Penn State pulls off upset
From Mirror reports
OMAHA, Neb. — The Penn State baseball team earned a 5-2 win over Iowa to open the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday at Schwab Field.
Matt Wood launched a three-run homer in the sixth inning, and pitchers Tyler Shingledecker and Travis Luensmann combined to hold the Hawkeyes to two hits.
The Nittany Lions, the No. 6 seed in the bracket, earned their first Big Ten Tournament win since 2008. Penn State (26-27) will play Rutgers, the No. 2 seed, today in the second round.
Iowa (33-18), the No. 3 seed, plays Purdue this morning at 10 a.m. The PSU-Rutgers game will start 40 minutes following the end of the Iowa-Purdue game.
Shingledecker tossed 5ª innings, allowing one earned run on one hit and two walks. He struck out eight batters, including the side in the fifth. Shingledecker earned his seventh win of the season.
Luensmann, a Bellwood-Antis graduate, tossed the final 3• innings, allowing no runs on one hit and two walks. The sophomore struck out seven batters, including three in the eighth and two in the ninth.
Penn State scored five runs on seven hits and seven walks. Besides his home run, Wood also drew two walks and scored two runs. Jay Harry collected two hits, including a double, and scored two runs. Anthony Steele added a two-run single.
With two outs in the sixth, Derek Cease was hit by a pitch and Harry drew a walk. On a 3-2 pitch, Wood launched a fly ball that landed on the concourse beyond right field for a three-run homer and a 5-1 lead.