“Terrible Tuesday” was exactly as it sounds as Penn State fell to Pitt (16-17) at home, 9-1.
The “Terrible Tuesday” promotion night at – included free food to the first 50 students and a $5.99 burger, fries and soda deal to those who did not receive free food. The first 500 fans received “Beat Pitt” Thunderstix and students were encouraged to tweet their suggestions for the worst walkup songs to be played during the top half of innings. One lucky fan was selected to try an inning as the play-by-play radio announcer and another was the PA announcer for an inning.
Pitt took the game early with their first run scored in the first inning. Panther’s Jacob Wright hit a leadoff triple followed by Caleb Perry who brought him home with a RBI single. The game remained scoreless until the fourth when Pitt brought in two runs due to wild pitches followed by a sacrifice fly in the fifth bringing the game to 6-0. Pitt brought in another three runs in the sixth, unearned from an infield error.
The Nittany Lions avoided a complete shutout by scoring their first and only run of the game in the bottom of the ninth inning. A pitch hit Goodnight, walking him and Helsel walked. With two runners on, Mason Nadeau singled to left to bring Goodnight home. The night ended with 10 hits from Penn State that were overlooked by their five errors and 8 hits from Pitt. Four Pitt pitchers held the Nittany Lions to only one run. Chris Gomez was credited the win, with 4 2/3 innings pitched and only allowing five hits, two walks and five strikeouts. Schuyler Bates was credited with the loss for Penn State. He pitched the first 3 1/3 innings, allowing four runs, two of which were unearned, on five hits, one walk and two strikeouts.
Penn State (12-24) will take a short break and return to play Northwestern at home this weekend, starting on Friday. As a part of the annual Blue and White weekend, Friday’s game will conclude with a firework show. Saturday is the White Out game where fans are encouraged to wear white and white shakers will be provided. Former Nittany Lion and Pittsburg Steelers player Jesse James will make an appearance at Saturday’s game. Sunday is the “Salute to Service” game where Veterans and First Responders will be honored.