Penn State Baseball to Host Midweek Games with Kent State and Bucknell
The Penn State baseball team finally halted a losing streak that spanned 13 games on Sunday with a 11-3 win over Wright State at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. Junior left-hander Greg Welsh tossed eight innings without allowing an earned run while the Nittany Lion offense pounded out 17 hits en route to the team’s first victory since March 9.
With five games in the next six days, the Nittany Lions (6-21) will look to build off the Wright State win and garner some momentum as the weather warms up in the month of April. Tonight at 7 p.m. they’ll take on Kent State (14-15), which shutout the Nittany Lions 10-0 last week in Ohio. On Wednesday, Bucknell (9-22) will travel to Medlar Field at Lubrano Park for a 6:05 p.m. first pitch.
According to GoPSUSports.com, freshman Nick Hedge will make his first career start on the mound for head coach Robbie Wine’s squad. Hedge has thrown 11.1 innings in six appearances with a 5.56 ERA out of the bullpen so far this year. Sophomore Patton Taylor (0-3, 13.50 ERA) will look for his first win of the year in his fourth career start on Wednesday against the Bison.
Last year, after experiencing similar struggles to start the year (7-18), the Nittany Lions ripped off a 15-4 month of April to turn the season around. The Nittany Lions are hoping to assemble a similar winning streak this year too if they hope to put up a fight in the Big Ten. With back-to-back series with conference foes Michigan and Iowa on the horizon the next two weekends, these two mid-week games could propel them to a higher rate of play in the Big Ten.
With inexperienced pitchers on the hill, the offense will have to carry the team. Senior Luis Montesinos, junior Alex Farkes, and sophomore J.C. Coban all went 3-for-5 against Wright State, while freshman James Coates and sophomore Aaron Novak added two hits apiece.
Tuesday night at the ballpark is “Panhellenic Pink Out,” with $1 of every ticket sold benefiting Penn State’s pink zone. Wednesday night is “Paint the Park Purple” Night, which benefits Penn State’s Relay For Life with $1 of every ticket sold donated to Relay For Life.