A Friday night in Florida wasn’t enough to push Penn State over the hump in their season opener.
Though the Lions’ pitching allowed just three hits, seven walks and five errors came back to bite as they dropped Game 1 of three by a score of 6-3 in the Big Ten / Big East Challenge in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Lions leadoff hitter Steve Snyder plated two with a fifth-inning double, while Elliot Searer brought home the third run of the game with an RBI groundout in the seventh.
One bright spot for the Lions was relief pitcher Greg Welsh’s 3.1 innings of work against the Pirates, allowing just one hit and one run to help keep the game close.
The Lions will take the field again Saturday at 4 p.m. for Game 2 of the Challenge. This time, the Lions will take on West Virginia.