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COLLEGE BASEBALL: Lions throttle Elizabethtown in finale, 2-0

Posted 5/6/15

 

After a roller coaster season, Penn State Harrisburg looked to finish out their 2015 campaign with a win – and the Lions did just that behind a standout performance from pitcher Brian Goodling, defeating Elizabethtown College, 2-0 on …

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COLLEGE BASEBALL: Lions throttle Elizabethtown in finale, 2-0

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After a roller coaster season, Penn State Harrisburg looked to finish out their 2015 campaign with a win – and the Lions did just that behind a standout performance from pitcher Brian Goodling, defeating Elizabethtown College, 2-0 on Wednesday, April 29 in Middletown.

Goodling, a sophomore, pitched eight innings of shutout baseball, giving up just four hits and striking out 14 batters.

The Blue & White (16-23) got their bats going early, jumping  on Elizabethtown (24-14) in the opening inning. Kevin Kremer's RBI groundout drove in Kyle Buchman to give the Lions a 1-0 lead.

Penn State Harrisburg extended its lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the second inning on a Mitchell Rodkey RBI single that scored Cody Henry.

The key to the victory was Goodling. Relief pitcher Tom Chaney entered the game in the ninth inning to pick up the save.

Gallaudet 2-3,
Lions 3-2

The two teams faced off many times before when both were members of the North Eastern Athletic Conference. But when they met for a double-header on Tuesday, April 28 in Washington, D.C., it marked the first time the teams played each other since the Lions moved to the Capital Athletic Conference.

The first game was evenly matched early as both the Lions and the Bison (8-26) did not allow any runs the first two innings.

But Penn State Harrisburg's Josh Brubaker broke the tie, driving in Chris Iocca in the top of the third inning to put the Lions in front, 1-0.

Gallaudet answered in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring two runs to take the lead.

With two outs in the top of the sixth inning, Penn State Harrisburg rallied, starting with a single by Zachary Ottobre. Brendan Miller followed with a walk, and Henry followed that with a single to load the bases. Great base running allowed the Lions to score two runs on wild pitches to take the lead, 3-2, and hold on for the victory.

But the Lions were not able to claim the sweep as the Bison battled back in the second game.

Lions 4, Messiah 0

Pitcher Will Chaney threw a three-hit shutout as Penn State Harrisburg beat the Falcons in the first-ever meeting of the two teams on Monday, April 27 in Grantham.

Chaney struck out seven in his complete-game win.

The Lions collected 11 hits against Messiah (17-17), with eight of its nine batters getting at least one hit.

Tom Denniston led the Lions at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two RBI.{jcomments on}

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