A week after suffering a four-game sweep at the hands of No. 2 Texas, the Penn State baseball returned to the win column by sweeping a three-game series against northern foes in Lantana, Fla.
In the weekend finale Sunday evening, St. Joseph's scored six third-inning runs to take control early, but Penn State's bats woke up in the sixth inning en route to an 8-7 victory. The Nittany Lions tallied seven runs in the final four frames, and despite a jam in the bottom of the ninth, reliever David Lutz allowed just one run and one hit over the final three innings to pick up his second win of the season.
Penn State (5-5) cruised in the weekend's first two games, beating Akron, 10-4, Saturday night and Lehigh, 15-5, in the first part of a doubleheader on Sunday.
Starting pitcher T.J. Macy continued his strong start to the season by striking out nine and allowing no runs in five innings of work against Akron. With run support in the form of seven runs in the first two innings, Macy finally notched his first win of the season. Left fielder Grant Youngblood and third baseman Joey DeBernardis each hit home runs for the Lions, with DeBernardis' homer in the seventh serving as his first career collegiate hit.
Sunday against Lehigh, pitcher Scott Kelley's strong outing was backed by a non-stop scoring barrage from the offense. The Lions tallied runs in seven of the eight innings, and first baseman Cory Wine and right fielder Rick Marlin each homered. Wine finished the game 4-for-6 at the plate with a double and five RBI, while leadoff man Blake Lynd recorded three hits and stole two bases.
Penn State returns to action 6 p.m. Tuesday and 4 p.m. Wednesday at Florida Gulf Coast in Fort Myers, Fla.