Penn State Baseball Swept On The Road At Iowa


Penn State baseball (14-29, 2-12 Big Ten) had a tough weekend in Iowa City, dropping all three of its games against the Hawkeyes at Duane Banks Field — 4-2, 8-2, and 9-1.

How It Happened

Game One

Iowa scored a run in four straight innings, from the second through the fifth, on its way to a 4-2 victory over the Nittany Lions in the top half of a doubleheader Friday night. Penn State finished with just four hits in the loss and added four errors in the field. Starter Sal Biasi (4-5) took the loss after surrendering four hits in three innings of work.

Game Two

Weather concerns forced the teams to play a second straight game starting after 10:30 p.m. CT that stretched well into Saturday morning. Iowa scored four runs in the bottom of the second inning to take an early lead over the Nittany Lions — one it wouldn’t relinquish. Penn State delivered a run in the top of the eighth and ninth, but it was too late to mount a comeback, as Iowa prevailed 8-2. Starter Justin Hagenman (1-8) finished on the losing end with five earned runs in four innings on the mound. The Hawkeyes outhit the Nittany Lions 9-5.

Game Three

Braxton Giavedoni and Nick Riotto led the way offensively for the Nittany Lions from the three and four spot of the lineup, as both went 3 for 4 from the plate. Riotto knocked in Penn State’s lone RBI of the night in the top of the fifth, scoring Christian Helsel on a single to right field. Starter Eric Mock turned in a strong performance with six strikeouts in five innings and no earned runs. Reliever Cole Bartels (0-2) was tabbed with the loss, and Iowa topped the Nittany Lions in hits, 12-10. The Hawkeyes scored all nine of their runs in the 9-1 win in the seventh and eighth innings.

Player Of The Series

Nick Riotto | Senior | Left fielder

The Washington, Pa., native finished the weekend with five hits and an RBI.

What’s Next?

Penn State will host Minnesota for a three-game conference series this Friday through Sunday at Medlar Field.

Photo By: Chris Sponagle

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Ethan Kasales

Ethan Kasales is a townie who grew up in Lemont, a few minutes from campus. He's majoring in Journalism and has a passion for Spanish. Ethan's a lifelong Penn State football fan and loves talking all types of sports with whoever will listen. In the winter, when it's way too cold in Happy Valley to play golf, he teaches snowboarding at Tussey Mountain. If you ever want to learn how to ride, he'd love to teach you. Ethan enjoys whistling along to everything from Bruce Springsteen to Action Bronson. You can follow him @easyEKasales or email [email protected]

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