Penn State Baseball Shuts Out Pitt 7-0, Wins Seventh Straight
Pennsylvania baseball rival Pitt traveled to Medlar Field to challenge Penn State baseball on a chilly Tuesday night. The Nittany Lions struck first early and never looked back as they dominated the Panthers in a 7-0 shutout for their seventh straight victory.
How It Happened
Nick Hedge started on the mound for the sixth time this season and didn’t disappoint. Hedge made quick work of Pitt for most of the night and received his third win in the process. He ended with six innings pitched, allowing two hits and no runs with five strikeouts.
Penn State was on the board first with four straight hits to begin the first inning, which led to two of the three first-inning runs. Tyler Kendall’s sacrifice fly into center brought in the third run, allowing Penn State to go up 3-0.
Penn State’s offense continued with a four-run fifth inning highlighted by Tyler Kendall’s two-run single to put the Lions up 7-0. The Nittany Lions made the most of their opportunities as they scored seven runs on eight hits against Pitt.
Pitt’s offense, however, couldn’t contribute much, as it only produced two hits throughout the game.The lack of offense was surprising from a team that has 20 home runs and a combined .295 batting average.
Pitching was a clear weakness for the Panthers as they were shut out by the Nittany Lions 7-0. Penn State has now won seven straight games, and 10 straight at home.
Player Of The Game
Nick Hedge | Senior | Pitcher
Hedge’s sixth start of the season was dominant, as he only allowed two hits against the Panthers. Hedge had great command of his pitches and didn’t make any mistakes; the offense provided him with early support in the first inning. Penn State fans at Medlar Field were happy to see Hedge and the Nittany Lions shut down Pitt and move to 10-1 on the season at home.
Penn State heads to Easton to take on Lafayette for one game on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. before hosting Big Ten rival Michigan State for a three-game series this weekend.