11-2).


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