The Diamond Lions have been in a lull lately, but Wednesday night their bats came to life, earning them the win following a three-game losing streak.
The game started off scoreless until Bucknell score the first run of the game at the top of the fifth inning with a two-out two-run hit from Luke Johnson. It was Penn State’s turn to bat and they didn’t disappoint, bringing in four hits at the bottom of the fifth. Conlin Hughes’ bat was explosive as he stepped up to the plate with bases loaded and ripped a triple, scoring three followed by Christian Helsel who grounded out and brought Hughes home for the fourth point.
The Bisons attempted to score again in the sixth inning but left empty handed with bases loaded. Penn State’s Austin Riggs hit an RBI-single and brought Brett Davis home for another point on the scoreboard. Bucknell’s Johnson scored the last point in the seventh with a double that brought Keifer Rawlings home.
Jake Pilewicz had his first career start on the mound with Penn State, pitching five innings and only allowing two hits on seven and three walks. Cole Bartels came in as a relief and walked with bases loaded. Taylor Lehman followed him, earning his first career save. Lehman pitched the last 3 1/3 innings only allowing on run on two hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Penn State (12-20) beat Bucknell, 5-3. The Nittany Lions will hit the road to play Maryland (21-11) in a three-game series Friday-Sunday.