Penn State took on Big Ten opponent Indiana in their home territory, — park, for the first time since 2013. The Nittany Lions were off to a good start, winning their first game of the series on Friday night, but it slowly went down hill.
The Nittany Lions kicked off the weekend strong with a win on Friday night, their second of the week after sealing a victory in West Virginia on Tuesday. Logan Goodnight had the Nittany Lions first run of the game with a triple in the third inning. Conlin Hughes ran the score up 2-0 after hitting a home run. Indian’s catcher, Ryan Fineman, put his team on the board with a two out RBI-single in the fourth. Sal Biasi pitched seven innings for Penn State, throwing 118 pitches total. He was followed by Taylor Lehman in the eighth inning but was replaced by Nick Distasio in the ninth inning after Indiana brought the score up to 3-2. Penn State sealed the win, 5-2, with two insurance homeruns in the ninth inning, one being from Brett Davis, and his first of the season.
Saturday, Justin Hagerman kept Indiana scoreless for the first three innings but he lost control once the Hoosiers came up to bat in the fourth, scoring two runs on three hits. The brought the score up to 3-0 after hitting a home run in the fifth inning. The Nittany Lions finally hit some runs in the sixth inning but didn’t score. They got close with the bases loaded but a ground ball hit by Helsel gave the Hoosiers the third out of the inning. Penn State score in both the seventh and eighth inning but their scoring would stop there. Indiana gained two more runs in the seventh inning, sealing the 5-2 victory.
The Hoosiers would take the series as they shut down the Nittany Lions with a 10-2 victory on Sunday afternoon. Indiana took an early lead with three runs scored alone in the first inning. Hughes would hit an RBI single to bring in Mason Nadeau from second base to give the Nittany Lions their first run scored in the fifth inning but the Hoosiers would quickly answer back with their own run at the bottom of the fifth. Indiana scored another two in the sixth inning and four in the bottom of the eight. Attempting to run up the score, Penn State gained their last run in the ninth inning, handing Indiana the W.
Indiana will host this year’s Big Ten conference tournament but the chances of seeing Penn State play in it are slim-to-none.
The Lions (16-35) will head home to Medlar Field at Lubrano Park to finish up their season starting with a matchup between Villanova on Tuesday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. They will then host a three game series against Nebraska Thursday and Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m. Members of the Nittany Lions Football team will make an appearance at Saturday’s game and host an autograph session before the game from 10-11 a.m. Fans will also have the opportunity to take photos with the Big Ten Championship trophy.