Penn State pitchers struck 15 batters out Saturday night. So it makes sense that contact with the ball wasn’t the problem.
Walks and a lack of offensive production killed the Nittany Lions for the second time this weekend as the team falls to 0-2 after a 4-1 loss to West Virginia.
John Walter, the Lions’ second-most successful pitcher of the 2011 season, allowed three earned runs in four innings, walking five and striking out seven.
In relief, Tim Dunn continued the torrid strikeout pace by fanning six in 3.2 innings of work, while Neal Herring closed out the effort with two punch-outs in 1.1 innings.
After a four hit performance in Friday’s season opener, the Lions put together seven hits, though they only managed to plate one.
Luis Montesinos pushed across Penn State’s only run of the night, while Jordan Steranka went 3-for-4 to pull his average up to .500 in the team’s two games.
Game 3 of the Big East / Big Ten Challenge will take place at 10 on Sunday morning against Cincinnati.